If you’ve considered having your spider or varicose veins treated, you may have read about sclerotherapy, laser vein removal or vein ablation. These are minimally invasive treatments for spider and varicose veins intended to collapse poor circulating veins and promote healthier circulation using your other healthy, natural veins.  

Treatments like cryo-sclerotherapy for spider veins and ablation eliminate the unhealthy portion of your veins without surgery. The varicose vein doctor will generally perform these procedures using local anesthetic within the comfort of an office or ambulatory care setting.  Without incisions, the procedure is minimally invasive with quick recovery and no down time.  You can drive in and drive out yourself from the procedure.

But do you need those veins?
To take a vein out of your circulatory system might sound severe but our bodies are wonderfully resilient. The varicose veins or spider veins are diseased and are no longer performing their job. In treating them, our body finds alternative pathways and uses healthy veins to carry blood. And don’t worry, you’ll never run out of healthy veins.

There are two major treatments for spider veins on the legs:

This approach uses visual inspection or ultrasound imaging technology to visualize the patient’s vascular system and target the desired spider veins for removal. After the patient’s veins are mapped, a vein specialist injects the varicose veins with the solution while the physician monitors the procedure in real-time to guide the placement of the syringe and target the correct vein.  Painless sclerotherapy can be accomplished with local anesthetic, external cooling (cryo-sclerotherapy) and physical stimuli at injection sites.  

Laser treatment:
Laser treatment for spider veins is primarily intended to treat surface, tiny veins that can be difficult to cannulate with a needle. While sclerotherapy can treat a wider range of spider and reticular veins, laser treatments for spider veins remain popular. 

Deciding which spider vein treatment NYC is right for you is done in consultation with a vein specialist.  Considerations include the evaluation for co-existing medical conditions, underlying venous insufficiency, insurance coverage, out of pocket costs, and treatment goals. The right vein specialist can help you navigate the different options and find the best fit for you.  


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