Watching Veins Vanish Is 2019's Answer To Pimple Popping
Popping cysts and digging out blackheads are so 2018, don't you know?
The next big thing in Body Preening Porn or BPP (a term we just totally made up) is foam sclerotherapy for varicose and spider veins.
Videos of the hypnotic treatment have been popping up all over Instagram, many of them shared by The Vein Treatment Centre in New York City.
In the vision, a white foamy substance is injected into a heavily veiny area immediately eradicating the once sore-looking bright red spot.
And watching it feels good ... real good. In fact, the videos will give you the same oozingly addictive calm that Dr Sandra Lee aka Dr Pimple Popper's videos are known for producing.
So what is foam sclerotherapy exactly? To find out, we asked Dr Alia Nasser from Verve Cosmetic Clinic who regularly carries out the treatment.
What Is It?
Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for the sufferers of varicose and spider veins.
The treatment involves injecting the white foamy substance into the problem area, which works to destroy the damaged veins.
Dr Nasser explains: "The foam irritates the wall of the blood vessel, making it swell up and close".
"When we inject the foam into the vein it actually fades -- that’s what you’re seeing on those videos," she said. "It's also how we know we're in the vein."
How Long Does It Take?
According to Dr Nasser, the entire treatment can take at the most around 30 minutes.
The issue, she said, is how many veins practitioners can attack in one sitting.
"We’re restricted by the amount of the medication we can use at any one time," Dr Nasser said. "We can only use so much in the one day. So if a patient has a lot of varicose or spider veins then they may need to come back for more treatment".
As for the pain factor, Dr Nasser said the treatment can be "a little bit uncomfortable" and she will sometimes administer nitrous oxide (aka happy gas) to patients if they're in pain.
What Happens After The Treatment?
Dr Nasser said she encourages her patients to get up and start walking. "We just don't want them jogging or doing any form of heavy exercise," she said.
Patients are also required to wear those fetching compression stockings for between three and five days -- depending on the severity of their treatment -- and may experiencing a little bruising or pigmentation.
Nothing vain about that.
Feature Image: Instagram/@veinsveinsveins