Laser and chemical ablation are generally considered to be the best options nowadays for treating varicose veins. Both are noninvasive techniques using new technology.
Once upon a time, the main treatment for varicose veins was surgical vein stripping, but this involved a much longer recovery period than either of the newer options.
Laser ablation uses intense heat to destroy the vein from within. The technique is called ‘endovenous laser ablation’ or ‘EVLA‘. Endovenous means inside the vein, laser is the instrument used and ablation refers to destroying the vein.
This technique is carried out under local anaesthetic and offers quick recovery, minimal scarring and excellent outcomes.
By contrast, chemical ablation uses an injectable substance instead of heat. This substance is called a ‘sclerosant’ and works to break down the vein from within. The treatment is known as ‘sclerotherapy‘ (for thread veins) or ‘foam sclerotherapy‘ (for varicose veins or larger thread veins).
This technique has minimal side-effects and like EVLA, offers quick recovery, minimal scarring and excellent outcomes.
Choosing the most appropriate treatment depends on the nature of the veins. EVLA is generally considered the newest solution, but in some cases, chemical treatment may be more appropriate or more cost effective.
Sometimes a combination of both approaches may be beneficial for optimum results.
Cosmedics’ London Vein Treatment Centre offers an exclusive combination treatment ‘Tumescent Foam Sclerotherapy‘, which combines encompasses laser treatment for larger varicose veins alongside foam sclerotherapy in one single procedure. This technique was developed by The London Vein Centre’s Vascular Surgeon, Mr Parameswaran Sridhar MBBS, FRCS.
The best way to understand which treatment is most appropriate is to have a consultation with a Vascular Surgeon, including a duplex scan to give full visibility on the vein functioning from within.
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