When you first notice the formation of varicose veins, your first thought may be to get them treated. While you may be focused on their unsightly appearance or the pain associated with these ropy, discolored veins, what you may not know is that varicose veins are actually a sign of a potentially serious problem deep in your venous system. At Desert Aesthetic and Vein Centre, we provide our patients with several options for addressing both the cosmetic and physical health issues associated with venous insufficiency, including ClariVein, the latest innovation in minimally invasive varicose vein treatments.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are caused by venous disease or venous insufficiency, a condition in which your vein system is not working at an optimal level. In the case of varicose veins, the valves that keep your blood flowing on a one-way path to your heart have weakened and failed, allowing blood to flow backward and pool in your veins.
The result is an enlarged vein that bulges and protrudes, becoming visible on the surface of your skin. Besides being unsightly, varicose veins can cause discomfort, pain and swelling. While you may think that you’re one of just a few people who deal with the issue of varicose veins, the reality is that more than 50 percent of people suffer from venous insufficiency. It can affect both men and women of all ages and activity levels, and may be a result of a combination of factors, including genetics, lifestyle, environment and pregnancy.
Varicose Vein Treatments
In the past, treating varicose veins could be a painful procedure that required significant downtime for recovery. However, as techniques and technologies have evolved, there are now several virtually painless ways to eliminate varicose veins with a minimum of downtime, if any. At Desert Aesthetic and Vein Centre, we offer a variety of minimally invasive choices for varicose vein treatment, including:
- Laser sclerotherapy – a laser is aimed at the varicose vein, closing it off
- Endovenous laser ablation – uses laser energy to heat and collapse the wall of the vein
- Radiofrequency (RF) ablation – uses radiofrequency energy to heat and collapse the vein
Each of the above treatments requires little to no anesthesia (though a topical agent may be used to ensure your comfort during the procedure), and no downtime for recovery. The treated veins will be processed and eliminated by your body, with the blood flow rerouted naturally to healthy veins.
ClariVein Treatments at Desert Aesthetic and Vein Centre
ClariVein is a minimally invasive deep vein and varicose vein treatment that combines mechanical action with sclerosant infusion to safely collapse and eliminate problem veins. The procedure is performed right in our office, and unlike other minimally invasive vein treatments, ClariVein does not require numbing or the use of anesthesia, further lowering the risk of complications. One of the primary advantages of ClariVein is the fact that, unlike other minimally invasive vein procedures, it can be used to treat varicose veins in the calves. Other laser and thermal energy treatments carry the risk of damaging the nerves in the lower leg, and therefore cannot be used to treat the calves. ClariVein is safe for use on your whole leg, allowing you to address all of your varicose veins, no matter the location.
Another advantage to ClariVein is the fact that the needle used in the treatment is nearly three times smaller than the needles used in other procedures. A small puncture wound (about the size of a pin) is created to allow insertion of a catheter into the targeted vein. Ultrasound imaging is used to assist in guiding the catheter through the vein, allowing for the most accurate and precise treatment possible. The catheter is equipped with a rotating wire tip that spins gently but rapidly inside the vein, stimulating the vein to spasm and contract.
The injected sclerosant causes the cells of the vein’s innermost lumen to die and slough off, ultimately causing the vein to collapse. Once the vein has been successfully treated, Dr. Fisher will remove the catheter from the vein, then move your foot around approximately 20 times so as to discourage the sclerosant from accumulating in the deep veins. The entry point in the skin is small enough to heal without using stitches or leaving behind scarring.
The ClariVein procedure is quicker than other treatments, lasting less than 15 minutes. After the procedure, patients are allowed to walk around immediately and in fact, are advised to walk for ten minutes in our lobby in order to prevent any accumulation of sclerosant in the lower extremities, which can cause a blood clot in the deep veins.
Side effects are minor and may include mild soreness, tingling and skin staining, which can be treated with a laser. ClariVein offers no risk of thermal nerve injury and much less pain than similar vein treatments, often making it the preferred option for patients interested in a safer, faster and more painless varicose vein treatment method.
If you suffer from varicose veins, and are looking for an effective, minimally invasive way to treat them, ClariVein may be the answer. To schedule a consultation and discover if ClariVein is right for you, call Desert Aesthetic and Vein Centre today at 760-344-1101.