Varicose veins are unattractive and can pose a serious health problem. They can be extremely painful, cause intense itching and create small sores on the surface of the skin. In time, they may develop blood clots that break free and travel to the heart or lungs. Considering how serious they can be, the answer is relatively easy. Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment available at our office in Canton, MI that may remove your varicose veins completely and let you have smooth legs again.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment that involves an injection of a special solution directly into the affected vein. The solution spreads throughout the vein and coagulates the blood, damaging the vein wall. This makes the vein collapse and eventually be absorbed by the surrounding tissue.
Varicose veins occur when the vein and the tiny valves inside the vein become weak and fail to push the blood efficiently against gravity and back to the heart. This weakness may develop in people who have a family history of varicose veins and in people who are obese. Other major reasons for veins becoming weak are long periods of sitting or standing.
Sitting for long periods at work or home cuts the circulation to the legs. This means the heart and veins must overwork to keep the blood flowing. Standing for long periods also forces the heart and veins to overwork. When a vein becomes weak, the blood remains in it and starts to stretch the vein walls and bulge. When it becomes severe, the bulging reddish or bluish veins can be seen like ropes below the skin. If the vein is pushed or knocked, it can start to bleed. The wound is also hard to heal as the skin is thin and doesn’t mend well.
Sclerotherapy has been used to treat varicose and spider veins since the 1930s. It is safe and has few side effects. It all starts with a consultation with our vein specialist at Elite Vein & Hair Restoration in Canton, MI. We also have locations in Dearborn, MI and Shelby Charter Township, MI. Your veins may be examined to see if you are a good candidate for sclerotherapy. If sclerotherapy is the right treatment for you, we can plan for your treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.