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Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy (varicose vein treatment). One of the most common problems that women face comes in the form of 'spider veins' (clusters of blue, purple or red veins which usually appear on the ankles, calves and thighs). These veins lie close to the surface of the skin and the appearance of 'spider veins' can be due to hormonal changes, heredity, pregnancy, significant weight changes or activities which require standing or sitting for very long periods of time.

Another similar type of veins which appear are the varicose veins; these are slightly larger that the 'spider veins', are darker in color and have a tendency to bulge. This type of vein is more likely to cause some sort of pain and may be related to more serious circulatory disorders.

If you are self conscious about the way your legs look, then a sclerotherapy treatment with Dr. Camacho in Costa Rica may be the solution for you. By removing the 'spider' and varicose veins, your legs will regain a more youthful appearance, enhancing your self-confidence and the way you relate to others.

Contact Us!The best candidates for this treatment usually fall in the age range of 30 to 60. However, these types of veins can become visible in women very early in their lives, such as in their teenage years. 'Spider veins' aren't as common in men as in women, but they sometimes do happen; keep in mind that sclerotherapy has the same level of effectiveness in both genders.

Versión Español: Escleroterapia

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During your initial discussion, Dr. Camacho will most likely mark the affected areas of your legs and will examine you to see if you suffer from more serious circulatory problems. If this is the case, Dr. Camacho will need to address these problems first before a sclerotherapy treatment can be performed.

Contact Us!Also, you will need to inform the doctor of any allergies you might be prone to or if you have any serious medical conditions. Make sure to ask Dr. Camacho concerning the diverse details that the treatment entails. For example, you should know if you should stop taking certain medications (eg: aspirin) or if you will need to refrain from drinking or eating for a certain time period before getting your treatment.

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Sclerotherapy sessions usually don't take very long and it is recommended that you wear shorts during the session to increase your comfort. Dr. Camacho will cleanse your legs with an antiseptic solution and may take photographs to keep track of your progress in your medical records.

While you lie down on the examination table, Dr. Camacho will stretch the skin of your leg with one hand and will then inject the sclerosing solution into the veins. What this substance does is irritate the veins and cause a thrombus (blood clot); this eventually heals and produces scar tissue, which blocks the vein. By using a bright, indirect light and magnification, your Dr. Camacho ensures the highest level of precision when injecting your veins while completing the process.

Roughly, one injection is given for every inch of spider/varicose vein (from 5 to 40 injections per session, depending on the patient's needs). Once an area of the leg is finished, a cotton ball and compression tape are put in place.

During the process, you might feel a mild numbing sensation or the sensation of ‘pins and needles’. Keep in mind that the pain is minimal during the sessions, since the sclerosing agent and needles are extremely thin.

Contact Us!Once the doctor is finished, he will sometimes apply a tight-fitting support hose to protect against possible deep vein blood clots (to accelerate the healing process) which you may need to wear during the next 72 hours. The tape and cotton balls can be removed 48 hours later.

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After the procedure, you can expect a certain degree of swelling and bruising in the areas which have been injected. This persists for the initial 14 days but will usually subside after that. You might also experience some skin staining but this is a temporary condition.

The full effects of the Sclerotherapy treatment will be able to be seen after several weeks and you will find a significant improvement in the appearance of your legs. For this reason, Dr. Camacho recommends waiting a few weeks before submitting yourself to another sclerotherapy session.

Walking helps to decrease the side effects of the injections, therefore it is recommended that you exercise moderately for a minimum of once a day (in 20 minute sessions) during the period you are required to wear your compression hose. This helps to decrease the pressure in the superficial veins. You should refrain from taking hot baths during the first week after treatment, since heat dilates veins and can neutralize the effect of the sclerosing agent.

Contact Us!You can return to normal activity right away, but we recommend that you do not partake in any type of vigorous exercise, such as gym work or jogging. Also, sitting and standing for long periods of time should be avoided too, as should squatting and heavy weight lifting.

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In very rare cases after a sclerotherapy treatment, a patient may experience:

  • Severe inflammation.
  • Bleeding – if this occurs, it will require immediate attention.
  • Deep vein blood clotting.
  • Ulceration of skin.
  • Telangiectic matting (appearance of reddish blood vessels) – may need further injections to be treated.
  • Allergic reactions to the sclerosing agent.
  • Pigmentation irregularity (brown splotches on skin) – these usually disappear over time.

Contact Us!Make sure to ask Dr. Camacho concerning any risks you might have to face when undertaking this procedure. In order to keep the risks at a bare minimum, please make sure that you follow the doctor’s instructions at all times.

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Contact Us!The information given in this website should be considered as an introduction to sclerothepary. Before deciding on submitting yourself to the procedure described above, we highly recommend you contact us directly, so we can answer any specific question you might have.

 



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