What is Reticular Veins?
Reticular veins are the green veins that are larger than spider veins but smaller than varicose veins. They are usually located on the lateral part of the thigh and legs are are frequently the feeding veins of large clusters of spider veins. These veins do not protrude from the surface of the skin and often need to be illuminated with special lights. If these veins are left untreatedspider therapy will usually be ineffective.
Two Reticular Veins Treatments
Treatment of these veins can usually be divided into two methods: injection with a scleroscent solution or removal through very tiny incisions using a technique called microphlebectomy.
Injection with a scleroscent
The scleroscent is directly injected into the vein as a liquid or foam. Generally, the liquid is a less dilute is the solution and will reduce the risk of possible skin complications which includes staining, hyper pigmentation and necrosis, but will require more treatment sessions. The results will also depend on the diameter of the veins.
Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure which is performed using local anesthesia and tiny incisions that are essentially punctures. The veins are then removed using a small hook and pulling the vein out in sections through the small punctures in the skin. There is usually either minimal or no bleeding and the incisions do not require stitches to close only a steri-strip. The leg is then wrapped for 48 hours and then the patient can remove the wrapping and use a compression stocking. There is no downtime and patients can usually resume their normal activities immediately. There are minimal risks especially to the skin. There is usually minimal or no scarring with an immediate excellent clinical and cosmetic result.
Your Reticular Veins Treatment Choices, Hudson Valley, New York
The choice which procedure to use will usually be based on the size of the veins and experience of the treating phlebologist. My current preference is to perform a microphlebectomy to treat these veins, especially when the reticular veins are larger and more prominent.
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