The presence of varicose or spider veins can make life more difficult than it needs to be. Depending on the specific condition, you might experience uncomfortable symptoms. In other cases, your self-esteem may suffer because of the cosmetic impact these unwanted veins can have. If you have vascular conditions and want the vessels removed through a treatment that is both safe and effective, ask our specialists about the benefits of ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. There are times when it may be wise for the practitioner to use ultrasound for guidance in administering this decades-old therapy.
Varicose veins can form in the legs when the blood begins to pool inside the vessels. This can happen if the valves that are there to ensure the blood can only flow in one direction begin to fail. The force of gravity can then work against the natural pumping direction of the heart and cause the pressure inside the veins to increase. This will cause them to enlarge and turn into what is known as varicose veins.
Varicose veins almost always have a negative impact on the appearance. They are visible through the skin in the form of blue streaks. At times, the skin will bulge out as well, further impacting the appearance. Varicose veins can produce uncomfortable symptoms like aching, itching and burning. They can put a person at risk for other health issues like blood clots as well.
Spider veins develop in the smaller vessels, but they can be present on the face and chest as well as the legs. They often resemble the web of a spider as they weave together in ways that produce visible red, blue or purple lines on the skin.
Both spider veins and varicose veins can be effectively treated with traditional and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. The process involves injecting a solution into the problem vessels, which will make them close off and disappear. We do not use a saline solution, as this can lead to unnecessary discomfort. When injected, the solution will irritate the vessel walls and thicken the blood inside. Over the following weeks, the tissue that remains of the destroyed veins will disappear from view.
There are times when the vessels may be hard for our specialist to locate visually. In these cases, we may opt for ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. During this process, the veins will be visible on a computer screen, and our medical professional can use the image for guidance. This enables the injection to be made in a more precise manner. As a result, the effectiveness of the therapy will be increased.
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy provides an additional advantage by helping to ensure that an adequate amount of the solution has been injected. It also allows us to tell if it has reached the entire length of the vessel to be removed.
We provide both traditional and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy at Premier Vein Institute, located conveniently in Tampa and Lakeland. We can help you understand the benefits of using ultrasound during the process more fully. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment and learn more.