Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment method for the removal of unwanted veins. It is done when a solution is injected into the problem vessels in order to make the close off and disappear. These veins can be in the form of spider or varicose veins.
Varicose veins form when the blood does not flow through the veins in the legs properly. For much of the time, the blood there must be pumped against the gravitational pull. That, combined with the fact that the leg veins are longer than those in other parts of the body, makes the legs more susceptible for the development of the condition. In fact, varicose veins are practically unheard of in other body parts.
Inside the veins are one-way valves that are there to prevent a backwards flow of blood. Since the blood is going uphill for much of the time on its way back to the heart and lungs, it would tend to flow backwards between beats of the heart if it were not for the presence of these valves. They can begin to fail over time. When they do, the blood will back up inside the veins and start to pool. This puts enough pressure against the walls of the veins to make them enlarge. Then this happens, you end up with varicose veins.
Varicose veins are visible through the skin in the form of blue or purple streaks. The skin can also bulge out in places due to the size of the enlarged vessels. Many people seek treatment for the condition because of the appearance alone. Others suffer uncomfortable symptoms along with the cosmetic impact.
Spider veins are much smaller than varicose veins. They develop in the capillaries that branch off from the larger vessels. Unlike varicose veins that are limited to the legs, spider veins often form on the face. They are common on the legs and chest as well. These veins can appear red, blue or purple. They often resemble the legs of a spider with their sharp twists and turns. They can also weave together like the strands of a spider web.
If you are bothered by the appearance of spider or varicose veins and are looking for a proven treatment method, you should consider sclerotherapy. It has been in use for a long time and is still among the most popular treatment methods. This is because of its excellent success rate. There is also very little risk associated with the procedure.