A number of factors contribute to varicose veins of which genetics, how much time you spend on your feet and sadly, just aging play their part. It is estimated that nearly half of all women over 50 have varicose veins and many see them even younger. While not life threatening, varicose veins can be embarrassing, causing women to hide their legs at all costs. Previous treatments included Sclerotherapy but new treatments are now available: laser therapy, as seen on The Doctors and a new type of injection that is pain-free!
Created by AngioDynamics, the minimally invasive laser therapy, VenaCure EVLT System uses the NeverTouch laser fiber to precisely deliver enough energy to collapse the wall of the varicose vein. Surface appearance and circulation is greatly improved after blood is diverted to nearby functioning veins. The procedure is performed without general anesthesia and pain in minimal.
The design of the NeverTouch laser fiber ensures patient safety. The end of the fiber is encased in a gold tip or jacket to act as a buffer between the laser fiber and vein walls, thus protecting the patient from accidental perforation while increasing visibility of the tip on ultrasound. Furthermore, the end of the NeverTouch fiber is covered with a ferrule, which is a glass tube, to diffuse the energy released, helping to seal the vein as intended.
Other new technology to treat varicose veins and spider veins include the recently FDA-approved injection, Asclera. A bit more traditional, as it is still considered Sclerotherapy, the new science is the injection solution itself. Unlike previous saline solutions that were injected into the spider vein, Asclera is pain-free. Injected directly into the vein, Asclera damages the cell lining of the vein and causes it to close, thus permanently erasing the vein.