Diagnosis and Treatment of Varicose & Spider Veins
If you are like most of us, your pride in physical appearance translates into greater self-confidence. Any condition that detracts from your appearance or causes undue discomfort becomes an unnecessary distraction. Varicose and spider veins are such a common condition. They are generally unsightly and sometimes painful. They can be treated safely, painlessly, and effectively.
The Sclerotherapy procedure is performed in the comfort of our office, and normal activities may be resumed immediately after treatment. Large veins may require a procedure known as ligation which leaves only a small scar in the groin area.
At Arizona Vein & Skin Rejuvenation, Dr. Soldo personally performs the procedures. Your first visit to Arizona Vein & Skin Rejuvenation will include a medical history, physical evaluation, non-invasive venous studies, photograph to monitor progress, instruction in compression therapy and prevention of varicose veins. If advised, your first treatment may begin with this initial visit.
How Sclerotherapy Works
Sclerotherapy is a safe and virtually painless non-surgical method of treating spider and small varicose veins.
It involves the injection of a mild sclerosing solution in small amounts via an extremely small caliber needle. Very little, if any, discomfort is felt during the procedure. Over a period of a few days, the vessel walls will shrink and the unsightly veins will be gone. Larger vessels will take a few weeks to disappear.
Sclerotherapy was first performed over 100 years ago and has been used extensively in Europe for over fifty years. It has become very popular in the U.S. in the past two decades. Depending on the severity of the disease, it may require from one to four injections to treat any vessel. The procedure is performed in the comfort of our office, and normal activities may be resumed immediately after treatment.
Causes of Varicose and Spider Veins
The most likely causes in descending order of importance are:
• Family History
• Gender --Women get varicose veins up to four times more often than men
• Estrogen and birth control pills
• Occupation or life style, particularly prolonged standing or sitting
• Hot baths, sun tanning, alcohol, girdles, and high heels
Treatment for Larger Veins
A new procedure allows for the removal of large veins through tiny incisions. This procedure can be done comfortably under local anesthesia. Extremely large veins may require Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) or VNUS™ closure. This operation leaves only a small scar in the groin area.
Prior to any treatment performed at Arizona Vein & Skin Rejuvenation, your evaluations and recommended methods of treatment will be discussed in detail with you.
Prevention of Varicose of Spider Veins
Non-impact activities such as walking, bicycling, swimming, and rowing
Weight reduction and control
Avoiding high heels
Avoiding hot baths and sun bathing
Avoid long periods of standing or sitting. If unavoidable, intermittently activate calf pump action
Wearing medically prescribed graduated compression stockings
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