Sclerotherapy New Orleans Vein Specialists Use to Treat Spider Veins

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Spider veins form when a group of blood vessels located close to the surface of the skin become abnormally enlarged caused by dilation of the vein’s walls,Guest Posting secondary to valvular malfunction. Spider veins usually appear on the face and legs but can also be seen in other parts of the body. Spider veins are not hazardous although they can cause a dull aching in the legs when standing for a prolonged time. However, spider veins can be harmful to a person’s health if they are associated with the development of deep venous thrombosis. 


A technique that uses a very fine needle to inject a sclerosant solution directly into the abnormally enlarged blood vessel is known as sclerotherapy. The solution damages the vein causing inflammation of the cells that line the vein. The veins collapse and shrink, making them invisible on the skin’s surface. The veins disappear over an average period of 2 weeks to 2 months. Depending on the size of the veins, optimal results may be achieved with 3 to 4 treatments, 6 to 8 weeks apart. Support stockings are required for the first two weeks after each treatment. Sclerotherapy is an out-patient procedure requiring no hospitalization. 


Sclerotherapy eliminates or reduces unsightly, abnormally enlarged or bulging small or medium sized veins. Before having sclerotherapy, the patient will have an initial consultation with a vascular medicine specialist to determine if he/she is a good candidate for the procedure. For example, sclerotherapy is not recommended for pregnant women while women taking birth control pills can have the procedure. Patients who have had blood clot in the past will be evaluated for eligibility which will depend on the overall health or condition of the area requiring the treatment. Similarly, if the veins are deemed by the doctor to be compatible for future heart bypass surgery, sclerotherapy will not be done. Only unusable veins will qualify for sclerotherapy.  


Such determination for eligibility will be done by dermatologists or vascular medicine specialists or vein specialists during the initial consultation. Cosmetic surgery clinics in various states like New Orleans are offering this procedure alongside other common cosmetic surgery procedures. In New Orleans, veins center accommodate patients requiring relief from the pain experienced cause by spider or varicose veins. This could be attributed to the fact that most of the people are employed in the hotels or restaurants which require prolonged standing and walking back and forth. Sclerotherapy New Orleans veins center offer are performed by certified vein specialists, dermatologists or vascular medicine specialists.


While the procedure is generally safe, there are few side effects which patients may experience including: ankles or feet may become swollen, stinging or pain will be felt at the injection sites,  red, elevated areas at the injection sites which should disappear within a couple of days at the  most, spots or brown lines appearing at the area of the treated blood vessels, development of groups of fine red blood vessels near injection sites of larger vessels, bruises at the injection area, allergic reactions to the sclerosant solution, development of lumps in injected vessels, inflammation of treated blood vessels, and small ulcers in the injected areas. Most of these side effects will disappear naturally over a period of time. 

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