Permanently Remove Your Varicose Veins with Sclerotherapy

Have you ever avoided the beach or even dismissed going on vacation because of varicose veins in your legs? You certainly aren’t alone. Thirty-three million American adults suffer from this chronic condition, 22 million of which are women.

Science has shown that untreated varicose veins can lead to a decline in the quality of your life. At Personal Primary Care in Springfield and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, our doctors are experts in treating varicose veins. 

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are blood vessels that have stopped working correctly. Instead of pushing blood back to your heart, they allow blood to pool. And as the blood accumulates, the veins bulge, thus causing varicose veins.

They usually look red or bluish-purple, and they’re often painful. Women are almost twice as likely as men to end up with the swollen blood vessels. And the older you get, the higher the chances are that they’ll appear. Some factors predispose a person to developing varicose veins, such as obesity, pregnancy, and heredity. Furthermore, if you stand for long periods of time at your job, you’re more likely to develop varicose veins. The most common symptoms of varicose veins are:

What is sclerotherapy?

This may be the first time you’ve heard of sclerotherapy, but it’s actually a procedure with a lot of history. It’s been used since the 1930s, and it involves injecting a saline solution into the swollen vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, which in turn causes it to collapse on itself. The blood is then rerouted to healthy veins nearby and the varicose vein disappears completely as your body reabsorbs it.

 

The procedure only takes about 30 minutes and can easily be scheduled for a lunch break. Your provider can treat more than one vein in a session. Any discomfort should be mild. You should be able to go back to your normal routine for the most part, but you may need to take a break from intense exercise for a few days.

Am I a good candidate for sclerotherapy?

During an initial consultation, our doctors will determine if sclerotherapy is right for you. Most people are eligible. If you’re pregnant, you’ll have to wait until after your baby is born. If you’ve had blood clots in the past, that might be a concern, but treatment will depend on your specific case. Winter is a great time for sclerotherapy, because you’ll have time to heal before next summer’s pool parties.

The doctors at Personal Primary Care have extensive experience performing aesthetic procedures, such as sclerotherapy. To see if you can benefit from a treatment, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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