What Should You Be Aware of Before Sclerotherapy?
Spider veins are one of the most common cosmetic issues affecting woman across the US. With over 60% of all women (and many men!) suffering from leg vein issues at some point during their adulthood, they have become somewhat of a rite of passage into adulthood for many. As we age, we tend to experience the terrible, unwanted effects of aging – with circulatory issues being some of the most common. These circulatory issues, combined with hormonal changes, weight gain and genetics, can often lead to vascular issues like spider veins or varicose veins. While these issues might not be too much of a medical concern, they are a strong cosmetic issue that needs to be dealt with, making spider vein removal an important procedure for many women. At Queens medical spa, Aesthetic Solutions they specialize in a procedure known as sclerotherapy, an innovative method of eliminating the appearance of unsightly spider veins and vascular formations. Sclerotherapy was actually first introduced in the 1930’s and has advanced quite far over the last 80-plus years, becoming the most effective means of ridding us of unwanted spider veins and varicose veins. Despite its effectiveness, and popularity, many are still fairly uneducated on the ins and outs of the treatment. To better help you understand what you should know about the treatment, here is some important information about the before and aftercare for sclerotherapy.
· Who is a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Again, varicose veins and spider veins appear for a variety of different reasons, including – obesity, aging, circulatory issues, hormonal fluctuations, history of blood clotting, and prolonged period of standing. For the most part, the best candidates for sclerotherapy are those who suffer from spider veins, and some smaller varicose veins, which tend to be much larger than conventional spider veins, but far less common. It is important for some individuals to avoid sclerotherapy as it requires using a solution injected into the veins to eliminate them. As a result of sclerotherapy, other veins in the area must take over for the blood flow of that now “dead” vein – while some individuals with circulatory issues don’t have the veins to be able to take over. Those who should avoid sclerotherapy include:
o Those with a history of vein inflammation, blood clots, diabetes, artery issues, leg ulcers and other vascular issues.
o Women who are pregnant.
o Undergone any type of mastectomy.
o A dialysis shunt.
· Pre-procedural Steps to Take
Before your sclerotherapy procedure, it is important to take a variety of different steps to take in order to ensure a proper procedure. It is important to take the following steps:
o Avoid vitamin E or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, Motrin, and types of aspirin for at least a week before. Tylenol can be a good substitute however, it is important to consult the doctor before.
o Bring along comfortable shorts and loose-fitting clothing, for the time of the procedure.
o You will also need to wear compression stockings for immediately after the procedure as they will help your vascular issues, once the sclerotherapy procedure is completed.
Sclerotherapy is a vital procedure for those suffering from spider veins, and it is important to understand exactly what steps to take and what to be aware of before the procedure takes place. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Aesthetic Solutions today.