Spider veins are often considered to be optically disturbing. In fact, they are more than that: for these small but enlarged surface veins are often evidence of a beginning venous disease that should be identified and treated at an early stage. Varicose veins do not develop where they are discovered for the first time, but in the deeper vein system. Before treating varicose veins weakness of the stem vein should be excluded. This occurs via ultrasound imaging in our office.
Spider veins as well as larger vessels that, in most cases, have a twisted course in the leg, can be treated by means of sclerotherapy. With microfoam sclerotherapy polidocanol (Aethoxysklerol®) is used. It is foamed alcohol that is injected into the spider veins through extremely tiny mini-needles. This procedure has – contrary to liquid medicine – a decisive advantage: the blood in the spider veins is optimally pushed out of the way, the reaction with the inner walls of the veins is prolonged and the effect of obliteration is supported. Even small spider veins can be treated permanently in this way.
Aethoxysklerol® is a sclerosant solution that is not only the best known, but also the best researched one. There is no comparable scientific evidence for any other sclerosing agent. Up to now about 500 studies on sclerotherapy with Aethoxysklerol® have been published. The injection system EasyFoam®Kit can produce a viscous and stable sclerosing foam consisting of very small bubbles. The microfoam is even more effective than the liquid sclerosant solution. This is one of the reasons why foam sclerotherapy has gained worldwide acceptance for treating varicose veins.