Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center is proud to offer all of the latest treatments in the battle against Varicose Veins. Varithena is an effective, FDA approved non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins that has achieved remarkably good results for patients all over the world.
How Does Varithena Work?
Varithena is an injection based treatment in which a small amount of proprietary microfoam is injected into the diseased vein. The foam causes the varicose vein to close, and blood is diverted to healthier veins in the affected area. The procedure is repeated as many times as necessary to treat each varicose vein.
Varithena treatments are performed without need for anesthetic. Unlike thermal ablation, multiple deep anesthetic injections are not required, and the procedure takes less than an hour. The injection is similar to getting a blood test or flu/immunization shots.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
Numerous studies have shown that most patients experience significant improvement in the physical symptoms of varicose veins, including discomfort, swelling/throbbing, and itching. Most patients also experience a significant aesthetic improvement in terms of reducing or eliminating the appearance of varicose veins.
Who is Varithena for?
Varithena is usually most effective in cases where varicose veins form in the vein system known as the great saphenous vein (GSV) – one of the most common areas for varicose veins to form. It is often used in cases where veins are tortuous (twisted), above or below the knee, or which may be previously treated by other means.
People who have problems with clotting in their blood vessels or who are allergic to polidocanol (the active ingredient in Varithena) should not have the treatment.
Is There any Downtime Associated with Varithena?
Since the treatment is non-surgical and only uses topical anesthesia, most normal activities can continue on the day of the procedure. The exception is that intense exercise should be delayed for a minimum of one week to allow complete sealing. Nevertheless, it is important that patients take certain steps following the procedure as advised by their physician. These will typically include bandages and compression hosiery.
What about Side-Effects?
Most side effects are minor and short-lived, such as bruising at the site of the injection and short-term discomfort in the legs. There is a minor risk of blood clots. Your physician will provide more complete information on what to watch for following a procedure.
To find out whether Varithena or some other treatment option is best for you, you need to schedule an initial consultation with a Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center physician. To get started, please call us at the number on this page or reach out via e-mail through our contact page.