A number of different vein treatment options are available to patients who struggle with spider veins or varicose veins. Below is some information to help you better understand these issues, as well as the various treatments available.
What are Abnormal Veins?
Abnormal veins are veins that are no longer normal in function and/or appearance. Two main types of abnormal veins may develop: spider veins and varicose veins. Spider veins are small, discolored veins that appear in web-like formations under the skin. They may be blue, purple or red in color, and they often twist and turn. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are larger than spider veins. They are gnarled and tend to be swollen. Varicose veins may be located deep within the tissues, or they may protrude from the skin’s surface.
In some cases, abnormal veins also result in uncomfortable symptoms. Symptoms may include swelling, tingling, burning, cramping, heaviness, weakness and restlessness. In the worst cases, ulcerations may even develop in the skin near a diseased vein.
Vein Treatment Options
Some of the treatment options available to patients with spider veins include:
- Surface Lasers. – Surface lasers can be used to reduce the appearance of spider veins. This treatment option is non-invasive and works best on small, superficial veins.
- Sclerotherapy. – Sclerotherapy can be used to treat spider veins or varicose veins. During sclerotherapy, a vein doctor injects a solution into the affected veins in order to force them to collapse.
- Micro-phlebectomy. – Micro-phlebectomy is best for superficial varicose veins. During this procedure, a vascular surgeon uses small surgical hooks to pull pieces of the varicose vein from the body.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation. – Endovenous laser ablation is typically used to treat varicose veins, including those located deep beneath the surface of the skin. During this procedure, the vascular surgeon uses a catheter to deliver laser energy into the interior of the vein. This energy heats the walls of the vein, causing the vein to seal off.
Choosing a Vein Treatment Option
Each of the options described above is appropriate for different purposes. To find out which of these is best for you, make an appointment with a vein specialist today. Please contact Vascular Medicine Center to learn more.