When you have varicose or spider veins, it may be difficult to get excited about a day at the beach or a new pair of shorts. Not only do these veins affect you personally, but they are also sometimes painful and can lead to other health problems. Non-surgical vein treatments are safe, affordable and convenient procedures that can address the issues caused by venous issues like spider veins or varicose veins. A Look at Varicose Veins Some common causes include the following: • Loss of vein elasticity due to aging • Hormone changes • High venous pressure • Genetics • Standing or sitting for long periods of time The Disadvantages of Surgical Vein Treatment Vein ligation and stripping used to be a common remedy for varicose veins. The procedure is invasive and has potential adverse effects. Now, there are alternative treatments that are safe, effective and comfortable ways to get rid of these veins without the need for surgery. Common Non-Surgical Vein Treatments There are several non-surgical methods of vein treatment, but some of the most commonly used are sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a special solution that causes the problem veins to close, shrivel up and fade away over time. Endovenous laser ablation uses laser energy to generate heat which seals problematic veins shut permanently. The veins eventually shrink, collapse and get absorbed by the body naturally. The Benefits of Non-Surgical Vein Treatments There are overwhelming advantages to treating varicose and spider veins without surgery. Some of the main benefits of non-surgical vein treatments include: • Less discomfort • Little or no recovery time • No need for general anesthesia nor sedation • Reduced risk of complications • Convenience If you are dealing with problematic spider or varicose veins, make an appointment at Rosen Vein Care in Northbrook. Dr. Rosen can recommend the treatment option that’s ideal for you. Don’t let varicose and spider veins keep you from the opportunity of feeling and looking better. If you’re in the Chicago area, contact our office today to schedule a consultation for non-surgical vein treatments.