Varicose and spider veins can be unpleasant to look at and they can also cause a person quite a bit of pain. Whether you have recently developed these veins or have dealt with them for some time, treatment can help. Several different types of treatment are available, with some working better for certain cases than others. If you are looking into varicose vein treatment, you may be wondering how long the results will last. Well, this can vary depending on the type of spider vein treatment, but one treatment that has great results is sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is the longest-standing form of varicose and spider vein treatment available. In fact, the first reported sclerotherapy attempt was in 1682, but it came into regular use in the 1930s. Of course, the treatment has been refined and greatly improved since then.
Sclerotherapy uses a saline solution that is injected into an affected vein. This saline solution will irritate the interior lining of the vein, which will cause it to collapse. Once the vein has collapsed, blood will be rerouted to other healthier veins. The vein that has collapsed will turn into scar tissue and be reabsorbed by the body over time.
Sclerotherapy tends to be highly effective, with studies showing it can eliminate up to 50 to 80% of the veins treated. On the other hand, this treatment is ineffective for about 10% of patients. In these cases, doctors may try another type of solution to see if it works better. Keep in mind that sclerotherapy tends to be very effective in varicose and spider vein removal, but it is not guaranteed to work for everyone. Fortunately, several other types of treatment can be used on those who receive no benefit from sclerotherapy.
Since sclerotherapy destroys the affected vein, this treatment is considered to be permanent. In other words, the results of sclerotherapy will last forever. However, these results only refer to the particular veins treated. Patients may develop additional problematic veins that could require more treatment. Fortunately, sclerotherapy can be performed on multiple veins at a time, which means that even if you do develop further spider or varicose veins, they can be easily addressed again.
If you are interested in receiving sclerotherapy, consult with your doctor. Sclerotherapy is not the right form of treatment for everyone. Certain factors, such as pregnancy or taking certain types of medication, can make an individual a poor candidate. For this reason, you must consult with your doctor, as they will be able to recommend the best form of treatment or refer you to a vein specialist who can offer other options.
At BASS Vein Center, we are equipped with the best vein specialists and vascular surgeons to meet all your vein needs. If you want treatment for varicose or spider veins but are unsure which treatment is for you, give BASS Vein Center a call at (925) 281-5912. We have vein clinics that serve Alameda, Alamo, Antioch, Berkeley, Brentwood, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Oakland, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. We can talk you through each process and answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you are ready to come into our vein centers, schedule an appointment today!