Why Laser Vein Removal Centers May Not be the Answer to Getting Rid of your Spider Veins | A Top Vein Doctor’s Insight
July 16, 2019
Are laser vein removal centers ideal for treating spider veins?
There are two kinds of laser vein removal centers – certified medical vein clinics, that employ skilled vein specialists, and medical spas, which are more likely to have untrained personnel. Quite apart from the fact that you would be more comfortable with an expert, there are two concrete reasons why you should always get treated by a specialized vein doctor:
Vein specialists can find out if you have underlying vein disease
Spider veins often indicate the presence of a deeper vein problem, called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). This is a disorder of inefficient blood circulation in the legs, and, if untreated, can lead to more serious consequences like leg ulcers and poor wound healing. A vein specialist can perform a diagnostic ultrasound to find out if you have this condition.
The treatment offered by qualified vein specialists is likely to be more effective and long lasting
If you have CVS, treating spider veins alone is not enough. You need to get the underlying condition treated. Otherwise, the spider veins will just come back again, and may even worsen if as the CVI progresses.
Isn’t laser the best and latest treatment for spider veins?
Laser treatment for spider veins actually has more disadvantages than advantages. The treatment process is extremely long, and it can be several months before you start seeing visible results. Laser vein removal also requires multiple sessions, which means multiple visits to the clinic, as well as an increase in the overall cost of treatment.
So ideally, which procedure is used in the treatment of spider veins?
Sclerotherapyis the most effective spider vein treatment. With ample clinical evidence documenting its efficacy, it is the treatment of choice offered by all vein experts for spider veins on legs. This non-surgical procedure is simple, minimally invasive, and can be done in less than an hour at a vein clinic.
Sclerotherapyconsists of a simple injection, done with really tiny needles that barely cause any discomfort. A medicated solution, known assclerosant, is directly injected, using these needles, into your spider veins. When the sclerosant is injected, you will see that the spider vein disappears immediately. However, this is because the sclerosant pushes the blood out of the veins temporarily, and the vein will reappear again. Over time, the sclerosant irritates the walls of your veins, causing them to become sticky and eventually fuse together. This stops blood from flowing through the spider veins. Over time, the non-functional veins get digested by the body, and disappear completely from view. This process takes around a month. Unlike laser treatment, A single injection of sclerotherapy can lead to almost 80% improvement in the appearance of spider veins.
Since sclerotherapy is a single step process, you don’t require sedation or recovery time. You can arrive at the vein clinic on the day of the procedure, and leave as soon as it is done. You can resume your daily activities immediately. Your vein doctor may ask you to get adequate exercise, in order to improve blood circulation and promote healing. You may also need to wear compression stockings for a few weeks. These ensure that the veins seal off effectively, and they also prevent swelling and bruising. While a single session of sclerotherapy may cost more than laser treatment, it is much more effective, so in the long run, you end up paying much lesser than you would for multiple laser sessions.
Are there any side effects? The worst one is inflammation. The area of skin which was injected may appear slightly raised and reddish, similar to a bug bite. This is due to the irritant action of the sclerosant, and lasts for less than 24 hours. Very, very rarely, the skin over the area of injection may darken. This is not serious and will fade over time.
VTC – your answer to top quality spider vein treatment in New Jersey.
While choosing a vein clinic, remember that sclerotherapy must be performed only by trained physicians. This is because it requires experience and skill to be able to inject the medicated solution directly into the tiny spider vein. Look for a board certified physician who has specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases.
The Vein Treatment Clinics in New Jersey are among the premier vein clinics of America, offeringstate of the art treatment options for both spider and varicose veins. We have on board some of the most experienced and skilled vein doctors in New Jersey. Dr. Faisal Siddiqi, our medical director who oversees vein treatment at all the New Jersey Vein Treatment Clinics, was voted the top vein doctor in New Jersey. Dr. Simon Smith and Dr. Caroline Novak are highly skilled, board certified spider vein experts who believe in personalized approach to vein care. All our vein specialists share one common goal – treating your vein conditions to make you look better, feel better, and improve your quality of life.
To learn more about treatment procedures, and about spider veins and CVI, do talk to one of the experts at the Vein Treatment Clinic. You can call 855-386-0195, or book an appointment online.
Meet our Vein Specialists
Dr. Namrata Khimani
Venous specialist | Harvard Medical School
Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.
If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.
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