Vein Treatment Options: Which Option is Right for Me?

If you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins, a number of different vein treatment options exist. Here is a brief explanation of the treatment options available to help you make the right choice.

 

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Spider veins are smaller abnormal veins that usually appear in web-like formations beneath the skin. They are discolored, and they are most common on the face, chest and legs.

The main treatment options available to people with spider veins are foam sclerotherapy and liquid sclerotherapy. Both of these treatments work by introducing a sclerosing solution into the interior of the spider vein. This solution irritates the vein’s walls, causing them to stick together. The vein then collapses and fades from view over time. Foam sclerotherapy utilizes a foaming sclerosing solution, while liquid sclerotherapy utilizes a liquid sclerosing solution. Both of these procedures can be performed with or without ultrasound guidance.

Varicose Vein Treatment Options

Varicose veins are larger abnormal veins that may be raised above the skin’s surface or deep within the tissues. These veins typically appear gnarled, and they are usually blue, red or purple in color. Varicose veins may be accompanied by other uncomfortable symptoms, including pain, cramping, tingling, numbness and weakness.

The vein treatment options available to clients with varicose veins include conservative treatment, endovenous laser therapy, radiofrequency ablation and microphlebectomy.

 

Conservative Treatment

Conservative treatment options for clients with varicose veins include elevation of the affected limb, wearing of compression garments and exercise. These three measures can reduce the symptoms associated with varicose veins for some patients. However, they won’t be effective for everyone.

Microphlebectomy

Microphlebectomy is ideal for veins that are located close to the surface of the skin. During this procedure, the surgeon removes varicose veins from the body through small incisions in the skin.

 

Seeking Treatment for Abnormal Veins

If you are experiencing the symptoms of abnormal veins, please contact the Bridgeport Vein Center to learn more about your treatment options.