When was the last time you went out without pants on? If you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins, the embarrassment you feel about flashing an ankle or knee might be enough to keep you in pants all summer long. But why compromise fashion, pride, or basic comfort? Modern cosmetic vein treatments are extremely effective, and unlike the weeks of healing old methods required, new treatment options get you back to daily life right after treatment.
There are two main avenues of treatment for cosmetic vein concerns: Sclerotherapy and Endovenous Ablation. Both options are minimally invasive, require only local anesthetic, and are completed in approximately an hour. While determining what exactly is best for you as a patient is your specialist's responsibility, being an educated consumer is a great way to feel more comfortable about your treatment options and have a greater understanding of vein issues in general.
Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins. If you are suffering from Spider Veins--and you're not alone--you should know that Sclerotherapy is the gold standard in spider vein treatment. When you're ready for your treatment, your specialist will inject a small amount of a special chemical mixture into the problem vein or veins. The chemicals cause the vein to collapse and close, re-routing blood to healthier veins further away from the skin's surface. Ultrasound may be used to make sure all of the problem veins are treated.
Endovenous Ablation for Varicose Veins. Varicose veins are not always considered a cosmetic condition--for many people, these veins can cause pain, heaviness, itching, and even lead to more serious vascular conditions. Treatment is important, and is actually very easy if you choose endovenous ablation. Endovenous Ablation can be performed with either a laser or radiofrequency device; either way, your specialist will use the tool to apply heat to the inside of the greater saphenous vein, which is a large vein that typically 'feeds' the varicose veins. Once this vein is closed, blood will travel through healthy veins and your varicose veins will disappear.
Your specialist is the best resource to talk to in order to determine the best treatment option for your condition. Contact a specialist in your area to learn more.