Spider veins may seem like an insignificant problem at first, but when your legs are covered with these unsightly veins it can have a major impact on your self-image. Instead of wearing the clothes you love and engaging in activities you enjoy, you’re stuck in long pants no matter how hot the weather. Fortunately, spider vein specialists such as Dr. John Chuback have a solution – sclerotherapy. This minimally invasive procedure reduces the appearance of spider veins, allowing you to show off your legs again without embarrassment.
Why do Paramus, NJ patients experience spider veins?
When a person experiences visible spider veins, it can be a sign of a bigger problem. Instead of carrying blood back to the heart efficiently, the veins have faulty valves. This allows blood to reflux in the leg, causing visible veins.
The type of vein damaged affects the symptoms you will experience. When damage affects a vein deep in the leg, the pressure can lead to bulging vein problems, or varicose veins. However, if the damaged vein lies close to the surface of the skin a smaller, finer spider vein will form.
What is sclerotherapy and how can it help?
Sclerotherapy is a type of vein treatment used on spider and small varicose veins. A very small, fine needle is inserted into the diseased vein and a chemical agent is injected. This agent irritates the vein walls, causing them to swell. This swelling closes off the vein, eliminating blood flow and reducing the appearance of the veins.
One session of sclerotherapy may not be enough to completely eliminate the problematic vein. However, after a few appointments you will notice a huge improvement in the vein’s appearance. Because sclerotherapy is minimally invasive there is no need for a lengthy recovery or general anesthesia, allowing you to undergo treatment in as little as an hour.
Sclerotherapy and conservative treatment
Sclerotherapy is often used in conjunction with other forms of vein treatment. Its most common companion is conservative treatment. This form of treatment focuses on improving vein function without any surgical intervention. Instead, it focuses on simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve your vascular health and reduce your risk of more spider veins appearing in the future.
Compression stockings are a common type of conservative treatment used with sclerotherapy. These stockings provide your legs with helpful graduated pressure. They provide the most pressure around the ankles and then gradually lessen as you move up the leg. This encourages blood to move upwards instead of pooling back, reducing your risk of vein problems.
Exercise and weight management are two other common components of conservative treatment. Being overweight or obese puts unnecessary strain on your blood vessels, increasing your risk of damage. Regular exercise helps burn off extra calories and encourages proper blood movement, making it an important part of any conservative method of vein treatment.
If you have had enough of embarrassing spider veins, there are treatment options for you. Here at the Chuback Medical Group we have the experience and expertise needed to effectively get rid of varicose veins and spider veins. If you’d like to learn more about what we can do to help you eliminate your vein problems, give our Paramus, NJ spider vein center a call. We look forward to working with you!