Are varicose veins putting a damper on your confidence? Varicose veins plague many people throughout the world. However, we are pleased to tell you that there are effective treatments to combat the appearance of varicose veins. At Shaheen Vascular, we offer a wide range of varicose vein treatments. One such treatment is sclerotherapy. For more information on sclerotherapy treatments, contact us online or give us a call today!
What Are Varicose Veins?
Before we dive into the treatments for varicose veins, it is best to discuss what they are and what causes them. Varicose veins are a collection of veins that have a bulging or cord-like appearance. They are usually purple or blue, and some are more visible than others.
Varicose veins don’t only affect your appearance, but they can cause severe pain and discomfort. Your body may ache around the varicose veins. In addition, varicose veins can escalate and result in ulcers around your feet and ankles. They can make your legs cramp up or feel heavy. The skin around your varicose veins can also become dry and swollen. Varicose veins can have a number of impacts on your health. Don’t let the pain and discomfort of varicose veins get out of hand. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
What Are Spider Veins?
Some varicose veins have a web-like appearance. These smaller varicose veins are known as spider veins. While these are not particularly harmful or painful, they can still affect your lifestyle. Many people are afraid to wear clothing that reveals their spider veins. Spider veins can also lead to more severe varicose veins that cause pain and discomfort. It is best to target them while they are small. Contact us to learn more about sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Where do Varicose Veins Come From?
Thinned Vein Walls
Veins are responsible for carrying blood to and from your heart. Blood transports oxygen around your body. Your veins have thin walls, so they should not be subjected to large amounts of pressure. Varicose veins appear when these walls stretch under the regular flow of blood.
Failure to Stop Blood from Flowing Backwards
The most common cause of varicose veins is when blood flows backward. There are valves in your veins to prevent this. However, if these valves stop working, your blood will flow backward in the opposite direction. This happens when your heart is not pumping blood actively. The change in direction can cause the buildup of stagnant blood. This leads to varicose veins. If you have high blood pressure, it may contribute to the development of varicose veins and other venous conditions.
Where Can Varicose Veins Appear?
The most common place for varicose veins to appear is on your legs. However, they can appear on the pelvis, rectum, uterus, vagina, and esophagus.
How to Prevent Varicose Veins
Unfortunately, the most common cause of varicose veins is genetics. If your family has a history of varicose veins, you will likely have them too. However, despite genetics, you can take steps to prevent varicose veins. The best way to prevent varicose veins is to avoid standing for extended periods. Standing for long can cause a buildup of stagnant blood, which leads to varicose veins. You won’t experience the same risk when running or exercising since there is an increase in blood circulation during physical activity.
A balanced diet and regular exercise routine can also prevent varicose veins from developing. Maintaining a stable weight can lower the risks of developing varicose veins as it encourages good circulation and a healthy heart.
You can also reduce the risk of varicose veins by keeping your legs elevated when you sit for long periods. This is especially necessary if your ankles or feet are swollen. Compression socks can also improve blood circulation in your legs to prevent the backward flow of blood. The best way to prevent severe varicose, or spider veins is to seek medical help as soon as you notice signs of development, no matter how big or small they are.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an effective varicose vein treatment. It is minimally invasive and has been used for nearly a hundred years. It is considered the best treatment for varicose and spider veins. During your sclerotherapy treatment, we will inject a saline substance into your veins. This will trigger a reaction as your body detects the foreign substance. In fact, your veins will become irritated by the substance and swell up. This is what makes sclerotherapy so effective. Your veins will become clogged due to the swelling, forcing your body to send the blood to other veins. After blood flow has been restricted in the treated area, the vein will die and become scar tissue. In time, your body will remove the dead tissue naturally by dissolving and absorbing it.
What is a Sclerotherapy Treatment Like?
Your treatment should take about 30 to 45 minutes. You won’t have to worry about downtime or an extended recovery period. You will notice the final result after a few weeks. Sclerotherapy is ideal for patients with small to medium-sized varicose and spider veins. We will guide you through the process when you come to us in Mountain View, CA, for a consultation.
Effective Sclerotherapy For Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
If you would like to remove your varicose veins safely, sclerotherapy is the ideal solution. At Shaheen Vascular, we offer sclerotherapy treatments for your small to medium-sized varicose veins. You can count on us to deliver professional services to relieve your pain and discomfort.