There are many different cosmetic problems that can make people feel self-conscious, and varicose veins constitute a common one. Basically, varicose veins are veins that are visible on the skin, and they have a twisted and enlarged appearance.
Most commonly, these varicose veins appear on the leg, although they are often seen elsewhere on the body as well. Veins contain pairs of leaflet valves that stop blood from flowing backwards, which is commonly known as venous reflux or retrograde flow; this backwards flow causes the appearance of these veins on the skin.
What Are Varicose Veins
There are many causes for varicose veins such as genetics, pregnancy, or the person having stood still or sat down for prolonged periods of time. Some of these veins respond well to non-surgical interventions, while some people need surgical treatment in order to make these unsightly veins go away. These veins take on this appearance due to abnormalities in blood flow. Normally, blood flows through the veins to your heart in pulses. After each of these pulses, valves located all along the veins close to prevent the blood from going back the other way. When these valves are not working properly, the blood flows backwards, away from the heart, and ends up pooling in the veins. This causes the veins to swell and turn into varicose veins, which are lengthened and enlarged. These veins are a cosmetic concern for many, but they can also actually be painful when they are not treated; they can involve increased blood pressure in those areas as well.
Varicose Veins Treatment
Skin Med Spa offers sclerotherapy for varicose veins. A sclerosing agent is injected into the veins; these injections are considered to be the gold standard treatment for varicose veins and has been used for nearly a century. It has shown itself to be very reliable and safe, and the procedure also takes less than an hour. Patients can go right back to their daily routines after coming in for this procedure. Those who have larger varicose veins may end up needing more than one treatment in order to fully eliminate them; in these cases, you should wait at least six weeks between treatments. Although you will be able to get back to your daily activities, you may need to wear support stockings for weeks, and there may be some bruising. It is important that you follow the instructions of the doctor who performed the vein treatment when taking care of yourself afterwards.
Sclerotherapy has a high success rate percent when it comes to eliminating these unsightly and sometimes painful veins. Many patients have said that the results were well worth the procedure, so that is definitely worth considering if you have some of these veins and want them gone.