Eliminate varicose veins for smoother, younger-looking legs
Enlarged varicose and spider veins can be an unwelcome side effect of aging, pregnancy, hormonal changes, weight gain, and long periods of standing. Your genetics can also make you more susceptible to varicose veins, which develop when weakened valves allow blood to pool in the leg veins, instead of circulating it back up to the heart. The collected blood causes these superficial veins to swell, appear blue in colour, and bulge beneath the skin. At False Creek Healthcare, we offer Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy and Foam Sclerotherapy (also known as Ultrasonic Sclerotherapy) in our Vancouver facility to treat large (and often painful) varicose veins.
About Eva Vein: Our partners in vein care
The EVA vein care team has over 35 years of collective experience in medical practice. Their board-certified physicians are sub-specialty fellowship-trained in interventional radiology. Eva Vein Care is renowned for its leading-edge vein therapies and high standard of patient care.
What happens during Ultrasonic Sclerotherapy?
First, you’ll have a consultation with our experienced, board-certified vascular surgeon to determine whether you’re a good candidate for sclerotherapy and to discuss your concerns and expectations. Your physician will also map out the veins in your lower limbs with a sophisticated ultrasound machine.
During the procedure, your physician will use the ultrasound to guide a solution-filled needle directly into the target veins. The foam solution causes the veins to contract and collapse, forcing blood to re-route through healthier veins. The closed vein is gradually re-absorbed by the body and will fade over time. Each session takes about a half hour, depending on the size and number of veins that require treatment.
Ultrasonic Sclerotherapy benefits
- Safe, effective varicose vein treatment
- Permanent elimination of problem veins
- FDA and Health Canada approved
- No general anaesthesia or overnight stays
- Little-to-no downtime
- Minimal discomfort
Ultrasonic Sclerotherapy recovery
After treatment, you will need to wear compression stockings and follow any other instructions that your doctor provides. Most people can return to work and normal activities immediately afterward, and moderate exercise is typically encouraged. You will experience some mild bruising, soreness and redness at the injection site. Some patients have also reported small skin sores, darkened lines or spots, and tiny red blood vessels, but these temporary side effects typically fade within 2-3 weeks. More serious, yet extremely rare, complications can include inflammation, blood clots and air bubbles in the bloodstream.
Ultrasonic Sclerotherapy results
You may require several sclerotherapy sessions to eliminate your varicose veins, depending on the size and number of veins and your desired results. Once the bruising fades, the treated veins will fade and eventually disappear. While sclerotherapy destroys the treated veins so they can’t reappear, the procedure can’t change your tendency to develop new varicose veins over time.
Preparing for Ultrasonic Sclerotherapy
Your physician will provide detailed instructions to ensure that you are properly prepared for sclerotherapy. Patients are typically asked not to shave or apply lotion or moisturizer to their legs 24 hours before the treatment. You should also wear loose, comfortable clothing or a pair of shorts. You will also receive guidelines on whether you need to avoid certain medications or supplements before and after your procedure.
Am I a candidate for Ultrasonic Sclerotherapy?
During a one-on-one consultation, our vascular surgeon will determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for sclerotherapy. Typically, good candidates are non-smokers who have:
- Good health and a stable body weight
- Realistic expectations for the procedure
- Unsightly spider or varicose veins
- Large, painful veins that swell or throb
Why have Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy at False Creek Healthcare?
Our renowned vascular surgeon has successfully performed many sclerotherapy treatments. Each and every one of our physicians has years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Our modern facility and patient-centred philosophy will ensure you have a positive, rewarding experience at every turn. Let us help you regain your confidence and achieve the look you desire.
If you’re ready to explore your cosmetic and surgical needs with our board-certified vascular surgeon, request a consultation today. During your consultation, your patient care coordinator will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Your goals
- Potential risks and complications