Vein disease can creep up on anyone, especially as we get older. In particular, varicose veins is one of the most common types of vein disease. When diagnosed with varicose veins, it is highly recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, or UGS, is one recently developed treatment that is safe and effective. Here is all that you need to know about ultrasound guided sclerotherapy:
What is It?
As mentioned, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is a treatment designed to treat varicose veins. This treatment is more specifically able to treat the advanced symptoms of varicose veins and veins that become hidden beneath our skin.
How It Works
Ultrasound technology is now able to do much more than check on pregnancies. With ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, the veins are mapped to show and detail where abnormal veins are the root of the problem. The ultrasound is only the first step in this new technology; the second step involves the cosmetic physician to inject a sclerosant solution into the abnormal veins, causing them to collapse. The body will absorb the collapsed vein and gradually disappear in time. The longer the vein is, the more injections required to complete the collapse. The ultrasound “map” guides the cosmetic physician on where to go next.
During and After the Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Patients will remain comfortable throughout the procedure, as the needles used are extremely small. Following the treatment, patients may experience mild discomfort and bruising along the treated areas; this is normal and fades within a short amount of time. More uncommon side effects can include bruising, pigmentation changes, and matting, with the rarest being phlebitis. Our staff is highly trained in ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and will make sure you are comfortable before and after your treatment.
Most individuals are able to receive ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. Women who are currently taking hormone preparations or contraceptives are recommended to stop prior to the treatment. Patients who commonly experience skin rashes should consult with their physician prior to receiving their treatment as well.
Choosing the Skin and Vein Center
If you are ready to treat your varicose veins, contact the offices of the Skin and Vein Center today. Let the experts led by our own highly trained Dr. Seiger help you get rid of this common condition. Contact us today to receive your free consultation!