Heredity is the number one cause for varicose and spider veins. Women are more likely to suffer from varicose veins; and more than 50% of women with varicose veins experience varying degrees of discomfort as a result. Other predisposing factors include advanced age, prolonged standing, hormonal factors such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause; and use of birth control pills and estrogen may contribute to the disease.
Sclerotherapy is a technique used to treat varicose and spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure that causes the destruction of veins by injection of a specific solution and relieves symptoms in patients suffering from leg pain problems. The injection method is the gold standard of the American College of Phlebology and proves to be most effective for all size veins and is the preferred choice of specialized vein clinics.
Sclerotherapy treatments are performed by using a very fine needle to inject the veins with a small quantity of a solution which irritates the inner lining of the veins. The solution irritates the inner lining of the veins, and in response they close up, collapse and are reabsorbed. Surface veins are no longer visible. The procedure is usually not painful, and bruising/needle marks often fade within one week. The number of treatments required depends upon the extent of the patient’s veins, and a treatment plan will be discussed during the initial consultation. Following treatment, patients can immediately return to work, travel, exercise, and other normal activities. The results are permanent.
For women and men who experience broken capillaries on their noses, cheeks, chins, and foreheads; sclerotherapy is an effective method of removing broken capillaries on the face.