Weakened veins allow blood to flow backwards (i.e. away from the heart) and pool, leading to the formation of varicose veins and spider veins. Minimally invasive treatment options for varicose and spider veins remove unhealthy veins which naturally causes blood flow to move into healthy veins. Some treatments that improve the appearance and symptoms of problem varicose and spider veins are discussed below:
Endovenous Laser Treatment: This treatment uses a laser to heat the inner wall of problem veins with an extremely thin optic fiber, causing the varicose vein or spider vein to shrink and clot. This prevents blood flow through the vein and the vein will be dissolved into the body after 4 to 6 weeks without blood flow.
Sclerotherapy: This treatment requires the injection of a “sclerosant” and is especially effective for smaller varicose veins and spider veins. The sclerosant is a specialized chemical that removes the inner lining from injected veins, causing them to collapse and block blood flow through the vein. The body will dissolve the vein after 4 to 6 weeks without blood flow.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy: This treatment is used for varicose veins and involves using specialized tools to remove the problem vein from the body through small punctures. Removing the vein from the body, removes the possibility of future problems with this vein.
All three procedures are done in less than an hour and allow for immediate return to regular activities, though it may take a few weeks for you to return to high-impact activities such as exercise. If you are curious about the best treatment options for your veins in particular, request a FREE consult with our expert vein doctors in our Chicago or Elgin, IL locations. You can also learn more about varicose or spider veins or treatment.