Varicose and spider veins are a common vein disorder that affect millions of people across the globe. If you are unfamiliar with the terms, a varicose vein is a raised blood vessel that is often discolored and swollen. They can have a jagged appearance and are most commonly found on the legs. As for spider veins, these are small, superficial veins that are typically red or purple in color that are most frequently found on the legs and face. These veins can create an unpleasant appearance and diminish the blood flow performance in your body. While these veins are often hereditary, factors such as stress, obesity, hormonal changes, excessive standing, and blood clotting can influence their formation.
Until recently varicose and spider veins were solely treated through a procedure known as vein stripping. This painful process involved putting the patient under general anesthesia, cutting an incision, tying off the effected vein, and stripping it out of the body. This process requires a hefty amount of downtime that is often left with traumatized surrounding tissue, scarring, and infection.
Thanks to advances in medical practices, vein stripping is no longer the best way to handle these troubling veins. Instead there are better and safer alternatives that use local anesthesia and require no downtime. Some of the new approaches to varicose and spider vein removal include:
All of these procedures can be performed in less than hour and are typically done in the comfort of an office. In addition, no scarring or no downtime is experienced. Patients are free to walk out the door with instant satisfaction that there once troubling and unsightly veins have now been treated.