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Understanding Different Types of Vein Treatments

Varicose and spider veins affect a good percentage of the population. While they are more common in women, men can also be affected. These veins are unnecessary and unsightly, and can even sometimes cause symptoms such as pain and fatigue. Luckily, there are a number of ways to get rid of these veins. At Maryland Dermatology Laser Skin and Vein, our expert dermatologists offer a range of methods to reduce the appearance of spider and varicose veins. 

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a tried and true method of eliminating both spider veins and smaller varicose veins. Sclerotherapy has been around for years and is considered one of the best methods for reducing and eliminating unwanted veins. Drs. Robert and Margaret Weiss and Dr. Karen Beasley have authored textbooks on the subject and are  leading experts in the field of vein treatment. 

Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a sclerosing solution into the targeted vein. The sclerosing agent dissolves the vein from the inside, after which the body naturally eliminates what is left. Sclerotherapy is highly effective and is most often used for veins on the legs. 

VenaSeal

VenaSeal is the newest FDA-approved treatment for varicose veins. Varicose veins are the large, protruding veins which are most often found on the legs.  VenaSeal is a non-invasive, proven safe and effective method of eliminating these veins from the legs. 

VenaSeal uses a system involving a tiny catheter inserted into the vein to deposit medical glue to seal the vein shut. Once the varicose vein is sealed off, the blood then automatically reroutes to the surrounding healthy veins, and the varicose vein will be naturally eliminated by the body. 

CoolTouch CTEV and Varia, V-Beam Perfecta, and Cutera XLV

Sclerotherapy and VenaSeal are effective and great for veins on the body, but what about veins on the face? Often, blue spider veins can appear on the temples or around the eyes, and many patients wish to be rid of them. Luckily, there are lasers available that can help.

The CoolTouch Varia can be used to reduce the appearance of blue spider veins on the face. The face is a delicate area and treatments such as sclerotherapy or VenaSeal should not be used on it. Luckily, the CoolTouch Varia is gentle enough to be used on the face, but still effective enough to get rid of your spider veins!  The V-Beam Perfecta and Cutera XLV are also very useful in treating spider veins.

The CoolTouch CTEV is meant for larger varicose veins, and this type of non- invasive treatment has generally replaced surgery.  A painless ultrasound examination is necessary to determine the best treatment for varicose veins.   The CTEV laser is a great non-invasive alternative to surgery for many larger varicose veins.

Schedule a Vein Consultation at Maryland Dermatology Laser Skin and Vein

If you are suffering from varicose or spider veins, don’t hesitate to contact the expert dermatologists at Maryland Dermatology Laser Skin and Vein for a consultation! Just call 410.840.7525 to learn more about vein treatments and make your appointment.

*Patient results may vary.