Are you a resident of Newport Beach who is bothered by unsightly varicose veins or spider veins? These abnormal blood vessels do not always cause any symptoms, however, they may present a cosmetic concern. If you are considering undergoing a spider veins treatment with sclerotherapy, you will need some good information to get you started so that you can make an informed decision.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Varicose veins are dysfunctional blood vessels that typically have a ropey or distorted appearance. They are bulging and blue or green in color. Spider veins are quite a bit smaller and are normally red or purple in color. Both varicose veins and spider veins can appear almost anywhere, although they most often develop on the legs or face.
A vein is a type of blood vessel that transports blood back to your heart. Each vein comes equipped with a one-way valve that prevents blood from flowing back into it. A varicose vein has a faulty valve, which leads to blood pooling into it and causing its characteristic bulging and distorted appearance.
Spider veins are smaller versions of varicose veins. A spider vein may only be the width of a single red blood cell. Spider veins rarely cause any symptoms, but if you are dealing with them, you may want to have varicose veins treatment performed for purely cosmetic reasons.
Sclerotherapy Procedure in Newport Beach
A sclerotherapy procedure can effectively treat spider veins through the use of a special chemical solution that we inject into the dysfunctional vein. This will eventually cause the collapse of the vein and its absorption by your body. Blood that was once transported by the treated vein will find its way into healthy blood vessels nearby.
The procedure is not advised for anyone who has a history of blood clots in their legs, vein inflammation, leg ulcers, diabetes, or certain vascular problems. It is also not for those who are pregnant, although you must wait a minimum of six months after giving birth. The procedure is also discouraged for those with a dialysis shunt, those who have undergone a radical mastectomy, and anyone with a history of significant arms, hands, or chest trauma.
Sclerotherapy Versus EVLT
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is another type of technique that treats varicose veins and spider veins. The two treatments have similar goals: destroying the problem veins by collapsing the vein walls. It’s just that EVLT accomplishes the same thing by using a laser. Focused wavelengths of light are transmitted into the walls of the spider vein. The light energy is converted into thermal energy that collapses the vein walls. As with sclerotherapy, the vein is eventually destroyed and absorbed safely by your own body. Blood that flowed through the vein will now be taken up by healthy blood vessels.
Preparing for Your Procedure
In order to get the most from your procedure and avoid complications, it is important to carefully follow the instructions that you will be given, including arriving wearing comfortable clothes and loose-fitting pants. You should have some compression stockings available to be used after your procedure. We can help you find them in an appropriate size.
Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin, Advil, or Motrin for a minimum of one week before your procedure, unless we instruct you otherwise. You should also avoid taking vitamin E.
As mentioned earlier, you will need to wear some form of compression garment. You will be wearing this compression garment for around five days, except when you are showering. For a week or two after your treatment, you may need to wear a compression support hose during the daytime. These are available in several colors and are nonprescription.
You should also refrain from vigorous physical activity, aerobics, contact sports, and using leg weights for around 10 days after your treatment. A short walk is okay and encouraged. Additionally, avoid saunas, hot tubs, sunbathing, and hot baths for two or three days after your procedure.
Now that you have undergone a sclerotherapy procedure in Newport Beach to treat your spider veins, you will have a short recovery period. Most patients are able to walk immediately after their treatment, but it is important to take it easy for a couple of days.
You will be wearing some compression stockings at home following your procedure. Their purpose is to maintain pressure on the treated veins so blood cannot return when standing. We will inform you exactly how long you need to wear these compression stockings.
After Your Procedure
There will be some post-procedure instructions that you should follow. You will likely need to wear some form of compression garment around the treated area to prevent the backflow of blood into the treated vein.
You should also avoid hot showers that could dilate the treated blood vessels. Avoid vigorous physical activity, although you will be encouraged to walk some each day to assist with blood circulation as part of your recovery.
It is important to walk some each day. You should try to set a goal of walking a little longer each day than you did the day before. Increasing the amount of your walking will ensure that healthy blood circulation is taking place.
When you arrive home, you need to avoid vigorous physical activity like bicycle riding, weightlifting, aerobic exercise, or jogging until we let you know that it is okay. Listen to your body and be sure to rest whenever you start feeling tired. Be sure to get enough sleep so that your body can heal and your recovery time will be short.
Any incisions that were formed during the procedure may have a dressing over them. We will give you a detailed set of instructions for wound care.
You may resume showering in a day or two after your sclerotherapy. Do not rub the area of the incision; instead, pat the area dry. Avoid prolonged sun exposure to the treated legs for a minimum of two weeks after your sclerotherapy procedure.
It may be helpful to provide a rough timeline of how your recovery should go, so that you can plan around your recovery.
In One Week
During the first week of your recovery, you may need to wear compression stockings for up to six weeks. These are designed to prevent blood from flowing back into the treated spider vein. Refrain from physical activities like running and squatting.
Any dressings, cotton balls, or tape that is used in the treatment area will be removed as recommended. You should avoid standing or sitting in one location for over one hour. You will be encouraged to walk some each day during this time to encourage blood circulation.
In One Month
Any skin discoloration at the site of treatment will be fading rapidly during this time. This is also the time when you should start feeling more comfortable wearing clothing that exposes your legs. You should be able to resume most of your physical activities at this time. In the first month after your procedure, you should notice that your spider veins are significantly lighter.
You should have recovered completely from your spider veins treatment after two months. This is when we will likely re-examine you and decide upon the need for any additional treatment.
A large majority of those dealing with unsightly spider veins make good candidates for a sclerotherapy procedure. The road to eliminating your spider veins starts with your initial consultation with us. Once we conduct a physical exam and take your medical history, we can make the determination if are a good candidate for this procedure.
Good candidates typically have realistic expectations regarding their results and are between the ages of 30 and 60 years old. Suitable candidates include those who are not currently pregnant or breast-feeding. You should be able to follow our specific instructions before and after your procedure. Good candidates also recognize that the procedure cannot stop the formation of future spider veins.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are a resident of Newport Beach who is dealing with unsightly spider veins, you should consider a spider veins treatment. Although spider veins are normally asymptomatic, they can really detract from your appearance and keep you from wearing your favorite clothes and enjoying life as you should. Coastal Vein Care is conveniently located in Corona Del Mar, CA near Newport Beach. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!