Americans spend billions of dollars each year on anti-aging solutions, including creams and other topical products along with expensive invasive surgeries. And while much of the focus is the face and neck, one of the biggest places we show our age is in our hands. But what most people don’t know is that there is a painless, non-invasive procedure called Sclerotherapy that can leave hands and arms looking smooth and youthful.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure that involves an injection of a drug solution that causes a blood vessel to collapse. Once this vessel collapses, it can no longer hold blood and then shrinks and disappears.
When hearing this explanation, many people ask: “Don’t I need those veins?” But the anatomy of the arms and hands is similar to that of the legs and feet, in that the superficial veins (the ones seen just under the skin) are not essential to the cardiovascular system. There is a rich network of deep veins that can more than adequately do the job of carrying blood to and from the heart. When treating hand and arm veins, however, it’s important to leave at least one superficial vein for future use with intravenous medications.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of this treatment are many. Sclerotherapy is a relatively quick procedure that usually takes 20-30 minutes, and does not require you to go to a hospital. The procedure also does not require any anesthesia, and it is virtually painless. A compression glove or wrap is used after treatment, but otherwise, you are able to return immediately to your regular daily activities. In fact, most patients have no trouble driving themselves home. The best benefit is that after treatment, there is no scarring, and you are left with smoother, more beautiful younger looking hands and arms.
What are the risks?
There are, essentially, no real risks or side effects with this procedure. Oftentimes with leg treatment, there can be a darkening of the skin. But this does not occur in the hands. There may be some mild swelling and tenderness in the treated areas, but this resolves itself quickly.
If you want to further discuss what Sclerotherapy may be able to do for your hands and arms, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices at 760-944-9263 or visit us at www.sdveininstitute.com.