What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that appear at the surface or close to the surface of the skin. They often appear as twisted, discolored veins that may be painful. It is common for varicose veins to cause leg aches, fatigue, calf cramps, or restless leg syndrome.
What causes varicose and spider veins?
The main cause of varicose and spider veins is genetics. Other factors include pregnancy, trauma, and long periods of standing.
How are varicose and spider veins treated?
Through a procedure called sclerotherapy, both spider veins and superficial varicose veins can be treated. Sclerotherapy is a technique in which a very fine needle is used to inject an FDA-approved solution into the veins. The treatment feels like a small mosquito bite. The medication causes a mild, controlled reaction which results in the vein walls shrinking and ultimately closing.
What happens during a sclerotherapy procedure?
Each procedure is personalized to the needs of the patient. Individualized therapy is performed according to the tone of your skin, size of your veins and the state of your condition. Hollywood Dermatology is pleased to offer the newest technology in sclerotherapy treatment, called the Luminetx VeinViewer®. This procedure allows us to identify the feeder vein and effectively decrease the number of injections and side effects.
Because many of the veins are interconnected, one injection can eliminate several veins at a time. When the vein is completely closed, the blood cannot flow through it. Thus, the blood finds its way to better, healthier veins and circulation is greatly improved.
What is the Recovery from Sclerotherapy?
Since the procedure is completely non-surgical, downtime is minimal. Our patients may resume their normal daily activities immediately.
Are Results from Sclerotherapy Treatment Permanent?
Sclerotherapy does not prevent new veins from appearing. It only treats veins that already exist.