Varicose and Spider Veins
Varicose veins are the result of weak or damaged valves in the veins, causing blood to pool. These veins appear “ropey” and thick, twisting and turning beneath the skin, often causing a significant amount of pain. Risk factors include medical and hereditary history, increasing age, hormonal changes, pregnancy, obesity, immobility and sun exposure.
While spider veins are generally cosmetic in nature, they can do a lot of damage to a person’s self-image and can also be a sign of deeper vein disease. They appear as thin red or blue jagged lines, offering covering large areas of the legs and even face.
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Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) for Varicose Veins
EVLT is a non-surgical, minimally invasive outpatient procedure to significantly decrease the recurrence of varicose veins. Using ultrasound guidance, one of our subspecialized radiologists will close off the varicose vein, naturally rerouting blood to healthier veins. The laser has a 98% efficacy and patients report significant pain relief with lasting results – not to mention healthier looking legs and the procedure only takes about an hour.
Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
Charlotte Radiology offers both medical Sclerotherapy (performed by one of our subspecialized physicians) and cosmetic Sclerotherapy (performed by one of our registered nurses). Medical Sclerotherapy is generally covered by insurance, and is performed as a follow-up to EVLT to treat diseased superficial veins that are linked to previously treated varicose veins. Cosmetic Sclerotherapy is the purely cosmetic treatment of spider veins. In both cases, multiple treatment sessions are generally needed to achieve desired results.