Why is it important to take care of varicose veins?
If varicose veins are left untreated, it can lead to serious health issues, such as ulcers on the legs, venous eczema and infections. Early detection and treatment is critical. In addition, your legs will feel and look better. You will enjoy greater mobility and less leg cramping and swelling.
Where does the blood go after Sclerotherapy?
The purpose of Sclerotherapy is to remove malfunctioning veins in order to reroute the blood in the direction of the healthy veins and thereby restore proper blood flow. (When varicose veins exist, blood does not flow properly and pools in the legs). Of course, new veins cannot be created. Unfortunately, venous insufficiency is a disease which develops.
Which solution is injected during the procedure?
Usually a FDA-approved foam solution called aetoxisclerol is used, which has been used world-wide now for many years.
What are the risks involved with the treatment procedures?
Every medicine has side effects, but it is important to weigh the risks (very minimal) against the treatment benefits. Without a doubt, the risks of avoiding treatment far outweigh those of having it. Remember: venous insufficiency is not only a cosmetic concern, it reflects serious medical risks. Of course, the treatment should be done by a well-qualified doctor with experience in these treatment procedures.
Is it recommended to treat varicose veins only after all of my pregnancies?
Definitely not! The risk of incidence of blood clotting in the veins, called superficial vein thrombosis, during pregnancy is very high and it may even lead to the life-threatening condition of deep vein thrombosis. Therefore, varicose veins must be treated as soon as possible.
When can I resume normal activities after Sclerotherapy?
Normal activities can be resumed immediately. Avoid tanning and direct expose to sunlight in the injection area because it can cause pigmentation. Depending on the size of the vein treated, it is recommended to resume strenuous sport activities only after one day to two weeks. Flying is allowed one week after treatment.
Do I need to wear compression stockings after the procedure?
No, if you underwent a treatment for spider veins.
Yes, if you underwent a treatment for varicose veins, for a period of 3 days up to two weeks depending on the type of treatment.
Can Sclerotherapy be done at all times?
Yes, venous disease does not stop. It must be closely supervised annually because venous disease can attack at any time.
Is it effective to treat varicose veins at an older age?
Of course, the skin and tissues are delicate and more likely to break when older. Therefore, it is vital to treat varicose veins, because if left untreated varicose vein symptoms can rarely be alleviated and the possibility of further complications is increased.
Does Sclerotherapy cause additional spider veins or varicose veins to develop?
Absolutely not! Venous disease is constantly developing throughout a person’s life and the procedure does not cause further development.