What is Varithena® foam sclerotherapy?

The Tinsley Surgical team uses the latest advanced form of sclerotherapy from Varithena®, a foam that they inject into the affected veins. The foam seals off the vein so blood can’t flow through it, causing the vein to wither and eventually break down. There are plenty of other healthy veins for your blood to flow along, so losing a few doesn’t impair your circulation.

Foam sclerotherapy has several advantages. For starters, the foam doesn’t mix with your blood in your vein like a liquid sclerosant. Therefore, it works longer and is more effective than liquid sclerotherapy. Also, because of the foam’s thickness, the team at Tinsley Surgical can view your veins using ultrasound, which improves the treatment’s effectiveness.

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Risk factors for spider veins include:

  • Standing for long periods
  • Being overweight
  • Having relatives with spider veins
  • Being pregnant
  • Using birth control pills
  • Taking hormone replacement therapy
  • Going through menopause

In many cases, you can have laparoscopic surgery as an outpatient, going home the same day as your procedure.

Commonly asked questions about Varithena® foam sclerotherapy:

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are clusters of tiny red, blue, or purplish blood vessels visible on the skin’s surface. While not medically dangerous, spider veins are primarily a cosmetic concern. However, they can indicate an increased risk of developing varicose veins—larger, bulging veins in the legs that may cause discomfort.

Commonly found on the face and legs, spider veins can impact self-esteem. At Tinsley Surgical, our team offers effective treatments to eliminate spider veins and improve aesthetic appearance.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins are primarily caused by valve dysfunction in the veins. These veins play a crucial role in the circulatory system, as arteries carry oxygen-enriched blood away from the heart, while veins return used blood back to the heart. Valves in the veins ensure blood flows toward the heart and prevents it from flowing backward.

When these valves malfunction, blood can leak backward, leading to swelling and the visible appearance of veins under the skin. When this occurs in larger veins, it results in varicose veins, while in smaller blood vessels known as capillaries, it causes spider veins.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a prevalent issue, primarily affecting the legs but can occur elsewhere in the body. These veins become enlarged and visibly protrude through the skin, appearing as blue or purple lines and loops. With progression, they may twist and bulge outward.

While some individuals may have varicose veins without symptoms, many experience discomfort such as leg aching, discomfort, itching, or tenderness. In severe cases, varicose veins can lead to ulcers, causing open sores that are challenging to heal. Additionally, they can pose a risk of blood clot formation, potentially leading to thrombosis or pulmonary embolism if a clot dislodges and travels to the lungs.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins develop when the valves inside your veins stop working as they should. The valves are meant to keep blood flowing from your veins back to your heart. If they aren’t working correctly, blood can build up, trickling back up the vein and pooling, so the vein swells.

The more blood that pools in the veins, the more they swell and bulge, and the more likely they are to cause you discomfort.

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