What a Sclerotherapist Does, and Why You Should See One
Our health is one of the most important things that we have, and we should look after it. Too often, we suffer from conditions, but wait until it becomes a health threat before we have it seen too. An example of this is the prevalence of varicose and spider veins. These can often be considered to merely be an unsightly affliction, but the truth is that it could be indicative of more serious underlying conditions. A sclerotherapist can help you address the appearance of these veins.
How does a sclerotherapist treat these conditions?
Varicose veins tend to occur when the walls of the veins, as well as the valves in the veins, become weaker. This can cause the veins to swell and bulge. Sclerotherapy is the process of injecting a solution, called sclerosant, directly into the affected veins.
In short, this solution irritates the vein walls and causes the vein to scar. This, in turn, leads to the blood being redirected through other, healthy veins. The affected vein eventually fades as it is reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue.
Why should you consider this treatment?
One of the common reasons people see a sclerotherapist to have this procedure done is for cosmetic reasons. However, varicose veins can also cause a number of irritating or uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
- Night cramps
- Burning sensation
Varicose veins could also be an indication that there is a more serious underlying condition, such as deep vein thrombosis.
What are the side effects of sclerotherapy?
Typically, sclerotherapy is a relatively non-invasive procedure that doesn’t lead to serious complications. Your sclerotherapist should discuss the possible temporary side effects with you that may appear around the site of the injection, and which can include:
- Redness and swelling
- Small sores on the skin
- The appearance of tiny, red blood vessels
- Darkening of the skin (spots or lines)
These tend to go away within a couple of days or weeks, and are not harmful. More serious complications, which might require treatment, but are not common, can include:
- Allergic reactions
- Blood clots
Where to find a sclerotherapist?
Dr Stewart Gibson, from The Gibson Vein Practice, specialises in the most advanced treatment of all types of varicose veins, including sclerotherapy. He has over 20 years of experience and boasts over 20 000 successful treatments. If you’re looking for a leading sclerotherapist, Dr Gibson is the obvious choice. Contact his office in Port Elizabeth to enquire about availability, and for more information on sclerotherapy.