Sclerotherapy is the most effective treatment for erasing unsightly spider and varicose veins with little or no downtime, so you can be Red Carpet ready in a few days
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New York, NY (PRWEB) August 25, 2008
Before celebs hit the Red Carpet at the 60th Primetime Emmys Awards on September 21, many will race to erase the unsightly veins that mar their glamorous gams using the latest non-invasive techniques such as, Sclerotherapy, or injection therapy.
Sclerotherapy consists of injecting a mild chemical solution into the problem vein. This agent causes the vein to collapse, allowing the body to absorb the vein. Blood is then re-routed to a healthy vein, restoring proper circulation in the area.
"Sclerotherapy is the most effective treatment for erasing unsightly spider and varicose veins with little or no downtime, so you can be Red Carpet ready in a few days," said Luis Navarro, M.D., FACS, FACPh, founder and medical director of the Vein Treatment Center in New York City, and the foremost authority on the surgical and medical treatment of venous problems.
One Sclerotherapy treatment involves multiple injections. According to Navarro, patients describe the injections as a pinprick or a mosquito bite and the number of treatment sessions vary depending on the number of veins treated, healing time, and the level of desired cosmetic results.
After the injections, the leg is wrapped with an elastic bandage for several hours to keep the vein closed. Normal activities can begin immediately after treatment, although compression stockings may be required for the 1-3 days, when treating large veins.
At times, injection therapy is combined with Transillumination to locate and treat a deeper source for your varicose and spider veins. By passing a high-intensity light through the skin's surface, the physician is able to view and eliminate deep problem veins.
Another option is Foam Sclerotherapy, a method of Sclerotherapy which delivers the sclerosing agent in a foam solution. This foam displaces blood within the vein, allowing the vein wall to absorb the full strength of the sclerosing agent without any dilution. Also, the foam is detectible with ultrasound imaging and can be easily tracked and guided to the source of the venous problem.
In treating small spider veins and broken capillaries, a glycerin-based sclerosing agent can be prescribed that only irritates the inner lining of vein vessels, leading to little or no redness or bruising in patients.
Another alternative is Duplex Ultrasound which minimizes the need for invasive treatments by allowing doctors to guide a needle to the exact location of the vein to be injected. Although this treatment is widely used, Dr. Navarro prefers to use a catheter instead (Transcatheter Image-Guided Occlusion Sclerotherapy, or TIGOS). Using color duplex ultrasound to guide the catheter to the incompetent vein valve, TIGOS is safer and more effective in the treatment of large veins in difficult areas, such as the groin or knee.
Among the latest treatments Dr. Navarro uses in addition to Sclerotherapy, are Endolaser (EVLA- Endovenous Laser Ablation), mini-phlebectomy, and ambulatory surgery. The Vein Treatment Center's Combined TherapiesTM approach which combines several treatments, such as the patented Endolaser alternative to surgery with other techniques is recognized for the optimum results in correcting venous disorders.
Luis Navarro, M.D., FACS, FACPh, established The Vein Treatment Center in 1982 for the exclusive treatment of varicose veins and spider veins. Dr. Navarro is founder and medical director of the Vein Treatment Center in New York. As the country's foremost authority on issues of vein health, he revolutionized the field with the invention of the Endolaser http://endolaser.com. Dr. Navarro has appeared on NBC-TV, The View and in the pages of Good Housekeeping, Newsweek, Vogue and First for Women. For more information on Dr. Navarro and the treatment of venous disorders, please visit http://www.veintreatmentcenter.com.