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Varicose Veins

What is Sclerotherapy?

Varicose veins are veins in the leg that have become enlarged, twisted and often appear ‘lumpy’. A high proportion of the population, both men and women, suffer from varicose veins at some time in their life. Whilst varicose veins sometimes occur in relatively young people, their prevalence increases with age. Sclerotherapy is a varicose vein treatment technique that involves using a micro-needle to inject and to collapse the varicose veins.

Benefits of Sclerotherapy include:

  • Non surgical
  • No downtime
  • Easy to inject
  • Minimal Pain
  • Effective treatment of varicose and spider veins

The role of veins is to carry blood back from the leg to the heart. Some lie just beneath the skin (superficial veins) and some lie deep in the leg beneath the muscle (deep veins).

Varicose veins arise from the superficial veins. The leg muscles squeeze the deep veins during walking, pumping blood out of the leg. All of these veins contain one-way valves to ensure that the blood flows towards the heart. Weakness of the vein wall allows valves in the superficial veins to stretch so that they do not close properly. Blood then flows back into the leg along these veins. The veins and their tributaries enlarge and can be seen on the surface as varicose veins. Raised pressure in these veins encourages the development of spider veins and discolours areas which look like bruises.

The damages valves cannot be mended and the best way to treat the problem is to take out the affected veins. All varicose veins are removed leaving only the normal vessels. Blood can no longer flow the wrong way, back into the leg. It is this perfectly safe and indeed beneficial to remove varicose veins. The removal of varicose veins does not affect the blood flow because other veins and especially the deep veins take over this job.

Varicose veins run in families and may affect 60% of the adult population in western countries. Men and women develop varicose veins to an equal extent, but women more frequently seek treatment. Winter time is the best time to have treatment due to having to wear warm compression stockings.

Dr Zhen Xu is available at Rejuven8 to treat your veins!

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