One of the primary concerns about leg appearance is the presence of unsightly veins. Varicose veins and spider veins can make you feel unattractive, especially in an area like Tampa where shorts and skirts can be worn year-round. Left untreated, veins can become more prominent and even painful. At our practice in Tampa, vein treatment can be utilized to reduce both the appearance of veins and any unpleasant side effects caused by their presence.
Request a consultation at our practice to meet with Dr. Joseph J. Castellano and learn more about your vein treatment options. Everyone at Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center is devoted to providing a satisfying, comfortable experience and beautiful results.
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When Vein Treatment Is Right
Anyone with unwanted visible veins in their legs may be a candidate for this treatment. Women particularly may find that their vein symptoms worsen during pregnancy or in relation to their menstrual cycle. Over time, veins can swell and lead to increased pigmentation through the legs and ankles. If you are embarrassed by the look of spider veins or have discomfort caused by varicose veins, then undergoing vein treatment at our Tampa cosmetic surgery center may be able to help.
What to Expect
During vein treatment, or sclerotherapy, Polidocanol is injected directly into the affected vein. This detergent solution causes irritation in the lining of the blood vessel, which eventually collapses. The blood is rerouted through other blood vessels, and the collapsed vein turns into scar tissue and disappears. Veins are usually treated in order from largest to smallest. Since each injection affects only a small section of the vein, you may need to have multiple injections to collapse the vein fully.
During the treatment, you may feel mild discomfort or cramping at the time of injection for a minute or two, particularly if larger veins are being treated. From start to finish, the procedure will take about half an hour to an hour, depending on the number of veins which need to be injected.
Recovery and Results
Recovery is quick and fairly painless. Supportive stockings must be worn initially for extra support, and patients are encouraged to walk the following day in order to promote healing and encourage blood flow. Since the procedure is minimally invasive, many are able to return to their normal activities the same day. Vigorous exercise should be limited, however.
Patients may require multiple visits in order to fully complete their vein treatment. Visits are usually set a month apart from each other. A completed round of treatment does not prevent new varicose or spider veins from forming in the future.