The Difference Between Laser Vein Treatment and Sclerotherapy

At Aura Skin Spa in San Francisco, CA, patients in the community of San Francisco, CA can address a number of skin, hair, nails, and body concerns. One common issue that is addressed with a dermatologist is that of spider veins and varicose veins. These veins can become extremely troublesome, as well as aesthetically displeasing. When patients visit Dr. Anthony Waechter to discuss treatment, they are introduced to two methods: laser vein treatment and sclerotherapy.

Two types of treatment

Patients often ask about the two varieties of treatments available to determine which is best for them:

  • Sclerotherapy – sclerotherapy is a more conventional method of treating spider and varicose veins. Dr. Anthony Waechter injects a sclerosing gel directly into the veins, causing them to close up. The blood in these veins is redirected to other healthier veins in the leg while the diseased vein is naturally absorbed by the body over several weeks. This method of treatment has been around for many years and provides effective and consistent results.
  • Laser vein treatment – another method is that of laser vein treatment. Laser vein treatment eliminates the need for injections, and instead treats the problematic vein with laser light. The laser light breaks down the vein and allows the body to absorb it in the same way traditional sclerotherapy does. This treatment is less invasive, though may require several treatment session to obtain desired results.

Which is best for me?

There are many factors to consider when patients are choosing between sclerotherapy and laser vein treatment. The best way to determine which is best for you is to consult with a doctor at Aura Skin Spa to find out if you are a proper candidate. Then, our doctor will educate patients to help them in making a knowledgeable decision in regards to the most appropriate option.

Are you ready to learn more about laser vein treatment vs. traditional sclerotherapy?

Contact Dr. Anthony Waechter of San Francisco, CA today at Aura Skin Spa. By calling (415) 788-3800, you can book your visit at 118 Columbus Avenue and find out which solution is best for your spider and varicose veins. Our practice is always welcoming new patients seeking quality care.

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