Varicose veins and their smaller version, spider veins, can be embarrassing due to their unsightly nature. How do you wear shorts or beachwear with confidence if you have them?
But even more importantly, varicose veins can cause medical problems if they become too large and are left untreated. They can cause ulcers (especially around the ankle area), bleeding (if the vein bursts and is close to the skin’s surface), or blood clots. The treatment is easy and doesn’t require a major medical procedure – it is called sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy involves going to a vein doctor’s office and having the problematic vein injected with a special solution, which makes the vein eventually close and fade away naturally. This doesn’t cause problems in the body because the blood will recirculate via different adjacent veins.
Let’s talk about the types of people who are ideal candidates for sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy Candidate Checklist
Regardless of the reason why you may have varicose veins – weight gain, pregnancy, long periods of standing or sitting, etc. – you may want to have them removed. A vein doctor will determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure by first checking your medical history and overall health.
Good candidates are those who:
- Have evident spider veins or varicose veins
- Are reasonably healthy
- Have no medical history of blood clotting in the legs
- Are not pregnant
- Are not currently breastfeeding
- Understand that the treatment will not be able to prevent new varicose veins from forming
If you are pregnant, bedridden, currently take anticoagulants, have a major chronic health issue, or are allergic to the sclerosing agent used in the procedure, then you are not a good candidate for the procedure.
Ultimately, the only way to find out is to see a doctor for a full evaluation. The physician may be able to provide alternative methods of treating your varicose veins.
Minimally Invasive Sclerotherapy Treatment in Houston, TX
If you are tired of covering up your legs, or another area of the body that has spider veins, you should consider sclerotherapy treatment to eliminate them. This is the most effective, minimally invasive way to treat spider veins and varicose veins, and it has been utilized for many decades.
Here at The Vein Institute & MediSpa, we offer you various vein treatments for smooth and vein-free legs. In addition to sclerotherapy, we perform endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) to treat varicose veins without surgery.
Our board-certified physician, Dr. Raymond Little, will evaluate your vascular condition and explain the treatment options that should be most suitable for you. Whether it’s sclerotherapy, endovenous laser therapy, or Harmony Laser therapy, we will make sure you are comfortable with the procedure. We will also perform follow-up checkups to make sure everything is healing properly, and we can conduct additional therapies as necessary.
For legs free of unsightly spider veins and varicose veins, contact us at The Vein Institute & MediSpa today by calling us at (281) 312-0208 to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment now via our online form. We look forward to helping you achieve smooth skin without spider veins!