Coastal Hills Dermatology
Lucas Bingham, MD
Dermatologist located in Ladera Ranch, CA
Even if they’re not painful, varicose and spider veins can be unsightly and hurt your confidence. Dr. Lucas Bingham, a dermatologist in Ladera Ranch, California, has years of experience treating this issue and offers sclerotherapy, the treatment of choice for small varicose veins. If you’re avoiding wearing skirts or shorts because of unattractive veins, book an appointment online or call Coastal Hills Dermatology to get started today.
Sclerotherapy Q & A
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are gnarled and enlarged veins, while spider veins are a milder version of this condition. Most commonly, varicose veins develop in your legs and feet due to the pressure of standing and walking. Varicose veins are sometimes a purely cosmetic issue, but at other times, they can:
- Cause pain and discomfort
- Lead to more serious issues
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Anyone can get varicose veins, though they are more common in women. You’re also more likely to get varicose veins if you are:
- Not exercising
- Related to someone with varicose veins
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat small varicose and spider veins. It involves injecting veins with a solution so that they collapse and eventually turn into scar tissue. When this happens, your blood redirects to flow through healthier veins, and the treated veins fade within a few weeks.
In addition to diminishing the appearance of varicose veins, sclerotherapy can reduce pain caused by the damaged veins. Sclerotherapy is a proven procedure that’s been used since the 1930s.
What Does the Sclerotherapy Procedure Entail?
First, you have a consultation with Dr. Bingham in which you can let him know about any pain or discomfort, and show him the veins you’d like to see diminished.
If you’re a good candidate for sclerotherapy, Dr. Bingham takes a tiny needle and injects your varicose veins with a solution. The procedure doesn’t require any anesthesia and takes about 15–30 minutes.
What Can I Do to Keep Varicose Veins From Getting Worse?
There are a few things you can do to keep your varicose veins at bay, including:
- Exercising and losing weight
- Avoiding long periods of standing
- Elevating your legs when resting
- Not crossing your legs when sitting
- Wearing loose clothing
If you have questions about varicose or spider veins, Dr. Bingham is happy to answer them and recommend the best treatment plan for you. Call the office or schedule a consultation online to get started.