Choosing the Right Vein Treatment for You
Spider and varicose veins frequently appear on the lower legs and can be a painful condition as well as a cosmetic nuisance. Over time, veins can stop working as efficiently as they once did, leading to blood pooling in the lower extremities and the formation of visible veins on the skin’s surface. Whether you want to eliminate these veins to enhance your appearance or improve uncomfortable symptoms, there are many vein treatments to choose from today. Check out our information about the various treatments available to discover which treatment might be the best option for you.
Injectable Options Continue to Shine
Injectable treatments known as sclerotherapy continue to be the top pick for eliminating unsightly networks of spider veins. These veins often appear on the thigh and lower leg, making you feel uncomfortable flaunting shorts and short skirts. Sclerotherapy involves injections of a special formula directly into spider veins that causes them to seal closed. Blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby, while treated veins are eventually reabsorbed by the body.
Sclerotherapy is often recommended for spider veins or small, superficial varicose veins. Treatment takes just a few minutes and requires no downtime afterward. Patients may need more than one treatment session to achieve desired results.
Innovative Technology Offers Stellar Results
In addition to sclerotherapy, innovative technology can now be used to remove all types of spider and varicose veins with minimal discomfort and downtime. Radiofrequency and laser energy can both be administered using narrow fibers that require a small puncture mark to insert. Energy goes directly into the affected vein, without damaging surrounding veins, tissue or skin.
RF and laser energy can seal even larger veins closed so they can be reabsorbed by the body. These procedures leave little or no scarring and patients can usually return to regular activities as soon as the procedure is over. Some patients will only need a single treatment session to achieve full results.
A New Take on Traditional Treatments
Surgical removal of larger varicose veins used to involve significant pain and an extended recovery period. Today, veins can be removed with a much less invasive procedure known as microphlebectomy. This procedure uses micro incisions that allow for insertion of a small tool that removes the affected vein from the vein in small sections. As with other procedures, scarring after microphlebectomy is nearly non-existent and most patients can return to regular activities the day after treatment.
Treating varicose and spider veins is easier today than ever before. At PCI Veins, we offer a variety of procedures that allow us to customize treatment to the specific needs and desired outcome of the individual patient. To learn more about our treatment options, contact PCI Veins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at 319-774-8432.