Spider and varicose veins are a common cosmetic concern that can also cause uncomfortable symptoms like leg heaviness, cramping and swelling. In the past, treatments to eliminate this problem involved invasive surgery, pain and an extended recovery period. Today, surgical procedures have been replaced with minimally-invasive procedures that offer superb results without a major disruption to your daily schedule. If you have been putting off vein treatment because you thought it would involve a major commitment of time and money, consider the latest vein treatments that involve little or no downtime.
Choices in Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy continues to be considered the gold standard in spider and varicose vein treatment after its successful use for many years. Advances in this injectable treatment have expanded its use beyond superficial spider veins to some varicose veins and vessels located deeper beneath the skin’s surface. At Carolina Vein Associates, we offer the following options in sclerotherapy:
Liquid Sclerotherapy – This procedure involves injections of a liquid sclerosing agent directly into affected veins. The solution irritates the lining of the vein wall, causing the vessel to seal close and collapse. The vein is reabsorbed by the body and blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby. Liquid sclerotherapy is primarily recommended for smaller spider veins close to the surface of the skin.
Foam Sclerotherapy – This procedure works in a similar fashion to liquid sclerotherapy, but a thicker foam solution allows the injections to work on even larger varicose veins. Foam effectively displaces blood inside the vessel, allowing for more effective sealing and complete collapse of the vein.
Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy – Ultrasound technology, which uses sound waves to create images of the vessels underneath the skin’s surface, now allows us to treat deeper veins in the body. This technology is particularly effective when paired with foam sclerotherapy, since the thicker solution is easy to track on the ultrasound image.
Endovenous Laser Ablation
Laser technology has now come into the treatment room, offering patients another minimally-invasive way to treat varicose veins. Endovenous laser ablation or EVLT uses a narrow fiber to deliver laser energy directly into the vein, heating the vein walls and collapsing the vessel. Incisions to insert the laser fiber are approximately the size of a single grain of rice, requiring no stitches and leaving no visible scarring afterward.
Laser Vein Treatment
Carolina Vein Center also offers non-invasive laser treatments for superficial vascular lesions visible on the skin’s surface. Also known as telangiectasia, these visible vein networks can appear on the face and abdomen, in addition to the legs. Laser energy is directed to the lesion, destroying the vessel with causing trauma to the skin or surrounding tissue. The procedure takes just a few minutes to complete and there is no downtime afterward.
Treating spider and varicose veins is easier today than ever, thanks to innovative advances in vein treatments. If you are bothered by the look or discomfort of spider or varicose veins, help is available. Contact Carolina Vein Associates at 704-684-4511 to find out which treatment will be best for you.