The various signs of aging have a way of slowly stealing us from ourselves.
After all, most of us have a clear picture of who we are and how we should look that gets cemented in place during our prime. Things begin to disrupt that image almost immediately. That’s why skincare exists at all. Each sign of aging is, ultimately, a sign that our body is having trouble keeping up with appropriate repairs. These signs can occur at almost every age past 30.
Some of them, like spider veins, can occur even earlier under certain circumstances. The key to keeping these signs at bay is simply learning to take good care of your skin. It isn’t always enough when it comes to varicose and spider veins though. The circulation issues reflected by the condition require a fairly particular treatment to help them go away: sclerotherapy.
It can do wonders at restoring one’s confidence, but you need to be a good candidate for it first.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Technically, the name covers a general procedure that can involve several compounds. All approaches involve the injection of a compound, typically some form of salt solution, into the offending veins. The solution begins to interact with the internal lining of the vein and irritate it. This irritation mounts, and can sometimes cause mild pain during the procedure, until it causes the vein to collapse in on itself and in turn leads to the clotting of blood.
Your body will then naturally reroute the blood flow to make up for the collapse vein.
Over time, the collapsed vein will gradually change within your body until it is little more than a form of scar tissue that will be more or less invisible from the surface of your skin.
It is in this way that it helps to restore the appearance of your skin when you’ve otherwise been troubled by spider or varicose veins. Not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure though.
What Makes A Good Candidate
Qualifying to undergo this form of procedure revolves entirely around your health. An ideal candidate is otherwise healthy and not obese. Excess weight tends to work directly against one’s eligibility as it contributes to the blood flow issues that leader to spider and varicose veins while also raising chances for complications.
Additionally, ideal candidates are not pregnant. Treatment during pregnancy could lead to multiple potential hazards thanks to the complex changes the body has been and will continue undergoing during and after the pregnancy.
The last thing anyone needs to worry about is whether they’ve had issues with blood clotting in the past.
If you have, the specialist evaluating you for the procedure will have to carefully evaluate the various risks involved.
It is also worth noting that not all veins are treatable as doctors frequently preserve veins that might prove medically necessary in the future. Make sure to have a professional evaluate you for suitability for your safety.
What To Expect
If you are a good candidate, the actual procedure isn’t terribly overwhelming. You will show up to the office of the doctor performing the procedure and be summoned back for your injections. These will be given through a relatively small needle meant to avoid prematurely collapsing the vein.
The injection itself will be quick and may or may not be followed by mild pain or soreness for a few minutes afterwards. This is how most people will experience the initial irritation of the vein. Most of the time this will pass within the first three minutes and leave you to patiently wait out the rest of the half hour until the doctor tells you it is okay to leave.
Beyond that, your doctor will generally have specific aftercare instructions about what you should and shouldn’t do for the first week after the treatment.
Listening to those may restrict your options for a few days, but will serve to ensure as few complications as possible.
Sclerotherapy is a viable and trusted method for handling spider and varicose veins at many ages.
It uses simple injections that are typically permissible for most of us as long as we’re in good health. A professional evaluation for being a good candidate will generally help identify any problems that might make you unsuitable.
Once suitability is determined, there isn’t much left to do and you can likely expect the procedure to be over quickly once scheduled or for your doctor to suggest another approach to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.