Which Varicose Vein Treatment is Right for Me?
Today, there are many options in varicose vein treatment available, allowing vascular specialists to tailor the treatment to the specific needs and desired outcome of each individual patient. But with so many choices available, how do you know which treatment will serve your needs best? We have an overview of some of the top vein treatments we provide at Center for Vein Restoration, to help you learn more about which treatment might work best for you.
Treatment for Spider Veins
Spider veins are those networks of red and blue lines that often resemble a spider’s web. These networks frequently appear on the legs, but they can also develop on the face, creating an even bigger cosmetic concern. The “gold standard” in spider vein treatment continues to be sclerotherapy, an injectable treatment that collapses small, superficial veins, causing them to fade from view.
Another good option for spider and smaller varicose veins is superficial laser or RF therapy using “Veinwave”, a non-invasive procedure that effectively destroys visible veins without penetrating the skin’s surface. Thermal energy is targeted to veins under the skin, sealing the veins shut so they can be reabsorbed by the body. This treatment is often recommended for veins too small to treat by injection, or for patients with an aversion to needles (although sclerotherapy needles are virtually painless!).
Eliminating Varicose Veins
Larger, even bulging varicose veins that are too large to be treated with the methods outlined above may be effectively eliminated using a revolutionary procedure known as Venefit. Venefit uses radiofrequency energy delivered via a narrow fiber directly into the affected vein. The RF heat shrinks the vein so it seals closed and blood can be rerouted through healthy veins nearby. Venefit is minimally invasive and patients usually return to regular activities the day after treatment. EVLT is another option, using laser energy, which has the same end result. In the past, removal of larger varicose veins could only be done through surgical procedures that involved significant discomfort and downtime. Today, less invasive treatments have virtually eliminated the need for open surgery. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and involve one micro incision that does not require suturing and is virtually invisible after several months.
Another procedure, microphlebectomy, can also be used to remove diseased, bulging, veins from the leg. Removal is performed via tiny incisions and a special tool that removes the veins. Like Venefit, incisions are too small to require stitches and leave minimal scarring after the procedure. Most patients are able to return to regular activities within a day or two after the procedure.
With many options in varicose vein treatment today, there is no reason to suffer the unsightly, painful effects of this condition know as venous disease. To learn more about vein treatments, contact Center for Vein Restoration.