Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins & Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for small varicose or spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves the tiny injections of a medication into affected veins. The solution used causes the veins to shrink and eventually dissolve. Sclerotherapy may improve the appearance of veins and reduce symptoms of vein malformation.
Your veins carry deoxygenated blood back to your heart. Varicose veins develop when the blood that should move toward the heart develops a back flow. Such veins may contain faulty valves, a lack of valves, or deformities which impairs the normal flow of blood. Varicose veins can hurt. They often look like blue swollen areas beneath the skin. Smaller veins, dilated capillaries, produce finer purple colored lines that are commonly known as spider veins.
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