Understanding Your Vein Treatment Options
- Posted on: Aug 29 2015
Abnormal veins can affect your life in many ways. Depending on the specifics of your condition, you may experience discomfort, embarrassment and low self-esteem. Fortunately, you can improve your condition and alleviate these symptoms with professional vein treatment from a qualified vascular surgeon.
About Abnormal Veins
Two primary types of abnormal veins exist: varicose veins and spider veins. Each of these conditions presents differently. Spider veins typically appear as small blue, purple or red veins on the hands, face, neck, chest or legs. These veins may appear in clusters and are easily visible from the surface of the skin.
Varicose veins are larger than spider veins and are most common in the legs. They often appear gnarled and swollen, and they may be raised. Varicose veins may also cause a number of symptoms, such as burning, cramping, itching, tingling and more.
If your condition is not severe, you may be able to treat it on your own with conservative treatment measures. Some at-home treatment methods that may be beneficial include wearing compression stockings, elevating your legs and exercising regularly. If you are overweight, your condition may also improve with weight loss.
Professional Vein Treatment Options
If you cannot resolve your condition through conservative treatment, professional vein treatment may help. Treatments available at a vein clinic include:
This treatment method is most appropriate for small spider veins. It involves the use of radiofrequency energy delivered to the surface of the skin. VeinWaveTM produces minimal side effects and immediate results.
Laser ablation involves the use of a surface laser to heat abnormal veins. It works well for spider veins on the face and legs. This procedure results in less trauma and a shorter recovery period that other options.
Endovenous Laser Therapy
Endovenous Laser Therapy uses laser energy to treat spider and varicose veins from the inside. A thin laser probe is inserted into the affected vein, and laser energy is administered to cause the vein to collapse and fade from view.
This procedure delivers heat energy into affected veins using a catheter. Blood is then rerouted into healthier veins.
During microphlebectomy, a surgeon removes abnormal veins through small incisions in the skin. This procedure works well for larger varicose veins that cannot be treated using other methods.
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a special solution into abnormal veins. This solution irritates the veins and causes them to collapse. Sclerotherapy can be performed with or without ultrasound guidance.
Making an Appointment
If you are interested in professional vein treatment, please contact the Vein & Vascular Institute today.
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