Varicose Vein treatment
Varicose veins occur when veins do not properly return blood from the lower leg to the heart. All veins have valves that open to allow the flow of blood to the heart and close to prevent back flow (known as "reflux") of blood to the foot. When valves fail to function properly, blood leaks through and flows down the leg in the wrong direction. The blood overfills and distends the superficial veins under the skin, resulting in the bulging seen in varicose veins.
The walls and valves of veins are thin and elastic, and can stretch for a variety of reasons including pregnancy or heredity, which is the most common factor. Hormonal changes play a large part. Other contributory factors include obesity, age and prolonged standing.
When varicose veins become severe, it is referred to as chronic venous insufficiency. Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency includes aching pain, leg fatigue and leg heaviness, all of which worsen as the day progresses. Left untreated, chronic venous insufficiency can cause ulcerations, which can be very difficult to treat.
Sclerotherapy for larger veins
Sclerotherapy is a well-proven procedure that involves an injection of a solution directly into the varicose vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel causing it to collapse, stick together, and eventually break down naturally in the body and fade from view, as a bruise would heal. Normal blood flow in the leg is thereby re-routed through deeper veins.
Although the needle used to administer the sclerosant is small, some patients experience some discomfort during the process.
Side effects can include: brown lines or spots on the skin at the site of the injected blood vessels. In most cases, this discoloration will disappear in time. In a small number of people (less than five per cent), the brown lines may last up to a year or longer. Swelling, ulcers and inflammation are also possible, but rarely occur.
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At your consultation you will be given a 'test patch' to ensure that you do not have any adverse reaction to the Laser treatment.
These prices are indicative only and represent the most you will be charged. Each patient will be assessed on an individual basis and given a personal recommended treatment plan.