Have you been delaying treating your spider veins? Do you hate how they look, but aren’t sure if there’s a good medical reason to get rid of them? If so, you NEED to read this blog post.
Why? Because, if left untreated, the vein problems you’re already experiencing will get worse. And they can lead to further medical complications. In fact, by the end of this post, we’re guessing you’ll be ready to talk vein treatment. Here’s why:
Vein Disease is a Progressive Condition
Yes, it’s true: if you ignore varicose veins they won’t stay the way they are (and they certainly won’t get better!) Instead, the more time that goes by, the larger and more dangerous these bulging veins will become to your overall health.
Allow us to paint you a picture of the typical path vein disease takes. First, you may notice a cluster of veins that are red in color and slightly visible. Next, they may become blue and bulge slightly. And if you don’t intervene at this point, the veins could bulge even more, appear to become twisted, or even leave you with open wounds (ulcers.)
So…that’s the bad news. But here’s the good: we can stop this progression in its tracks with proper vein treatments.
And the earlier you seek treatment, the greater the variety of treatment options you’ll be offered ( all of which we’ll review in 3…2…1…
Top Treatment Options for Varicose Veins
Depending on the progression of your vein disease, you may be eligible for one or more of the following treatments:
Cosmetic sclerotherapy is best for asymptomatic varicose and spider veins that are near the skin’s surface. Purely cosmetic, it involves treating blood vessels which are unsightly, but do not show serious symptoms of vein disease. It’s fast, minimally invasive and requires no sedation or anesthesia. But for spider veins in the legs, sclerotherapy is usually recommended. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure.
During the procedure, a solution is injected into your affected vein, causing it to shrink and close so that blood flow will be redirected through other, healthier veins. Once the vein is closed, it will eventually shrink and disappear from view on the skin’s surface. The whole thing takes just 15 minutes, and afterwards, you wear compression stockings for a week. But you can get back to normal activities right away, making sure to walk each day after your procedure for at least 30 minutes.
Ablation Treatment for Vein Disease
Another option our Houston vein specialists offer is radiofrequency vein ablation (RFA), typically used to treat varicose veins and other problems caused by venous insufficiency or reflux.
RFA is a minimally invasive procedure in which a catheter is inserted into an abnormal vein, heating the vein to close it permanently. Radiofrequency ablation requires only a local anesthetic, causes little or no pain, and leaves virtually no scar. The outpatient procedure takes less than an hour to perform and patients can resume normal activities immediately afterwards.
Finally there is ambulatory phlebectomy—a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove bulging varicose veins located just below the skin.
Phlebectomy is performed under local anesthesia. Several small incisions are made to extract your bulging varicose vein. Since we make small incisions, you won’t need stitches and scarring is minimal or even non-existent. We call this procedure “ambulatory” because you can walk immediately after we get done!
Before recommending any of our vein treatments, our vein specialists will perform a thorough exam and discuss all your available options. Together, we’ll decide on the best way to stop your progressive vein disease in its tracks!