When summer rolls around, it’s time to break out cooler clothing. Shorts, skirts, swimsuits – all clothes designed to reveal more skin. But if you’re dealing with spider veins or varicose veins, it can be an embarrassing season. At the Skin and Vein Center, Dr. Seiger helps hundreds of patients regain their confidence through ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is a technique for treating varicose veins using ultrasound technology to locate damaged veins. With ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, the doctor monitors the veins on an ultrasound screen and is able to locate what would otherwise be hard to see veins below the skin’s surface.
Once located, Dr. Seiger is able to inject the damaged vein with a solution that collapses and closes the vein, ridding the area of broken, blue, and bulging veins completely. Different strengths and types of sclerosants are used depending on the location and size of the affected veins. Once the veins have been closed, they dry up and the body slowly absorbs them through its natural healing process. Sclerotherapy treats both spider veins as well as varicose veins.
Most patients experience very little discomfort during their treatment. Typical side effects include some temporary bruising and swelling but these side effects are minimal and usually disappear within a few days following treatment.
Some patients may see full before and after ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy results after just one session while others may require a few sessions to target all the damaged veins properly. Patients who undergo this process tend to have very favorable before and after ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy results with many patients showing smooth, youthful-looking legs where once there were many large varicose veins.
The good news about veins treated by ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is that they do not come back. However, it’s important to recognize that due to the often hereditary nature of varicose veins and spider veins, this treatment cannot guarantee that the patient will never develop new varicose veins in the future. New varicose vein developments tend to be less severe and obvious among patients who have undergone sclerotherapy in the past and so the occasional touch-up treatment can keep legs healthy and attractive for a lifetime.
At the Skin and Vein Center, Dr. Seiger performs countless ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy sessions, always putting the safety and security of his patients at the forefront. If you’re suffering from spider veins or varicose veins, give him a call today to schedule a consultation – and get ready for bathing suit season!