Two Types of Vein Treatments
Varicose veins and spider veins. While these two kinds of veins are different in appearance, most would agree that they have one thing in common – they are unwelcome, unsightly, and often extremely painful. Varicose veins are enlarged blue, red or flesh-colored veins that often look like cords and are raised above the surface of the skin to appear twisted and bulging. They can be found on the thighs, inside the leg, or on the back of the calves.
As the name suggests, spider veins look like spider webs. They have short, jagged lines similar to that of a tree branch. They most often appear on the legs and face, and can be found in very small or very large areas on the body. There are two different, minimally-invasive approaches to treating varicose and spider veins. Learn more here to determine if one of these treatments may be best for you:
- Endovenous Laser Ablation is used to treat large varicose veins. A laser fiber is inserted into the vein and the fiber is heated slowly, causing the vein to collapse.
- Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat spider veins and small varicose veins. The vein is injected with what is typically a salt solution, which causes irritation and inflammation inside the vein, making the blood vessel swell and stick together and the blood to clot. This treatment minimizes the appearance of broken and blemished blood vessels. Sclerotherapy may require multiple session, although most patients are satisfied with the results after just one treatment.
A topical anesthetic is used in both procedures to help with patient comfort, and there is no scarring left behind in both treatments. Recovery is the same for both procedures, as well. There is no downtime after the treatment, with many being able to return to normal daily activities right away. Your doctor may recommend you wear compression stockings afterward to help with recovery and encourage healthy blood flow, and he or she will likely schedule a follow-up visit to check the progress of the treatment.
Do you suffer from varicose or spider veins? Contact Reeder Vein Institute.
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