How Does Foam Sclerotherapy Work?

How Does Foam Sclerotherapy Work?

Varicose veins are a common condition, affecting around 23% of people in the United States. While women are far more likely to experience varicose veins, or their tinier cousins, spider veins, they can affect anyone, and don’t discriminate based on race, age, or gender. Varicose veins may or may not come with symptoms, but treating them can dramatically improve your quality of life. 

You don’t have to let your varicose veins control your summer wardrobe, or your plans: the professional team at Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, has a range of treatments to take your legs from veiny and uncomfortable to svelte and smooth. If you’re ready to welcome a permanent, beautifying change, we offer foam sclerotherapy

Where did these veins come from?

Varicose veins are well-known to empathetic care professionals and frustrated patients alike. Our vascular system is equipped with a series of gravity-defying valves whose job it is to keep deoxygenated blood to the heart. When these valves weaken, or fail entirely, the oxygen-deprived blood begins to pool in the vein, hampering its journey to the heart. 

As your veins fill with blood, they bulge, eventually reaching the surface of your skin, where they appear as the thick, twisted lines that we recognize as varicose veins. Varicose veins are most commonly found on your calves and ankles, but can appear on your thighs and feet. Spider veins appear on the face and arms, are much smaller, and also easily treatable.

Do they need to be treated immediately? 

While there’s no emergency to treat varicose veins, treating them is a good option because it prevents them from exacerbating, and reduces the symptoms that you may have as a result. Your provider at Vascular Associates of San Diego will recommend conservative treatments, such as like compression socks, dietary changes, and more exercise, before suggesting stronger therapies that can be done in-office, like foam sclerotherapy.

How does foam sclerotherapy work?

Foam sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. Widely considered a standard treatment for this condition, foam sclerotherapy is a far cry from the painful and time-consuming treatment methods of the 1990s. While vein stripping remains an effective treatment, foam sclerotherapy is strongly preferred by both patients and practitioners. 

Foam sclerotherapy works by placing varicose vein-eating chemicals just under your skin. Using an ultra-fine needle to target the problem veins, the foam medication irritates the walls of varicose veins, causing them to wither, and eventually collapse. 

This treatment is long-acting and long-lasting, though the number of treatments and time to full effectiveness depends on the size of the vein. Spider veins vanish almost immediately, but varicose veins may need several months to fully disappear. Nevertheless, this safe outpatient procedure requires no downtime, allowing you to return to your normal activities immediately, or close to it.

Though the foam sclerotherapy injections do the lion’s share of the work, there are a few things that you will need to do to ensure thorough and proper healing. Your provider may prescribe pain medication to alleviate soreness or swelling at the injection site, and compression socks to bolster the injected treatment’s potency. 

Foam sclerotherapy was used in just under 300,000 cases of varicose veins in 2020, with 80% of recipients reporting satisfaction with their results. With a healthy diet, adequate exercise, and vigilance, your results should keep you happy for the rest of your life.

These varicose veins are getting under my skin

We’re sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your varicose veins. Our vein specialists are happy to intervene. Before recommending any treatment, your provider sits with you for a full consultation, including an in-depth discussion of your personal and family medical history. 

We’re happy to speak with you about your body’s unique needs, and work with you to choose the best treatment for your case of varicose veins. Call us today for a consultation at 619-375-1781, or book an appointment with us online. 

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