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Spider Vein Treatment: Changing with Technology and the Times

Spider Vein Treatment: Changing with Technology and the Times

Posted by admin on Nov 28, 2012 9:23:19 AM

Have you considered treatment for spider veins but are worried about pain and downtime? Well, you are in luck. There are relatively painless ways to get rid of those unsightly blemishes without having to stay away from the gym or take time off work. With our cutting-edge treatments at Miller Vein, you are up walking and doing normal activities immediately.


What you should know about spider vein treatment

Spider veins are considered a cosmetic condition and treatments are not typically covered by insurance. There are exceptions, as some teachers have a special form of insurance that covers treatment. There are currently three different ways to treat spider veins:

  1. Sclerotherapy
  2. Thermocoagulation
  3. Superficial Laser

Let’s talk a little about each. Sclerotherapy has been around for more than 150 years! Sometimes it gets a bad rap because of its history. In the past, hypertonic saline was used which was notorious for causing leg cramps upon injection. Not only that, but operators usually made patients don all kinds of uncomfortable paraphernalia like stockings, bandages, cotton balls and wraps. We have done away with all of this and today we use much smaller needles, the medicine is far superior to that of yesteryear, and we have done away with all forms of wraps.

Thermocoagulation is the newest form of treatment for spider veins which utilizes a tiny, thread-like needle to deliver pulses of high-frequency energy to close down veins. The first thermocoagulation device to gain acceptance was VeinWave TM, which was invented in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, RefineUSA developed an improvement on this technique with VeinGogh®. These treatments are designed only for the tiniest of tiny thread-like veins, basically zapping them shut. Our experts at Miller Vein were the first in Michigan to use both VeinWave and VeinGogh.

Superficial lasers are also used in the treatment of spider veins. Our experts at Miller Vein are not big fans of these devices. Having trialed all the “latest and greatest lasers,” we can tell you first hand that these lasers hurt! Medical research to date has shown no benefit of laser over sclerotherapy. In fact, studies have found sclerotherapy outperforms laser but with much less pain.


Other things to consider

It typically takes several treatments to get rid of spider veins, with at least five weeks between treatments. Getting treated at intervals of less than four weeks offers no advantage; since veins need time to fade. Furthermore, once treated, your body will continue to produce new spider veins. Thus ongoing touchups will always be required. While this may sound like bad news, don’t despair. Treatment today is easy on your legs and also on your budget.

Interested in learning more? Our experts at Miller Vein are eager to speak with you and schedule a free consultation. We can be reached at 248-247-7800 or We’re also on the Web at, as well as Facebook and Twitter!

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