With summertime fast approaching, you're probably ready to spend some time down at the beach or lounging out by the pool. Unfortunately, unsightly spider veins can leave you feeling uncomfortable showing off your skin. If you suffer from these troublesome veins, you can at least take comfort in the fact that you're far from alone. According to experts, the most recent estimates show that more than 50% of adults in the United States suffer from spider or varicose veins.
When it comes to treating these conditions, there are two main options: sclerotherapy and laser therapy. Both methods are capable of removing unsightly veins, but which one is truly superior?
The preferred option of many medical professionals, sclerotherapy makes use of an injectable solution made up of a mixture of fatty acids, salt and glycerin. This solution is injected into the affected vein, stopping blood flow and causing it to collapse. After treatment is administered, the unsightly veins disappear, returning the look and feel of the skin to normal. On the plus side, sclerotherapy is quick and easy, taking only a few minutes to administer the injection, and the treatment doesn't require any recovery time.
As with sclerotherapy, the goal of laser treatment is to cause the vein to collapse and disappear. With this method, a laser is applied to the outside of the skin, which heats up the spider or varicose veins that lie close to the surface. Alternatively, there is also an endovenous laser treatment, wherein a thin catheter tube is passed through the vein, heating up the vein walls from the inside. This technique is often more effective for larger varicose veins or for veins that rest deep beneath the surface of the skin.
So between sclerotherapy and laser therapy, which method is more effective? Unfortunately, medical professionals are yet to reach a unanimous consensus. Laser therapy typically works well for veins just beneath the surface of the skin, but patients often require more than one treatment before the veins are eliminated. Similarly, patients who undergo sclerotherapy sometimes see a recurrence of symptoms. Endovenous laser treatment, on the other hand, often has a higher success rate, but it can lead to temporary pain and discoloration following treatment.
In short, the effectiveness of either option can vary widely from person to person. Some patients see success with sclerotherapy after a single treatment, while others don't. So if you're looking to get rid of unsightly spider or varicose veins, consult with your physician about your treatment options and figure out what method is the best for you.
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