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Sclerotherapy vs Laser Vein Therapy

4-300x281It’s estimated that half of the female population and a growing number of men have spider veins and mild varicose veins. Contributing factors are heredity, weight gain, pregnancy and hormonal changes, along with occupations that require long periods of sitting, standing and air travel.

Spider veins (telangiectasias) are tiny purple & red blood vessels found most commonly on the thigh or lower legs. Varicose veins differ from spider veins in a number of ways. Typically, varicose veins are larger, usually more than a quarter inch in diameter, darker in color, tend to bulge and can become quite painful.

Sclerotherapy is a well-proven medical procedure that has been around since the 1930’s and is available at Laser and Vein Center of North Jersey used to treat spider and varicose veins. The treatment involves an injection of a solution (sodium tetradecyl sulfate) into the vein. This solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing to scar tissue and fade away. You may return to regular activities immediately after treatment.

 

With Laser Sclerotherapy, Dr. Seaver will take a device that looks like a large pen with a wire attached and place the tip directly on the skin over the vein. He will then activate the laser several times along the length of the vein. You will hear a clicking sound as the laser fires and will feel a hot sensation. The laser effectively closes the vein so that blood can no longer flow through. This decreases or completely gets rid of superficial purple/red veins.

Sometimes Dr. Seaver will prefer the Laser Sclerotherapy to Sclerotherapy to treat superficial spider veins that are closer to the surface of the skin. For more severe problem veins, Dr. Seaver will often suggest sclerotherapy to receive optimal results.

Call Laser and Vein Center of North Jersey at 973.408.8346 or e-mail info@northjerseyveincenter.com

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