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Understanding your treatment options

If you’re having a problem with veins on any part of your body, it’s good to do some research first to understand the conditions, as well as the treatment options available to you.

What is your condition?
There are various different manifestations that a problematic vein can take, and each will have different side effects for different people. There are two main types of vein problem that lead people to seek treatment however.
Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large veins often found on the legs. Varicose veins are large, unsightly veins that protrude outward above the surface of the skin. These veins can often appear twisted, and tenderness or pain associated with them is not uncommon.

Spider Veins
Spider veins are much smaller than varicose veins. They usually take a red or blue colour, and resemble the many tiny roots of a small plant, or the web of a spider where they get their name.

Do you need treatment?
If you are experiencing any adverse side-effects as a result of your vein then this could be a sign of a problem that might develop further, plus treatments are simple and easy, and so it is recommended that you seek treatment if you experience: pain, cramping, discolouration, itching, and rashing.

Available treatments
Radiofrequency Ablation – Using heat to destroy the damaged vein. Blood is directed to healthy veins; the damaged vein is sealed and blood is redirected through healthy vascular system.

Sclerotherapy – A sclerosant solution is injected into the damaged vein, causing it to reduce in size and re-absorb into the bloodstream.

Microphlebectomy – This procedure makes several very small incisions through which the vein is removed. Dr. Lee makes tiny incisions (less than 1 mm- 2mm) scarring is minimal if at all, and normally heals and resolves in weeks.

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