Boulder, Colorado is rapidly becoming a cosmetic center for treatment of vein disorders. Spas, cosmetic parlors and vein clinics are spread all over this small town. Boulder has its fair share of individuals with both varicose and spider veins. Most cosmetic physicians and surgeons offer a variety of treatments for both of these vein disorders.
What treatments are available for venous disorders veins in Boulder?
The two most common treatments available for spider veins include:
Sclerotherapy: This older yet effective treatment involves injections of a chemical into each spider vein. At most 20-25 spider veins can be treated during each session and takes about 30-45 minutes. Bruising and mild pain are common after the procedure but resolve over the next few days.
Laser: Lasers are fast replacing sclerotherapy as the treatment of choice for spider veins. The laser can treat multiple lesions in a few minutes, is a much shorter procedure and does not require any downtime. Laser is slightly more expensive than sclerotherapy.
What treatments are available for varicose veins in Boulder?
Varicose veins can be treated by a number of techniques which include:
Vein stripping: When the entire leg vein is tortuous and unsightly, the best treatment is stripping. This procedure is done under general anesthesia and requires at least two small incisions. Recovery after surgery can take about a week and the pain is mild to moderate.
Vein ligation & Stabs: Isolated varicosities which appear near the skin surface can be removed with small skin incisions. The procedure does require anesthesia and is often associated with multiple skin scars.
Endovenous treatment: Use of laser or radiofrequency probes are also available at many vein clinics in Boulder. The probes are inserted via a small incision in the thigh and the vein is burnt away. The procedure is fast and relatively painless. It is good for treating large varicose veins which are isolated to the thigh. The procedure is not used to treat varicose veins below the knee.
Compression stockings: For those undecided about surgery and want a conservative approach, daily wearing of compression stockings is helpful.
What is the cost of treatment?
The average cost of treating spider or varicose veins in Boulder range anywhere from $200-400.
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