Sclerotherapy and phlebectomy are two of the most innovative vein removal methods for treating leg veins. While both vein treatments provide fantastic outcomes, they are entirely distinct procedures, and your doctor can evaluate which therapy is best for you.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a cutting-edge, non-surgical vein treatment that is highly safe and successful in treating spider and varicose veins in the hands and legs. It involves injecting a sclerosing substance into the hand or leg's feeder vein. Smaller veins break apart and become apparent due to the feeder vein. When injected into the feeder vein, the sclerosing agent rips away the undesired vein's inner lining, allowing the body to absorb it. Patients notice instant effects after their therapy session, and the drug continues to function for the next two months.

What is Phlebectomy?

When big and bulging varicose veins wider than a finger begin to form on the legs, a phlebectomy is indicated as the best treatment option. A phlebectomy, also known as an ambulatory phlebectomy, is a minimally invasive surgery that removes big varicose veins from the legs surgically. Your doctor will inject an anesthetic, create incredibly small incisions close to the varicose veins, and then remove these veins from the leg. To achieve the best results, your doctor may also use Sclerotherapy or the CoolTouch CTEV laser during a phlebectomy. This process has minimal downtime, and patients can experience substantially smoother, younger-looking skin within a few weeks!

Which Is the Better Procedure?

Sclerotherapy and phlebectomy are both practical and safe treatments for venous insufficiency, but they are not always the best option for every patient. Sclerotherapy is an excellent treatment for unattractive spider vein clusters and smaller varicose veins. If you want quick and painless surgery and only have modest venous insufficiency, you might be a good candidate for sclerotherapy.

Phlebectomy addresses issues comparable to sclerotherapy, although on a smaller scale. The operation directly removes the veins and is not intended to be utilized for lesser, more cosmetic vein concerns, as sclerotherapy can be. Patients with prominent, twisted varicose veins the diameter of a finger are usually good candidates for this minimally invasive therapy. Microphlebectomy is also more intrusive and may necessitate more downtime and recuperation time than sclerotherapy.

Other varicose vein treatment options

Varicose vein treatment aims to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. For some, the goal may be to look better. The first line of treatment is usually at home.

Laser treatment.

Varicose veins are scarred and destroyed using laser energy. This is known as ablation.

  • Simple laser therapy treats tiny veins, such as spider veins near the skin. Outside of your skin, the laser is employed.
  • Endovenous laser therapy involves inserting a laser fiber into a vein. Inside the vein, laser ablation causes the vein to close up.

Ligation and stripping.

Over the varicose vein, cuts (incisions) are made, and the vein is tied off (ligated) and removed (stripped).

Radiofrequency treatment.

Radiofrequency energy is utilized to scar and block up a vein. It is capable of sealing off a big varicose vein in the leg.

Allow an Experienced Vein Specialist to Lend Their Expertise to Meet Your Vein Needs

When you've determined you're ready to eliminate those unsightly veins, the first step is to identify a reputable and skilled vein expert. Before either treatment approach, an ultrasound is performed to guarantee proper and correct treatment. Your vein specialist will know precisely where and what to treat and should be able to answer any questions you may have about either therapy.

Sclerotherapy and micro phlebectomy are excellent treatments for varicose and spider veins; however, the best approach depends on the patient's preferences and needs. Schedule a free appointment with a vein specialist to design a treatment plan specifically tailored to your requirements.