Well, it’s that time of year again! As we prepare to make the transition into May, most Canadians are happily putting away their heavy jackets and are looking forward to wearing a lot lighter clothing over the next several months. During the spring and summertime, shorts, skirts, t-shirts and tank tops are the norm. But there are many of us who’d prefer to keep covered up, no matter how hot the temperatures get.
Why would anyone want to cover up during the summer? Spider veins, that’s why! For many Canadians, varicose and spider veins that appear in their legs make the ideas of wearing shorts or skirts unbearable ones. They’d much rather bear the brunt of being too hot instead of suffering what they would consider embarrassing moments of revealing their unsightly legs. This isn’t exactly fair. And it certainly shouldn’t have to be the case.
What is the solution to varicose and spider veins? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer sclerotherapy, which is commonly referred to as the “gold standard” when it comes to the treatment of varicose and spider veins. It’s preferred over laser treatment because the sclerosing solution that is injected closes the feeder veins under the skin that cause the spider veins to form to begin with.
How does sclerotherapy work to diminish varicose and spider veins? With a number of injections of the solution into the veins, they begin to collapse and fade away from view. Shortly thereafter, a patient’s treated leg is compressed with either stockings or bandages that are usually worn for about two weeks after the treatment. Patients are also highly encouraged to walk regularly, so as to promote blood circulation in the legs.
Do varicose and spider veins present any health risks? Sclerotherapy is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, considering that varicose and spider veins are not known for causing significant pain, discomfort or health issues. For the most part, they are simply seen as undesirable and are therefore, commonly covered up, if not diminished by the treatment. Sclerotherapy, however, is also known for treating any aching, burning, swelling and cramping caused by the veins.
How long does the procedure take and how quick are the results? Sclerotherapy is a pretty simple procedure that often requires no more than 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Commonly, a patient’s daily activities can be resumed right away. As well, results are quickly visible. Sclerotherapy treatments are also known for resulting in the elimination of up to 80 percent of the veins that are injected with the solution.
Can sclerotherapy help to diminish veins of all sizes? Typically, smaller spider veins are successfully destroyed by injections made with fine needles. However, for deeper and larger varicose veins, a treatment known as echo sclerotherapy can be employed. This is a safe and efficient procedure that uses Doppler ultrasound guidance. It has been known to effectively treat varicose veins and eliminate the need for surgery.
If you’re worried about having to cover up your varicose and spider veins for yet another summer, sclerotherapy may be for you! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.