As you age, your veins change with you. The way they age is directly related to your genes, your overall cardiovascular health, and many of the lifestyles choices that you have made. For example, if you smoke, rarely exercise, have a desk job, or are overweight, you may have a high incidence of vein issues. Fortunately, sclerotherapy is a great treatment option for your problematic veins.
Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and generally only create cosmetic problems. These are sometimes called telangiectasias and appear as circular patterns of tiny red, blue, or purple veins on the skin.
On the other hand, varicose veins are wider and pop out more than spider veins do. These veins create both cosmetic problems as well as medical issues in many cases as they cause the ankles to swell and the skin to become hardened and irritated.
With today’s medical advancements, there are now many options for dealing with both types of veins. Lasers are often used on the surface of the skin to fade the smallest spider veins away while surgeries are frequently used to treat very large varicose veins. However, one of the most popular treatments that can be used for larger spider veins as well as for narrow varicose veins is sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive that involves a solution being injected into the problematic vein. This solution irritates the vein, causing it to become so inflamed that it closes. Once the vein is blocked, the blood is sent to healthier veins. Over time, the problematic vein dies and turns into scar tissue. It is then reabsorbed by your body, and within months, it fades completely from your skin.
Treatment with sclerotherapy is a permanent solution. The treated vein will never come back again. However, other new spider veins or varicose veins may pop up in the future. The best way to combat this is to make lifestyle changes that will affect the health of your veins.