Do you wear pants despite hot weather due to bulging, twisted, discolored veins in your lower legs making you feel self-conscious? Do you feel like you look older than you are due to enlarged veins on the backs of your hands? If so, you may have varicose veins. At Reno Sparks Med Spa in Reno, NV, we offer several varicose vein treatments that may benefit you. Here’s what you need to know about what to expect from the results.
Can You Get Rid of Varicose Veins Permanently?
Yes, it is possible to get rid of varicose veins permanently depending on the treatment method you choose. Sclerotherapy is one of our most popular treatment methods for disordered veins, and it results in the permanent removal of varicose or spider veins. However, you may need three or more treatment sessions to achieve your desired results depending on the size of your disordered veins.
Laser therapy is another way to get rid of disordered veins permanently. Typically, you will only need a few 15- to 30-minute sessions to treat small disordered veins. You may need more treatment sessions to eliminate larger veins effectively. Compression garments are another popular treatment method for disordered veins, but compression garments can’t permanently eliminate disordered veins.
Am I a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Most fairly healthy adults with varicose or spider veins are considered good sclerotherapy candidates. However, you need to attend an initial consultation to confirm that this is the most effective solution for you and ensure that it is safe for you. If you suffer from certain medical conditions, like a history of blood clots or severe chronic venous insufficiency, you may be considered a poor fit for this treatment.
What Aftercare Guidelines Will I Need To Follow After Sclerotherapy?
After your sclerosant vein treatment, there are several aftercare guidelines you will need to follow. For instance, you should walk regularly after your treatment to facilitate adequate circulation. Additionally, you should support your circulatory system by wearing a compression garment as directed. You also need to avoid taking any blood-thinning supplements or anti-inflammatory drugs.
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy may be a good solution for your disordered veins if you want to treat fairly straight greater or lesser saphenous veins. The more tortuous your veins are, the less likely it is that laser therapy will be the ideal solution for you.
Additionally, you should not be bedbound if you want to get this treatment. You should be able to follow all aftercare guidelines to be considered a good candidate, including walking immediately after your treatment to support your circulatory system. It is also important that you keep the bandage and compression stocking over the treated area for 24 hours.
What Should I Expect During a Sclerotherapy Session?
Before your sclerotherapy session begins, we will inspect the areas targeted for treatment to ensure that they are not irritated. Then, we will sanitize your skin to mitigate the risk of an infection. Once you are prepared for your treatment, we will use a special vein light to help us see the disordered veins and inject polidocanol into them. Polidocanol is a sclerosant that will irritate the veins until they collapse, starve, die, and disappear.
What Should I Expect During a Laser Therapy Session?
We will inspect your areas of concern before your endovenous laser ablation session to ensure that there are no contraindications. Then, we will numb the treatment area and use ultrasound technology to view the veins targeted for treatment. Once that’s done, we will make a tiny incision in the treatment area.
Then, a small catheter will be inserted into the incision and guided to the vein targeted for treatment. After that, we will insert a laser fiber into the catheter and pull the catheter out slowly. The laser will heat the targeted vein until it closes up. Then, we will apply a bandage to the treated area.
What Are the Risk Factors of Developing Varicose Veins?
There are several risk factors for the development of varicose veins. One of the most significant risk factors is sex. Men are significantly less likely to develop this medical condition than women. This may be due to women experiencing more hormonal changes due to such factors as birth control pills, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, and hormone replacement therapy.
Age is another significant risk factor for the development of this condition. As you age, the valves in your veins weaken significantly due to decades of wear and tear. Eventually, this can cause blood to pool in your extremities, causing bruising, discomfort, and other problems. You also are more likely to develop this condition if you have a family history of it.
What Can I Do To Reduce My Risk of Developing This Condition in the Future?
Sclerotherapy and laser therapy can eliminate varicose veins permanently. However, there is a chance that other veins will become varicose in the future. To reduce the likelihood of this happening, there are several things you can do. One of the most effective steps you can take is to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a significant risk factor that you have the power to control.
Maintaining an active lifestyle is another effective step you can take to reduce the chance that your veins will become disordered in the future. If you are already at a healthy weight, you should aim to get at least half an hour of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five days weekly. If you need to reduce your BMI, you should aim for an hour of moderate cardio five days weekly.
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Depending on the varicose vein treatment you choose, you can get rid of your disordered veins permanently. Specifically, you can eliminate disordered veins permanently with laser treatments or sclerotherapy. However, wearing compression garments will not result in the elimination of disordered veins. Contact us today at Reno Sparks Med Spa in Reno, NV to schedule a free evaluation if you want to learn more.
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