What can it do for you?
Being born with ‘weak’ veins, valves or insufficient valves are a major cause.
Pregnancy is another major cause. Pregnancy induced hormones relaxes the vein walls and the pressure of the growing uterus on your pelvic veins can produce varicose veins. Generally, the veins settle down following the first pregnancy. Other factors contributing to venous disease are occupations that require prolonged periods of standing or sitting, trauma, obesity, and past history or thrombosis. Excessive sun exposure in fair skinned individuals increases the chance of developing veins on the face. Particularly the nose and cheeks.
Are you a good candidate for the procedure?
Unsightly veins on the legs are usually three different types. Tortuous, lumpy and palpable veins are called varicose veins while tiny purple network of veins is called telangiectasia or spider veins. In addition to those two types are bluish/green veins lying deeper in the skin called reticular veins. They are usually responsible for the development of spider veins. Spider veins are a cosmetic tissue and can be left untreated, however if unsightly, can be treated. We also offer a comprehensive consultation with Dr Khan to discuss your concerns and symptoms.
Symptoms of varicose veins include: heavy aching legs. Swelling, burning, throbbing and muscle cramping in lower legs. Pain becomes worse when standing or sitting for long periods of time. Itching around the veins and skin discolouration surrounding the varicose vein.
What results can you expect from this procedure?
At Shire Cosmetic Medicine, we specialise in Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS).
UGS involves the injection of a sclerosant substance into the vein under ultrasound guidance. The sclerosant used in this clinic is Aethoxysclerol. The treatment is relatively pain free and no anesthetic is used. Return to normal duties immediately after treatment is encouraged. As with all treatments, there is a healing period and this time depends largely on the veins to start with – the bigger varicose veins, the longer the healing period. A compression stocking is required for up to three weeks post treatment to help with discomfort, to improve clinical outcome and aid in preventing DVT. Recurrence is possible no matter what method is used to treat them. Left untreated, varicose veins may lead to itching, eczema, discolouration of the skin, swelling of the legs, deep venous thrombosis, bleeding and ulceration.
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Treatment of Spider Veins
At Shire Cosmetic Medicine we also specialise in micro-sclerotherapy which is the specialised treatment of unsightly spider veins. Micro-sclerotherapy involves the injection of sclerosant substance into the vein. Treatment is usually quick and relatively pain free and no anaesthetic is used. A compression stocking is required to help with discomfort and improve clinical outcome. We offer a comprehensive consultation with Dr Khan to discuss your concerns and symptoms.