Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatments:
Varicose and Spider Veins can happen to anyone. They are not usually dangerous but can be embarrassing, even painful as is often the case with varicose veins.
While there are many surgerical procedures available to help remove them, thanks to the latest advancements in non-surgical vein treatments such as Sclerotherapy and Laser Vein Removal, in many cases, such drastic measures are now no longer necessary!
Spider Veins: Spider veins often occur in the legs, feet and ankles and are usually more plentiful than varicose veins. They occur in smaller branches off of larger veins and appear as a web or a sunburst design and are mostly bluish. Spider veins usually do not cause pain and are mostly cosmetic. They veins can be seen through the skin but are not palpable like varicose veins. Men and women can have spider veins but they mostly occur in women.
Varicose Veins: Varicosities often occur in the larger veins. When the blood does not circulate as it should it can pool and form bulges.The first sign that you may have a varicose vein is the fact that you can see and feel them through the skin. They’re usually accompanied by cramping, itching, swelling and aching pain. Weakened valves may lead to the blood flowing in the wrong direction through the veins and the problems that come afterwards such as blood clots which can cause inflammation and pain at the site of the clot. This is called superficial venous thrombosis.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Spider and Varicose Veins:
Depending on the extent and the condition of the problem in the veins there are simple in office procedures that can help you get sexy, vein-free legs without the risk or expense of surgery. If fact, if your problem involves pain, blood clots, inflammation and other risk factors or more serious side effects from non-treatment, you can usually get the insurance company to pay for a more extensive procedure. However, without pain or other issue that affects your health, treatment is considered cosmetic and insurance companies are not in the habit of paying for cosmetic procedures. In this case, we offer affordable ways to help get rid of them.
Sclerotherapy – Depending on the extent and the condition of the problem in the veins it is possible to inject a saline solution into them which will encourage them to restrict and close properly. Generally this will solve the problem, however where the extent of the damage to the vein is too great for a saline solution to work, surgery may be necessary.
Laser treatments – These are done in our office and are relatively quick, taking about 15-30 minutes per session. Precise laser energy is applied to the veins through the skin to destroy them. The vein will just disappear. Depending on the size of the varicose or spider vein, this procedure may take more than one treatment.
Wear compression sleeves – If you have circulation problems such as varicose veins and must stand for prolonged periods of time, compression sleeves can keep blood moving in the right direction. Be sure to put on your sleeves or compression hose while you are still in bed before your feet hit the ground for best results.
During your first visit at our office, Dr. Van Reken will perform an examination and diagostic testing to determine which treatment is best for you.