Does EVLT work to prevent future spider veins?
Doctor Answers 4
EVLT and spider veins - or Varithena for chemical ablation of saphenous veins (Buffalo, NY)
Varithena is another option to chemically ablate saphenous veins for saphenofemoral venous reflux.
Varithena was approved by the FDA 3 weeks ago as of this update (November 10, 2014) - it shows only 80% success in closing saphenous veins - versus > 95% for the gold standard ablation techniques such VNUS Closure and EVLT (98%). This is still considered a promising technique with no long term outcome studies other than FDA trials.
Have a question? Ask a doctor
Endovenous LASER therapy and spider vein prevention
Does EVLT Work for Preventing Future Veins
With that said, the condition that causes spider veins and varicose veins is not being "cured". Rather you are getting better and trying to maintain your current situation. You will see deterioration of the vascular system again as you age and this can lead to more varicose or spider veins.
If the vessels are small (spider veins) you have options like sclerotherapy and (external) laser treatments. Good luck.
You might also like...
EVLT closes refluxing venous valves.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.