They may not be life-threatening, but spider and varicose veins can be hard to live with. In the early stages, they may not cause any issues other than being an eyesore, but they can become worse down the road. As these veins continue to grow and spread, they can become inflamed and very painful for those dealing with them.
Fortunately, there are several treatments available to treat spider and varicose veins, with some being non-invasive. There are a few different types of non-invasive treatments for these types of veins and we have detailed them below.
Radiofrequency Ablation uses radiofrequency energy to help the vein contract. The body will then reabsorb it. When this treatment begins, your doctor will numb the area and then pass a catheter up the vein to apply this frequency. Be aware, it can take some weeks or months to see actual results from this treatment method.
Sclerotherapy employs a solution called a sclerosant, which is injected and destroys varicose and spider veins. Essentially, the solution is used to scar the vein, which will cause it to collapse. After this, the blood that was running through the vein will be rerouted and your body will reabsorb the vein. This therapy is most commonly used on spider veins.
There is also another type of sclerotherapy called foam sclerotherapy. With this technique, the solution is converted into foam before it is injected. Foam sclerotherapy is used to target a larger area or larger veins. The foam can cover a wider area than the normal solution.
This form of treatment is similar to radiofrequency ablation, but instead of radiofrequency, it uses a laser. Both methods employ a catheter, but with laser ablation, a laser fiber is put into the catheter. Laser energy is then used to heat the vein, causing it to close. The vein will become smaller, then close, after which the body will then reabsorb it.
If you are in the early stages of forming spider or varicose veins, there are some things you can try at home to reduce the prominence and pain of these veins. One of the most beneficial actions you can take to help is to avoid standing or sitting for too long. When you do sit down, you should place the affected leg or legs in an elevated position. This allows blood to flow where it needs to, instead of pooling in these troublesome veins. This approach can help bring down swelling.
Exercise can also be great for helping alleviate varicose and spider veins. You should try to take a walk daily or do leg-related workouts to keep blood flowing properly.
Compression socks or stockings can also be helpful as conservative treatment. They can help to alleviate the pressure and swelling from these veins.
Along with all of the above, taking anti-inflammatory medication can help to reduce pain caused by these veins.
Are you looking for a consultation or treatment for your spider or varicose veins? Well, we can help. BASS Vein Center offers a wide range of treatments for these issues, whether you are at an early or late stage. Whatever your current situation may be, we can help you with the right treatment path to achieve the best results. Do not wait: give BASS Vein Center a call today.