Choosing Between Laser Therapy and Sclerotherapy

Are you ready to get rid of spider veins once and for all? You should know about two treatment options, both of which can work wonders on spider veins, but they come with different advantages and drawbacks. 

In the end, your decision should come down to personal needs and wants discovered through thorough consultation with a vein specialist, but for now, Dr. Leroy Charles of Women's Pavilion of the Palm Beaches provides this breakdown of sclerotherapy and laser therapy for spider veins. 

Laser therapy vs. Sclerotherapy: How they work

Sclerotherapy is the traditional and longstanding treatment for spider veins. This procedure involves locating damaged veins in your treatment area and injecting a sclerosing solution into your spider veins. 

The solution irritates your blood vessels and causes them to swell, which cuts off the flow of blood and other fluids through that vein. Then, the blood vessel shrinks and dissipates from the lack of use. 

Laser therapy for spider veins involves the use of a handheld laser device. Your doctor positions the laser over your treatment area, and the laser emits photons into your skin. 

Your blood absorbs these photons, and the resulting chemical reaction generates heat. Your blood vessels can’t survive the heat, so they become damaged and shrink over time. 

Benefits of sclerotherapy

The primary benefit to sclerotherapy over laser therapy is that sclerotherapy is backed by a more robust body of scientific evidence proving it works. Doctors have been performing sclerotherapy with success for decades, whereas laser therapy is a newer treatment option. 

According to some research, sclerotherapy provides more noticeable benefits with fewer treatments compared with laser therapy for spider veins. Other research indicates that sclerotherapy is the most cost-effective option for treating spider veins.

Benefits of laser therapy

The main benefit to laser therapy is that it’s 100% noninvasive. With laser therapy, there’s no puncturing of the skin in any way, shape, or form — energy from the laser is applied to your skin, and you feel a bit of warmth or tingling, but that’s about it. 

Choose laser therapy if … 

Laser therapy may be your choice if you want or need a completely noninvasive treatment option for spider veins. 

Other reasons to choose laser therapy include: 

Choose sclerotherapy if … 

Sclerotherapy could be right for you if you have larger or deeper spider veins that require more intense treatment to resolve. 

Other reasons to choose sclerotherapy over laser therapy include: 

Ultimately, it’s up to you and Dr. Charles to weigh the pros and cons of each spider vein treatment and come to a conclusion that gives you confidence. 

To discuss your treatment options for spider veins, visit Dr. Charles at our Greenacres, Florida, office. Call 561-264-2055 or book your appointment online. You can also send a message to Dr. Charles and the team here on the website.

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