Why Laser Vein Removal is Better than Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
Up to half of all adults in the United States suffer from vein problems at some point in their life. And when unsightly veins make an appearance on visible areas, such as the face or legs, it can frustrating and embarrassing.
Traditional vein treatments involve needles or even surgery – and can be expensive and painful. But modern laser treatments now eliminate unattractive spider veins virtually anywhere on the face or body – rapidly and without needles and without surgery.
Removing Spider Veins
Spider veins are those tiny red or blue squiggly lines typically found on the lower legs, ankles, and most embarrassingly on the face.
Both traditional sclerotherapy, and modern laser vein therapy, are procedures that irritate the veins in a way that causes the blood vessel to close and seal shut. In both cases the vein then breaks apart and the body absorbs and eliminates the dead vein tissue, through natural process.
The circulatory system then simply routes blood through other veins that are not visible on the surface.
However, sclerotherapy irritates and kills the veins by using a needle to inject a liquid “sclerosant” into each individual vein. Laser vein therapy, on the other hand, uses light energy to irritate the vein and cause its closure.
Why Laser Vein Removal is Better
Laser vein therapy is typically the preferred treatment option for spider veins on the face for a number of reasons. First, many people dislike needles – and there are NO injections involved with laser vein removal. Also, some patients can have an allergic reaction to the sclerosant chemical used in sclerotherapy.
Additionally, laser therapy can simultaneously treat patches of multiple visible tiny blood vessels (telangiectatic matting) at once, while sclerotherapy requires each individual vein to be injected with a needle.
Finally, laser vein removal is typically better for spider veins, because lasers can treat tiny veins that are impossible to inject with a needle because they are too small.
Is Sclerotherapy Ever Better than Laser Vein Removal?
Laser Vein removal may not be effective for treating patients with large, bulging, twisted varicose veins on the backs of their legs. In these cases sclerotherapy or even surgery may be necessary.
Additionally, sclerotherapy may be a better vein removal choice for some patients with darker skin who may be subject to discoloration from laser light energy wavelengths.
But for the vast majority of small, red and blue spider veins – especially on the face – laser vein removal is the cosmetic treatment preferred by patients and health care professionals alike.
Ann Arbor’s Best Laser Spider Vein Removal
If you hate those unsightly spider veins, schedule an appointment at our Ann Arbor Medical Spa and Dr. Platt will help you determine if laser vein removal is the right treatment for you.
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