Varicose veins, sometimes called spider veins, develop when valves, which prevent blood from pooling in the lower extremities, weaken. They often appear quite prominently as bluish-purple, web-like structures or large, bulging veins on the legs.
Many individuals with varicose veins feel self-conscious about their appearance. The veins can also be quite uncomfortable, causing burning, aching, and heaviness in the legs.
There are a couple of treatment options for patients who want to remove their varicose veins, whether due to their appearance, painful symptoms, or discomfort.
Treatment Options for Removing Varicose Veins
Sclerotherapy requires no anesthesia and can be performed right inside the doctor’s office. With this treatment option, a vein doctor injects the varicose veins with a solution that irritates the targeted vein’s inner walls, causing them to swell and scar.
This irritation closes the vein off from the circulatory system. The treated veins die and eventually fade over the following few weeks. Patients sometimes experience itching or swelling at the injection site.
Laser surgery works similarly, but uses laser light, rather than an injected solution, to close off the unwanted varicose veins. Over a few weeks following treatment, veins slowly fade and disappear.
Patients sometimes experience bruising, itching, redness, swelling, and skin color changes at the treatment site. Although laser surgery requires no incisions or injections, it is often less effective than sclerotherapy, especially for larger varicose veins.
Tired of Living with Varicose Veins? Schedule a Vein Treatment Consultation
If you are tired of living with the discomfort of varicose veins, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Abella Health today. Our doctor can discuss the best vein treatment options for you and provide you with strategies to mitigate future varicose vein development.