Spider veins are not usually uncomfortable, but they can definitely become a cosmetic nuisance. Those red and blue networks that commonly appear on the legs can keep you from looking and feeling your best in your spring and summer attire. The good news is there are quick, relatively easy ways to eliminate those unattractive veins without surgery, anesthesia or downtime. Check out three non-surgical procedures offered at Incredible Veins Skin & Body to help you say goodbye to spider veins for good.
Endovenous laser therapy or EVLT uses laser energy to collapse damaged veins so they can fade from view. The laser is delivered directly into the vein using a very narrow catheter. Once the catheter is in place, the laser energy heats the vein so the vessel walls seal closed. The treated vein is eventually reabsorbed by the body and blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby.
EVLT is performed on an outpatient basis using topical anesthetic and protective goggles. Procedures typically take about 30 minutes to complete and you can return to regular activities the next day. You will need to protect the treated area from sun exposure for a number of weeks to prevent discoloration and visible scarring.
Venefit works in a similar fashion to EVLT, but instead of laser energy, radiofrequency technology is used to collapse the vein. Energy is delivered via a narrow fiber that requires a tiny incision and leaves no visible scarring afterward. The vessel actually shrinks around the fiber during treatment, so that it can easily be reabsorbed by the body after the procedure.
Because different technology is used, Venefit does not require sun avoidance like EVLT. Some patients also report less discomfort after the procedure. However, both procedures are very effective at eliminating spider veins, and Dr. Ebrahimi will discuss which procedure might meet your specific needs best.
Even with the revolutionary technology now used to treat many vein conditions, sclerotherapy continues to be considered the gold standard in spider vein treatment. This injectable treatment administers a sclerosing aging directly into the vein that causes the vessel walls to collapse and seal together. Like the other treatments, injected vessels are eliminated through the body’s natural processes and blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby.
Sclerotherapy also takes just a few minutes to complete and can be performed without any type of anesthesia. Some patients may require more than one treatment session to achieve desired results.
Treating spider veins is easier today than ever before, thanks to revolutionary, non-surgical treatment options. If you are ready to say goodbye to those bothersome veins, contact Incredible Veins Skin & Body at 818-446-2995.