Vein disease occur when some of the veins in your legs malfunction and are unable to transport blood from the legs properly. When this happens, blood in the affected blood vessels may begin to pool, resulting in the formation of varicose, reticular, or spider veins. These vein problems are not very serious, but if left untreated, can cause pain, leg fatigue, cramping, skin discoloration, and restlessness.
In severe cases, untreated venous conditions can lead to very serious complications such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, bleeding, and ulcers.
To manage the symptoms of venous disorders, and to keep them from escalating into serious complications, it is important that you visit a vein specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
Some of the risk factors of venous disorders include:
- Family history of varicose veins
- Old age
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Resistance training
Through a combination of lifestyle changes, at-home care, and minimally invasive in-office treatment, you can treat venous diseases and prevent other venous problems from arising. In-office treatments include laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, and sclerotherapy, all of which should only be performed by a skilled physician to avoid complications.
These procedures target and destroy the problematic veins, forcing blood to flow through healthy veins. After treatment, it may be necessary to wear compression stockings to help boost blood flow in your legs and to reduce pain. Increasing your level of activity and shedding weight is also helpful.
How soon can you enjoy the results of the procedure?
The results of most minimally invasive treatments are not instant. It will take a while for inflammation to subside, and the final results of sclerotherapy, ablation, or other treatment won’t be apparent until 2-3 months post-treatment. The marks from the injections should resolve in about 6-8 weeks, but the actual time depends on:
- Your skin type
- The types of blood vessels treated
- The strength of the solution used
- Your genetic disposition to develop hyper pigmentation
During this time, it is important that you follow Dr. Shah’s aftercare instructions strictly to avoid complications. For instance, any bruising occurring after sclerotherapy may take about 5 weeks to resolve, while staining may take up to 12 months to resolve.