Do you have uncontrollable itching caused by varicose veins? If so, sclerotherapy may be the ideal solution for you. At Cardiac Associates of North Jersey in Oakland, NJ, we are proud to offer this non-invasive, highly effective treatment. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the benefits of sclerosant vein therapy, including safety, efficacy, efficiency, and results.
This Treatment Provides Long-Lasting Results
You can expect to enjoy the results of your sclerotherapy treatment for a very long time. As a matter of fact, the results of this treatment are considered permanent. This is because, during this treatment, the sclerosant injected into the disordered vein irritates it until it collapses. Once the venous walls collapse, blood can no longer flow through the treated veins. Without blood flowing through the treated veins, they starve to death.
Eventually, the dead veins are absorbed by surrounding healthy tissues. The dead veins never grow back, but it is possible for veins that are currently healthy to become varicose after the treatment.
How to Prevent Varicose Veins From Developing in the Future
To enjoy the longest-lasting sclerotherapy results, your number one priority should be taking steps to prevent the future formation of varicose veins. The bottom line is you have to make lifestyle choices that are conducive to healthy veins. If you have a family history of varicose veins, your risk of developing varicose veins in the future is greater. While there’s nothing you can do to change your genes, you can ensure your lifestyle choices are healthy.
For example, you can lose weight until you have a healthy BMI to mitigate the risk of varicose veins developing in the future. You can also make a point to be more active because a sedentary lifestyle is a significant risk factor for the development of varicose veins. If your weight is currently healthy for your height, you may benefit from weighing yourself weekly or monthly to ensure you stay on track.
This Treatment Is Extremely Convenient
Another incredible benefit of this treatment is that it is convenient. As a general rule, you can expect your treatment to take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. However, the length of your session will vary based on how many areas you are trying to treat. Additionally, the more severe your varicose veins are, the longer your treatment session will take. Furthermore, how deep in your body the varicose veins are affects how long treatments take.
One reason this treatment is so convenient is that there is no need for sedation or general anesthesia to keep you calm while your disordered veins are being treated. If you were administered sedation or general anesthesia, we would have to monitor you for a long time after you woke up to ensure that you woke up fully. Also, this treatment is convenient due to the lack of general anesthesia because you may be able to drive safely after your treatment.
A Word on Post-Treatment Restrictions
Keep in mind, despite the non-invasive nature of this treatment, there will be a couple of restrictions you will need to adhere to. For example, you should keep the injection sites from being too hot. Avoid vigorous exercise and do not apply a hot compress or electric blanket to the area. Also, don’t take NSAIDs.
This Treatment Is Safe
The safety of this treatment is another exciting benefit. It has been used since the 1930s to treat both varicose and spider veins safely. Even more exciting is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given this treatment its seal of approval. FDA approval is only granted to products or services that are both safe and effective. However, it isn’t right for everyone, so you’ll need to attend an initial evaluation to verify it will be safe for you.
This Treatment Provides Rapid Results
When deciding how to treat your varicose or spider veins, you should keep in mind that you see rapid results from sclerotherapy. Most people experience some immediate symptom relief after treatment. For example, itching may subside as soon as your session is complete. However, it may take between three and six weeks for your treated veins to be processed fully.
Keep in mind, in some cases, it can take around three months for the final results of this treatment to become apparent. This is because two treatment sessions are sometimes required for the veins to collapse fully and starve to death. Usually, treatment sessions are spaced four to six weeks apart, so it is more likely that you will see your results seven to 12 weeks after your first session rather than three to six weeks after your session.
There are many benefits associated with sclerotherapy. For example, it is safe, convenient, effective, fast-acting, and long-lasting. Depending on the size of the targeted veins, results can be seen in roughly three weeks to three months. To find out whether this treatment is right for you, contact us today at Cardiac Associates of North Jersey in Oakland, NJ
to schedule your initial consultation.