Veins are blood vessels responsible for returning deoxygenated blood back to the heart. They are usually close to the surface of the skin and appear bluish and ropey. Spider veins are just under the surface of the skin. They are much smaller than varicose veins, being the width of only one blood cell. If you suffer from either of these problematic veins, it may be time to consider treatment with sclerotherapy in Oakland, NJ.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a type of medical technique that has been used for decades to help Oakland, NJ patients eliminate varicose and spider veins. It involves the use of a solution that is injected right into the vein. This solution will irritate the vein and cause the lining of the blood vessel to become swollen and collapse. The blood that was once held in these veins will be rerouted by the body, and the collapsed vein will be eventually absorbed.
Would I Make a Good Candidate?
We can help you determine if you would make a good candidate for a sclerotherapy procedure during your initial consultation with us. The treatment is not recommended for those who are pregnant or have had a recent blood clot. The area requiring treatment will also need to be reasonably healthy. If a vein is being considered for a potential heart bypass surgery, it is not usually considered for sclerotherapy treatment unless it has been decided that it is unusable.
The procedure takes place in the comfort of our office. How many veins require treatment depends upon their size and location and your own overall medical condition, among other factors. Before your sclerotherapy procedure, you will be asked to refrain from taking certain medications. You should also inform us about any medications, herbs, or nutritional supplements that you are currently taking since they can have an effect on the procedure.