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Varicose and Spider Veins: Foam Sclerotherapy

 Varicose Veins Diagram | LaserMed Skin and Vein CliniAs warm weather has finally arrived and is here to stay, summer is right around the corner. The warmer and sunnier weather means wearing shorts and trips to the beach. However, for many people this also means showing off varicose veins or spider veins. Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted veins that are situated near the surface of the skin and are most common in the ankles and legs. They are caused by weakened veins and valves in the legs. Ordinarily, the one-way valves in veins maintain the flow of blood from legs up toward the heart. However, when the valves do not work properly, blood collects in the legs and pressure builds up. As a result, the veins become large, weak and twisted. They may appear as swollen and twisted clusters of purple or blue veins. These veins are occasionally surrounded by thin capillaries that are referred to as spider veins. These veins are also easily visible through the skin and are commonly seen on the legs, chest, or face.

Dr. Chapman treats both types of veins with a procedure called foam sclerotherapy. This is a procedure that involves an injection of a solution called sclerosant into the veins to improve the appearance of the veins. The sclerosant purposely damages the internal lining of the vein and causes blood clotting within it. Eventually, the body destroys the vein and it will disappear. The solution usually used for the procedure is called sodium tetradecyl sulphate (STS) and is used in different concentrations dependent upon the size of the vein being treated. Foam sclerotherapy involves making small amounts of the STS solution into foam and is used to treat varicose veins that cannot be treated with conventional methods. It is a simple procedure that can be performed in Dr. Chapman’s office. The procedure takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes, and the number of veins that are injected within one session may vary depending upon the size and location of the veins. After the procedure, patients will be able to drive home and resume their normal daily activities.

In general, spider veins respond in approximately three to six weeks, and larger varicose veins respond in about three to four months. Atlanta area residents who want to get rid of veins through sclerotherapy should contact Dr. Jean Chapman at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic today for a consultation.

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