People who suffer from varicose veins do not merely deal with the unsightly appearance of the veins on their legs, but with the medical risks that accompany them as well. Varicose veins are connected to a number of bleeding disorders. In addition to making it much easier for you to bleed due to an injury, varicose veins may also increase your risk of blood clots. A blood clot, when undetected, can cause deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, or stroke.
Symptoms and Causes of Varicose Veins
If you notice the appearance of unsightly veins on your lower legs, you will want to evaluate whether they pose a medical risk. The following are symptoms that may indicate the need for treatment.
- Swelling in your foot that has accompanied the appearance of the varicose veins.
- Skin discoloration in the affected area.
- The development of ulcers on your ankles or lower legs.
- Restless leg syndrome or leg cramps while you sleep.
- Feeling overly tired or fatigued throughout the day.
There are numerous factors that can contribute to the appearance of varicose veins. Certain occupations can cause them via repetitive use injuries while other people are predisposed due to their genes. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, you may also be more likely to suffer from varicose veins at some point in your life. Finally, there are medical factors that can be linked to varicose veins such as obesity, pregnancy, and the use of certain medications.
For many people, the appearance of varicose veins causes a loss of self-esteem. They may avoid wearing clothing that shows off the veins and change their lifestyle to avoid situations where others may comment on them. Whatever your reason is for wanting to treat this condition, sclerotherapy is an effective option to consider.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Many people will attempt compression therapy for varicose veins before looking into other options. If the use of compression socks or stockings is not showing any improvement, you will want to consider alternatives. Sclerotherapy targets the unsightly veins that you are looking to remove by injecting a solution directly into the vein, which causes the vein to contract and dissolve over time.
The type of solution will be determined based on the severity of your condition and other medical factors. Some veins are more difficult to treat and have traditionally required surgical procedures to treat. The use of an ultrasound machine has made it possible to treat these veins as well with ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. The side effects are normally minimal and limited to swelling at the injection site, minor pain, and hives in the surrounding area.
The procedure often takes less than 30 minutes and does not require invasive surgery. More insurance companies are recognizing varicose vein treatments as a medical procedure rather than a cosmetic one, so your insurance company may cover an option such as sclerotherapy.
Learn More About Your Treatment Options
Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics has been serving the nation since 2004. Our innovative treatment technologies are approved to treat numerous skin conditions without the need for surgery. To learn more about our sclerotherapy treatment options, fill out our online contact form or give us a call at 602-274-8254. Also, ask about our financing options for those who are unable to pay for our treatments with insurance.