Leg Vein Treatments Sydney
Varicose veins are a common problem affecting approximately 50% of the population aged between 30 – 70 years old. For most people, they are a cosmetic concern, but for some they can cause aching, pain, itching, cramping and discomfort. After several treatments, most people can expect up to 85% improvement in vein appearance.
What causes them?
Varicose veins develop when the valves in the veins dysfunction and allow blood to pool in the veins, just below the skin surface, making them more visible. They are mostly found on the legs, and most commonly a concern for females.
What are the treatments available?
There are two different treatments available, and Dr. Soliman will determine which one is right for you. They include:
- This is a procedure whereby a solution is injected to into the vein. This solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell and stick together. Over a period of weeks, the vessel fades significantly and can even disappear completely. In any one treatment, a number of vessels can be injected, and Dr. Soliman will advise how many treatments will be necessary.
- Following each treatment session with sclerotherapy, you will be required to wear special venous compression stockings to assist in sealing off the dilated veins. They must be worn continuously for up to five days post treatment.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
- The energy from the laser damages the walls of the veins, which effectively collapses the vein. There is no down time for the procedure, with patients resuming normal activity straight away. It is best suited to varicose veins greater than 6mm in diameter that are straight and not close to the skin surface.
What are the side effects?
Both treatment modalities have the potential to cause discomfort and bruising, but these are transient and will not last beyond a few days. The veins treated adequately by sclerotherapy will not re-occur. However, the underlying weakness in your vascular network is not corrected by treatment and therefore new vessels may appear with time.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of small amounts of a special solution directly into unwanted veins. This begins a process whereby the treated veins collapse, and are later reabsorbed by the body´s natural healing response. It is a walk-in walk-out procedure on premise which requires no anaesthesia.
Is sclerotherapy painful?
Because we use very small needles, and because Fibrovein does not induce the more severe post–injection burning like hypertonic saline, there is only minor discomfort. No anaesthesia is required.
What is the recovery time?
There is no recovery time. You can return to work directly from the office, and carry on with normal activities immediately.
Do you use saline for injection?
No, saline may be effective for smaller spider veins it is not as effective for the larger reticular veins or varicose veins. Our clinic uses either Fibrovein™ or Polidocanol depending on the situation.
Does treatment “cure” large varicose veins?
The veins that have been treated effectively will not return but other previously normal leg veins can deteriorate over time.
What if I have veins on my face, hands, or breasts?
Sclerotherapy may be suitable for treatment these.
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