Living in Singapore means that our legs are exposed a lot; we’re often in shorts or swimmers, and when it comes to more formal wear, we can’t wear stocking or tights to cover up ugly veins like we can in colder climates.
If you have varicose veins, or just veins that really aren’t good-looking, there are some potential solutions where you don’t have to go ‘under the knife’. Apart from being a mouthful, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive, needle-based procedure that can be easily performed in the clinic, without any incision or anaesthesia.
Vein treatments have seen significant improvements over the years; traditional invasive surgery like the open stripping of varicose veins can now be replaced with minimally-invasive, needle-based procedures such as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy.
Foam sclerotherapy is a procedure where chemical in its foam form is injected into varicose veins, causing the vein walls to collapse then dissolve into the body and disappear. In the foamy state, the chemical doesn’t get diluted by blood, thus ensuring that it can stay in the vein longer. Unlike liquid injection sclerotherapy that works only for spider veins, foam sclerotherapy can also be used for treating larger varicose veins.
Now, here’s where things get exciting! Ultrasound imaging is used in the treatment to accurately guide the needle into the vein. A fine needle (around the size of an acupuncture needle) is used, so there isn’t any pain involved and hence no need for anaesthesia. What’s more, it’s great for treating deep varicose veins that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Foam sclerotherapy can also be used to treat remnant veins left behind after a successful endovenous ablation, as well as extensive spider veins.
Where to go
Apart from popular and effective endovenonus treatments like ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, laser and needle phlebectomy, The Vein Clinic in Paragon offers a comprehensive range of treatments to cater to all types of varicose veins.
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