If it’s been years since you’ve worn shorts or a skirt thanks to your varicose or spider veins, there’s good news. A vein treatment center can offer a variety of treatment options for venous disease and varicose veins. Which treatment is best for you depends on the size of your veins and how deep they are. Your vein doctor can help you choose the best procedure, or in some cases, procedures, to treat your vein problems.
Treatment Options at a Vein Clinic
If you have spider veins, vascular surgeons are most likely to recommend sclerotherapy to treat them. Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and typically look like blue and red, delicate webs nears the surface of your skin. Sclerotherapy involves injecting the veins with a special solution that causes them to collapse and fade away. In some cases, vein doctors also recommend sclerotherapy as a treatment for varicose veins. While it’s not as as effective on larger veins, it can help reduce smaller varicose veins.
Your vein doctor might recommend treating very fine spider veins with a procedure known as VeinGogh. The treatment uses a very fine needle and heat to collapse the blood vessel and cause it to fade from view over a period of weeks. Although the treatment can be performed on its own, it’s often combined with sclerotherapy to give you the best possible results.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a type of outpatient treatment that removes varicose veins that are near the surface of the skin. You’re given anesthesia during the treatment, so you won’t feel anything. The procedure involves making small incisions in the skin near the veins, then removing the veins through the incisions. Recovery is usually pretty short and many people are back to their regular lives the next day or within a few days.
Afterwards, it’s usually recommended that you wear compression stockings for a few weeks to help reduce swelling and to help improve results. Since the incisions made during the procedure are so small, scarring is usually not noticeable.
Sometimes called VNUS Closure, the Venefit procedure uses radiofrequency energy to destroy and eliminate problem veins. During the treatment, a vein doctor finds the vein with ultrasound imaging, then inserts a small catheter into it, which directs the radiofrequency energy to the vein’s wall. Venefit is used as a treatment for larger and deeper varicose veins and for other forms of venous disease.
Recovery after Venefit is usually quick. Many patients notice less bruising and swelling from the treatment than from more invasive, traditional techniques. Since Venefit is performed on an outpatient basis, you are able to return home right away.
Sometimes, a series of treatments or a combination of treatments are the best way to fully eliminate your varicose or spider veins. To discuss all your options in full, schedule a consultation at Bridgeport Vein Center today.