If you have varicose or spider veins, you know how bothersome they can be. Not only are they physically unappealing, but varicose veins can cause discomfort and pain. The best option for most people is to see a doctor and have a procedure to get rid of those unsightly veins.
The older treatment is called vein stripping, which is a surgical procedure where doctors would remove the diseased vein through incisions. However, newer, less invasive treatment options are available to those looking to get rid of varicose and spider veins.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins, that appear just below the surface of the skin, often with a blue or purplish color. Usually, varicose veins develop in the legs, but can develop in other parts of the body as well. They occur when faulty valves in the veins allow blood to pool or flow in the wrong direction.
Varicose Vein Treatment
Fortunately, treatment of varicose veins does not require a hospital stay and can be done at outpatient clinics. There are a number of safe, minimally invasive options for treatment. A doctor will recommend the treatment based on the extent and severity of the vein disease.
- Radiofrequency Ablation: This non-surgical method uses radiofrequency heat to shrink the vein wall and close it from the inside.
- Laser Ablation: The doctor inserts laser fiber directly into the vein. This method involves little to no pain.
- Varithena: A microfoam solution is injected directly into the affected vein. This will cause the vein to collapse and “deactivate” the microform to reroute the blood flow through the other veins.
- Sclerotherapy: A chemical solution is injected into the vein with a small needle. This solution will cause the lining of the vein to swell and close.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy: This method involves the removal of superficial veins through tiny punctures or slits in the skin.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are smaller, thread-like veins that appear just below the surface of the skin, and are often a red, blue, or purplish color. They often occur on the legs or the face and get their name from their appearance, which often looks like a spider web or tree branches.
Like Varicose veins, they develop when faulty valves in the veins allow blood to pool or flow in the wrong direction. Spider veins in the face are often the result of tiny blood vessels bursting.
Spider Vein Treatment
There are two methods we use at Virginia Vein Care for Spider veins. Both are safe and minimally invasive.
- Sclerotherapy: A small needle injects a chemical solution into the vein, causing the lining of the vein to swell and close.
- VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis: This treatment is done by inserting a hair-thin probe into the vein to deliver a ‘microburst’ of heat delivery to the vein to coagulate the blood within it. This will cause the vesel to collapse and reabsorb into the body.
If you have spider veins or varicose veins, and are looking to get rid of them, contact us today to book an appointment with a vein specialist.
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