What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy has been used to treat varicose veins and spider veins on the legs for quite some time. It is also one of the most effective treatments for bulging veins in the hands and feet. This medical procedure involves the injection of a sclerosant solution into the prominent veins, which causes their eventual collapse. The treated veins are ultimately absorbed into the body and the blood is redirected naturally to flow through other healthier veins.
Sclerotherapy can treat the following:
- Leg veins
- Hand veins
- Feet veins
Sclerotherapy For Hand Veins
Prominent veins can make the hands look substantially older. Over the years, the skin loses some of its elasticity and volume. This can result in the appearance of lumpy, unattractive veins at the skin’s surface. Areas like the hands which receive a great deal of sun exposure, tend to show these signs of damage more quickly than other parts of the body.
These bulging veins that can be seen near the surface of the skin are not necessary to the circulatory system. Veins deeper within the hand are sufficient to transport blood to and from the area. Therefore, if surface hand veins are cosmetically bothersome, it is quite safe to treat and remove them.
Sclerotherapy treatment is performed in the doctor’s office and typically takes only about 30 minutes. Some patients require only a single session of sclerotherapy to completely the issue, while others may require multiple sessions. Anesthesia is not necessary and most patients report experiencing little to no pain, other than a mild burning sensation.
During sclerotherapy, a solution called a sclerosant is injected into the damaged veins with a very fine needle. The sclerosant causes irritation in the veins, eventually collapsing them. When the weakened veins collapse, they are reabsorbed into the body and healthier veins take their place.
The number of injections per session varies depending on the number and length of the damaged veins. After the sclerotherapy procedure, cotton balls and compression tape are applied to the injection site.
Sclerotherapy Recovery & Results
After sclerotherapy treatment, most patients can return to work and normal activities the same day. Compression gloves and support bandages may need to be worn for several days after the procedure. Some patients may experience mild bruising and discoloration after treatment but these side effects usually subside within a few days.
The long-lasting results of sclerotherapy begin to show up immediately, and are usually fully visible after 3 to 6 weeks. The number of sessions a patient will need will vary depending on the area to improve.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are suffering from varicose or spider veins, sclerotherapy may be a good treatment option for you. To find out more information, call (713) 349-8346 to schedule a consultation at Vein Center Houston