Sclerotherapy or Microphlebectomy – What’s the Difference?

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When it comes to the treatment for varicose and spider veins, there are two popular methods used today: Sclerotherapy or Microphlebectomy. While both treatments boast beautiful results, the technique used for each is different.

There are a few factors to consider prior to treatment, and here we will break down the differences between Sclerotherapy or Microphlebectomy so you can decide for yourself which method is most ideal for you.

What is Sclerotherapy?

This technique for the treatment of varicose and spider veins is administered with strategic injections using a very fine needle. It is a safe and effective procedure that targets venous insufficiency and is performed by an experienced vein specialist.

This fast and effective method is a great choice for anyone who is looking for instant results. Reason being that once the needle is carefully injected into the skin, the sclerosant solution (mixed with lidocaine for pain) disrupts the inner lining of the veins and causes the treated veins to collapse. The solution is safely absorbed by the body, and patients will see immediate results post-treatment. It’s important to note that spider veins should disappear quickly, while varicose veins might need a series of treatments.

Despite the fact that a fine needle is used to administer treatment, patients report that the procedure itself is both painless and comfortable. For those who are afraid of needles, this might be reason enough to deter from this specific treatment method.

What is Microphlebectomy?

Also referred to as ambulatory phlebectomy, Microphlebectomy is another minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of varicose and spider veins. Microphlebectomy targets similar problems as sclerotherapy, but on a different scale than Sclerotherapy does.

Rather than treat with an injection, Microphlebectomy literally removes the veins through small incisions in the skin once the treatment area has been fully numbed with the help of local anesthesia. These incisions are typically 2 millimeters or less in length, and they will heal on their own without the need for stitches or risk of scarring.

The procedure generally runs approximately 30 minutes to an hour from start to finish, and patients report that they can resume all regular activities per usual in about a week’s time.

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

Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to rid yourself of embarrassing veins, the first course of action is to find a trusted and experienced vein specialist. With both treatment methods, an ultrasound is performed prior to the procedure to ensure proper and accurate treatment. Your vein specialist will know exactly where and what to treat and should reassure you of any question in which you may have regarding either procedure.

Both Sclerotherapy or Microphlebectomy are wonderful treatment options for varicose and spider veins, but the right option depends particularly on the patient’s desires and needs. Schedule a complimentary consultation today with our experienced vein specialist so you can develop a treatment plan that is uniquely tailored to your needs.

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