Spider Vein Treatment Foam Sclerotherapy's Advantages

Updated on: January 27, 2015

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Dealing with spider veins may not be a medical concern for individuals in Milford, Connecticut or other parts of the country, but their unaesthetic appearance may make them a nuisance, nonetheless. Through proven methods of treatment such as sclerotherapy, many have successfully rid themselves of these tangled, discolored veins. Foam sclerotherapy works similarly to traditional sclerotherapy, but instead of a liquid formula, a foam formula is used. Foam sclerotherapy comes with a few key benefits compared to the traditional treatment, although patients should work with their vein specialist to determine which type of sclerotherapy is right for them.

Foam sclerotherapy and traditional sclerotherapy work by injecting a chemical sclerant into problem veins. The formula is designed to irritate the vessels so they collapse and eventually disappear. Their destruction is not harmful to the overall circulation in the area. There are no intrusive steps to the procedure other than the injection itself. Multiple injections may be required depending on the number of veins being treated, as well as their size. What's more, while most find effective results after just one session with this treatment, some may require more than one session to fully get rid of these problem veins.

The foam sclerotherapy formulation is thicker than the liquid formulation, allowing it to displace blood in the vein more efficiently. This means that the treatment formula will come into contact with more of the vessel lining, allowing for more effective treatment for many individuals. What's more, the Milford vein specialist may find it easier to view the foam formula compared to the liquid formula when tracking the progress of the treatment via ultrasound imaging. Again, though, it is helpful to discuss both methods with the specialist in determining which may be most effective and safest for you.

Foam sclerotherapy has been associated with microembolisms, which are tiny blood clots that may form in the area of treatment. This should be discussed with the specialist as well, and patients should go over other potential side effects such as redness around the treatment area. It is also important to point out that foam sclerotherapy may be recommended for spider veins or cases of small varicose veins, but individuals who have larger varicose veins may be encouraged to explore other treatment methods such as endovenous laser ablation and others. A thorough consultation with the Milford vein specialist will help patients determine which treatment is right for them.

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