Varicose veins and spider veins are prevalent conditions that affect millions globally. These vein issues not only alter the appearance of the legs but can also cause significant discomfort and pain. Varicose veins result from weakened or damaged valves within the veins. The heart pumps oxygen-rich blood throughout the body via arteries, while veins return the blood to the heart. As leg muscles contract, they push blood from the lower body back to the heart, working against gravity.

Fortunately, effective treatments exist to address these issues, with sclerotherapy being one of the most popular options. At Tinsley Surgical, we specialize in sclerotherapy, offering patients a non-surgical solution to enhance the appearance and comfort of their veins. This article will delve into the numerous benefits of sclerotherapy for vein treatment.

Understanding Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical solution into the affected veins using a fine needle. This solution causes the vein walls to swell, stick together, and seal shut, stopping blood flow. As a result, the vein fades within a few weeks and is eventually absorbed by the body. This procedure is highly effective for treating both varicose veins and spider veins, offering patients a minimally invasive alternative to surgery.

Benefits of Sclerotherapy Treatments

Sclerotherapy Treatment

1. Non-Surgical Procedure

One of the primary benefits of sclerotherapy is that it is a non-surgical procedure. Unlike traditional vein surgery, which requires incisions and a longer recovery period, sclerotherapy can be performed in a doctor’s office with minimal downtime. Patients can resume their normal activities shortly after the treatment, making it a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles.

2. Effective for Varicose and Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy treatments are effective for both varicose veins and spider veins. Varicose veins are caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins, which allow blood to flow backward and collect, causing the veins to enlarge and become varicose. Spider veins, on the other hand, are smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. Sclerotherapy can treat both conditions, improving the appearance of the legs and alleviating symptoms such as aching, swelling, and burning.

3. Quick and Simple Procedure

The sclerotherapy procedure is quick and simple, typically taking less than an hour to complete. A chemical solution is injected into the problematic veins using a fine needle during the treatment. The injection sites are carefully chosen to ensure the solution effectively seals the veins shut. Patients may experience some mild discomfort during the injections, but this is generally well-tolerated.

4. Minimal Side Effects and Risks

Sclerotherapy is associated with minimal side effects and risks compared to surgical vein treatments. Common side effects include itching and redness at the injection site, which usually subsides within a few days. More serious complications, such as blood clots or allergic reactions, are rare.

5. Long-lasting Results

The results of sclerotherapy are long-lasting, with many patients experiencing significant improvement in the appearance of their veins within a few weeks. While multiple treatments may be necessary for larger veins or extensive vein networks, the overall outcome is highly satisfying. Patients often report a boost in confidence and a reduction in discomfort after undergoing sclerotherapy.

What to Expect During Sclerotherapy Treatment

Before undergoing sclerotherapy, patients will have a consultation with a vein specialist at Tinsley Surgical. During this consultation, the doctor will review the patient’s medical history, assess the condition of the veins, and determine the most appropriate treatment plan. Patients should inform their doctor of any medications, including herbal supplements, they are taking, as some substances can affect the outcome of the treatment.

On the day of the procedure, patients should wear loose, comfortable clothing. The doctor will clean the treated areas and use a fine needle to inject the sclerosing solution into the affected veins. The solution causes the vein walls to swell, stick together, and seal shut, stopping blood flow. After the injections, patients may need to wear compression stockings to help the treated veins heal properly.

Post-Treatment Care and Recovery

Recovery from sclerotherapy is relatively easy compared to surgical vein treatments. Patients can usually return to normal activities immediately after the procedure, although they should avoid strenuous exercise, hot baths, and sun exposure for a few days. Wearing compression stockings as directed by the doctor is crucial to ensure the best results and prevent complications.

Patients may notice some bruising, redness, or dark spots at the injection sites, but these side effects typically resolve within a few weeks. It’s important to follow all post-treatment care instructions provided by the doctor to promote healing and achieve optimal results.

Who needs to have sclerotherapy treatment?

Sclerotherapy may be appropriate for people with varicose veins or spider veins, but it’s essential to consult with a vein specialist before undergoing treatment. Some factors that may make a person an ideal candidate for sclerotherapy include:

  • Having noticeable varicose or spider veins
  • Experiencing discomfort, swelling, or burning in the legs due to vein issues
  • Wanting a non-surgical alternative for treating varicose and spider veins
  • Being in good overall health with no contraindications for the procedure

It’s important to remember that sclerotherapy is not suitable for everyone, and a thorough consultation with a vein specialist is necessary to determine if it is the right treatment option. Other factors, such as pregnancy or certain medical conditions, may also affect a person’s eligibility for sclerotherapy.

Leg veins

At Tinsley Surgical, we offer a variety of treatments, including Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm treatment and advanced vein treatments.

What is a Vein Treatment?

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Treatment

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) affects the aorta, the large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. An aneurysm is an enlargement of the aorta that can potentially rupture, leading to a life-threatening bleed.

Having an abdominal aortic aneurysm increases your risk of thrombosis. This is when a blood clot that breaks off from the aneurysm blocks a blood vessel in your leg or organs, which can be painful and may lead to a potentially life-threatening embolism. Abdominal aortic aneurysms often develop without noticeable symptoms. Unless the aneurysm expands and starts causing issues, you may be unaware of its presence.

If your abdominal aortic aneurysm enlarges, you might experience symptoms such as:

  • Constant abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • A pulse near your belly button

If the aneurysm ruptures, the pain intensifies dramatically, often described as a tearing sensation. Your pulse becomes rapid, and your blood pressure drops, creating a medical emergency.

Varithena® Foam Sclerotherapy

At Tinsley Surgical, we utilize the latest advanced form of sclerotherapy with Varithena®, a foam that is injected into the affected veins. This foam seals off the vein, preventing blood flow through it, which causes the vein to wither and eventually break down. There are many other healthy veins to carry blood, so the loss of a few veins does not impair circulation.

Foam sclerotherapy offers several advantages. Unlike liquid sclerosants, the foam does not mix with your blood, allowing it to remain in the vein longer and work more effectively. Additionally, the foam’s thickness enables the team at Tinsley Surgical to view your veins using ultrasound, enhancing the treatment’s precision and effectiveness.

Varithena® Foam Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for improving the appearance of varicose and spider veins on the legs. It is also used to treat symptoms caused by these conditions, such as aching, swelling, and burning. During sclerotherapy, a chemical solution is injected directly into the varicose or spider vein. This solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse and eventually fade away. In some cases, multiple treatment sessions may be necessary to achieve desired results.

If you are struggling with varicose or spider veins, don’t let them affect your confidence and comfort any longer. Contact Tinsley Surgical today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how sclerotherapy can help you achieve healthier, more beautiful veins.