Somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men in the US have a vein problem, such as varicose veins, according to the US Office on Women’s Health. Varicose veins often look like blue bulging veins just beneath the skin on the legs and on other areas of the body. While they might just be a cosmetic problem in many cases, they can have a negative effect on your self-esteem and can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. The good news is that there are many ways to get rid of varicose veins. Here are a few common treatments:
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
The treatment that is best for your varicose veins depends on the size of your veins and where they are located. Smaller or medium-sized varicose veins that are located deeper in the legs can be treated with ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. The vein specialist performing the procedure uses ultrasound imaging to find the veins below the surface of the skin. Then, those veins are injected with a special foam that causes them to collapse and seal. The collapsed veins then fade from view and are eventually reabsorbed by the body.
Varithena Microfoam is similar to sclerotherapy. The vein specialist gets rid of varicose veins by injecting the foam into the vein or by using a catheter to direct the foam to the vein. The foam fills up the vein, causing it to seal shut and fade from view.
While most treatments for varicose veins utilize a chemical or heat to cause the vein to collapse and ultimately be destroyed, VenaSeal takes a different approach to getting rid of the veins. It’s a type of adhesive that glues the veins closed. Blood isn’t able to flow through the sealed veins, so it is redirected to other vessels or capillaries in the area. VenaSeal is less likely to cause bruising or pain in the treated area compared to other procedures.
Treating varicose veins with ClariveinIC involves using a very small catheter to distribute a medicine that causes the veins to seal shut and collapse. The catheter is inserted into the vein using a very tiny needle. A local anesthetic is used at the start of the treatment to improve your comfort.
ClosureFast uses radiofrequency energy, or heat, to get rid of problem veins. The heat from the treatment causes the affected veins to collapse and ultimately disappear. A vein specialist will use local anesthesia with the treatment to help patients feel more comfortable.
In some cases, surgical removal of varicose veins is the best option. During ambulatory phlebectomy, a surgeon makes small incisions in the skin, around the area where the veins are. He then uses small hooks to gently remove the appropriate veins. Ambulatory phlebectomy works best on veins that are near the surface of the skin.