What is a varicose vein?
The word "varicose" refers to a vein that is unnaturally and permanently distended. Vein walls or valves near the skin's surface can become damaged due to natural stretching or weakening caused by blood pressure inside the veins. Varicose veins often appear blue, bulging, and twisted. In some cases, they may even be raised or prominent.
What is a spider vein?
Spider veins, so-called because they resemble a spider or spider's web, are a mild variation of varicose veins. Tiny blood vessels near the skin's surface may become permanently dilated because of the pressure of blood inside leg veins.
How are unsightly veins treated?
A range of leading-edge minimally invasive and vascular surgical treatment options are available. These include:
Laser Vein Ablation (LVA)
LVA is the most advanced, reliable, and cosmetically attractive treatment for varicose veins. This procedure also offers the greatest success rate and durability. LVA is performed as an office procedure. The patient can resume normal activity shortly afterwards.
A minimally-invasive treatment, LVA uses a targeted laser to eliminate unsightly veins. The laser seals the faulty great saphenous vein, ceasing blood flow and shrinking the varicose veins. Overall appearance is improved and symptoms are relieved.