Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They are most common in the legs and ankles. They usually aren’t serious, but they can sometimes lead to other problems.

At La Visage Aesthetic clinic we offer a new safe and efective treatment modality called sclerotherapy to treat both varicose and spider veins.

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Varicose Vein & Sclerotherapy FAQ’s

WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS?

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They are most common in the legs and ankles. They usually aren’t serious, but they can sometimes lead to other problems.

HOW ARE VARICOSE VEINS CAUSED?

Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs. Normally, one-way valves in your veins keep blood flowing from your legs up toward your heart. When these valves do not work as they should, blood collects in your legs, and pressure builds up. The veins become weak, large, and twisted.

WHOSE IS AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING VARICOSE VEINS?

Varicose veins often run in families. Ageing also increases your risk.

Being overweight or pregnant or having a job where you must stand for long periods of time increases pressure on leg veins. This can lead to varicose veins.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF VARICOSE VEINS?
  • Veins that are dark purple or blue in color
  • Veins that appear twisted and bulging; often like cords on your legs

When painful signs and symptoms occur, they may include:

  • An achy or heavy feeling in your legs
  • Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs
  • Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time
  • Itching around one or more of your veins
  • Skin ulcers near your ankle, which can mean you have a serious form of vascular disease that requires medical attention
WHAT ARE SPIDER VEINS/ TELANGEACTASIAS?

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they’re smaller. Spider veins are found closer to the skin’s surface and are often red or blue. They occur on the legs, but can also be found on the face. Spider veins vary in size and often look like a spider’s web.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR VARICOSE VEINS?

Initially lifestyle modification is advised and includes the following:

  • Avoid standing or sitting for long periods without taking a break. When sitting, avoid crossing your legs. Keep your legs raised when sitting, resting, or sleeping. When you can, raise your legs above the level of your heart.
  • Do physical activities to get your legs moving and improve muscle tone. This helps blood move through your veins.
  • If you’re overweight or obese, try to lose weight. This will improve blood flow and ease the pressure on your veins.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially those that are tight around your waist, groin (upper thighs), and legs. Tight clothes can make varicose veins worse.
  • Avoid wearing high heels for long periods. Lower heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles. Toned muscles help blood move through the veins.

Your doctor may recommend compression stockings. These stockings create gentle pressure up the leg. This pressure keeps blood from pooling and decreases swelling in the legs.

If these lifestyle changes do not bring about relief or the veins are severe and unsightly, consult a dr for secondary treatment options

At La Visage Aesthetic clinic we offer a new safe and efective treatment modality called sclerotherapy to treat both varicose and spider veins.

WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY?

Sclerotherapy effectively treats varicose and spider veins. It’s often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution causes the vein to scar and collapse, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.

HOW MANY SCLEROTHERAPY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?

After sclerotherapy, treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take up to a month to see the full results. In some instances, several sclerotherapy treatments may be needed. Each patient is assessed individually with the doctor to determine approximately how many sessions are needed.

DOES MEDICAL AID PAY FOR THE TREATMENT OF VARICOSE VEINS?

Some medical aid schemes pay for the treatment of varicose veins. Most schemes will not pay for the treatment of spider veins. Clients are encouraged to check with their schemes to clarify if the medical aid covers treatment. We have STANDARD billing codes that can be prepared for the client on an invoice , which they can send to medical aid to see if they will be reimbursed.

Please note that La Visage Aesthetic Clinic does not send billing to the medical aid. The client will need to send the invoice to the medical aid themselves. All our consults are striclty cash/ via a card machine.

We will provide the pressure bandages during the 1st consultation. Clients are encouraged to keep these for repeat visits so as to avoid being billed for them again.

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?

Varicose vein treatment usually require a 30 min appointment whereas spider vein treatment usually require an hour appointment. Treatment times are tailored according to the individual after the 1st consult.

WHEN IS SCLEROTHERAPY CONTRAINDICATED?

Absolute contraindications

Previous anaphylaxis (negative or allergic reaction) to proposed sclerosants , Acute DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis).

Relative contraindications include: Deep venous obstruction ; Peripheral vascular disease ;Documented thrombophilia (w increased risk of DVT) ;Inability to mobilize ; Pregnancy/ Breastfeeding • Oral contraceptive pill/Hormone Replacement Therapy • Skin disease (systemic disease; Uncontrolled asthma ;Uncontrolled migraine ; Poor tolerance of compression.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SCLEROTHERAPY?

Sessions are approximately R3000 per session. You are provided with treatment bandages.

IS SCLEROTHERAPY AN ALTERNATIVE TO SURGERY?

The doctor will assess the client and advise if surgery is required. Very often treatment with sclerotherapy can be used instead of having to undergo surgical intervention.

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