Varicose veins are an overgrowth of medium to large caliber veins occurring just beneath the skin surface on the legs of some individuals. They appear as a result of damage to the internal one-way valves that usually promote blood flow from the legs toward the heart, resulting in vein enlargement and sluggish function. With time, varicose veins often become larger and more extensive, causing symptoms such as pain, aching, burning, swelling and night cramps. However, varicose veins can be successfully treated with a procedure known as sclerotherapy in which the affected veins are injected with a solution that causes them to collapse and fade from view. The procedure is variable in length (depending on the severity and number of varicose veins), and is comfortably performed in an office setting using a mild topical anesthetic cream. The success of the treatment can be enhanced with the subsequent use of compression stockings. What emerges following sclerotherapy is a smoother skin surface without embarrassing raised, visible varicose veins.
When considering sclerotherapy, or indeed any cosmetic procedure, be sure to select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery® ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals for cosmetic enhancement and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle.