If you notice dark-colored veins on your legs, do not take them lightly as you may be suffering from varicose veins. Such veins usually occur because of increased blood pressure in the veins. The veins become swollen and enlarged and are usually dark purple or blue coloured.
What are the symptoms of Varicose veins or Spider veins?
- Painful, heavy, tired, or restless legs
- Blackish or discoloration
- Swelling of the ankles & feet
- Bulging or stretching superficial leg veins
What are the complications concerning Varicose veins?
- Inflammation of the veins
- Accumulation of fluid
- Skin discolouration
- Leg ulcer
- Formation of blood clots
Which all areas can get damaged because of Varicose veins?
Varicose veins can damage :
How are Varicose veins treated?
30% to 40% of the Indian population suffers from Varicose Veins, also known as spider veins. It completely depends on the size of the damaged veins, but Sclerotherapy can be used to treat Varicose veins.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive & virtually painless procedure that treats spider veins and larger varicose veins. In this, the doctor injects medicine into blood vessels to treat malformations.q
Using a fine needle, the sclerosing agent is injected directly into the diseased vein as a liquid or foam. The body's reactions lead to the closure of the vein, which is then broken down and disappears completely over time.
What are the types of Sclerotherapy used to treat Varicose Veins?
There are two types of Sclerotherapy:
Micro-Sclerotherapy:In major cases of spider veins and small varicose veins, a liquid sclerosing agent is used. This is the method usually adopted by doctors.
Foam Sclerotherapy: It is especially suitable for larger varicose veins because foam is even more effective. The functional result obtained with this method corresponds to that of the surgical removal of varicose veins.
You can consult our expert, Dr. Syed Nazim Hussain, a leading dermatologist based in Delhi to help you determine if this procedure is right for you. After consultation, you can be recommended to take medication or treatment. You can visit the Royal Lush Skin Clinic to get this treated. Here, we have minimally invasive treatment. The procedure is virtually painless and highly effective.
Who can undergo the Sclerotherapy treatment?
If you're pregnant, then you should not go ahead with the treatment. If you have a history of a blood clot, the decision will be taken by your dermatologist based on the overall health of the area that requires treatment.
Minor cramping, stinging, or burning in the treated vein can be a common side effect that one can experience after the treatment. All of these would subside in a few days. After Sclerotherapy, the treated veins start to fade gradually. Though, it takes a month or two to see full results. Based on the size of the veins that were treated, you may need up to four sittings of the treatment.
What are the things to avoid after the treatment?
Things that should be avoided for at least 48 hours after the treatment include:
- Hot compresses
- Direct exposure to the Sun
- Hot bath