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Carolina Vein Institute

Varicose Vein Specialists & Aesthetic Injectors located in Chapel Hill, NC & Raleigh, NC

Visible leg veins can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Over time, they can even cause pain and heaviness in your legs. At Carolina Vein Institute in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Apex, North Carolina, board-certified varicose vein specialists Ashley Baquero, MD, Luan Tran, MD, and their experienced team use Varithena™ foam injections to improve blood flow in your legs while reducing the appearance of bulging veins. Call Carolina Vein Institute today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Varithena Q & A

What is Varithena?

Varithena is an injectable foam that can improve the symptoms of several vein problems, including superficial venous incompetence and the visible varicosities of the great saphenous vein, a long vein that runs from the foot to the top of the thigh.

It is the only foam treatment FDA-approved to treat the appearance and discomfort of swollen varicose veins.

What can Varithena treat?

Varithena treats several leg vein disorders, including:

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are large, swollen veins that typically develop in older adults. They’re extremely visible and can even twist and bulge as they form on the surface of your skin over time. Varicose veins aren’t just unsightly; they can also be uncomfortable. Without healthy blood flow through your legs, varicose veins can cause pain, cramping, and heaviness in your legs.

Superficial venous incompetence

Superficial venous incompetence is a condition that occurs when there is a decrease in blood flow from your legs back to your heart. Without this healthy blood flow, blood begins to collect in your legs, increasing your risk of spider veins, reticular veins, and even varicose veins.

Visible great saphenous vein (GSV)

The great saphenous vein is the longest vein in your body. It stretches from the very top of your thigh down to your foot. Normally, you can’t see this vein at all. High pressure in the vein and blood flow reversal, however, can cause the GSV to bulge and swell.

How does Varithena work?

When you arrive for your treatment, your vein specialist injects Varithena directly into your affected vein. Unlike surgical stripping of the vein, Varithena requires no incisions, resulting in less pain and recovery time.

Once injected, the microfoam irritates and disrupts blood flow in the affected vein, causing it to collapse without a constant supply of blood. Because blood can no longer flow into the vein, it reroutes to healthier veins nearby.

The treatment can significantly improve the appearance and symptoms of large, bulging veins.

How many Varithena treatments will I need?

For superficial veins, such as spider veins, you may only need a single treatment to see noticeable results. However, if you have very large varicose veins, you may need several Varithena treatments to achieve lasting relief.

Each Varithena treatment must be spaced out by at least five days to avoid side effects, such as bruising and discomfort. You can support your recovery by wearing compression socks for at least two weeks while your body heals.

Varithena is a safe, effective alternative to surgically stripping problematic veins. To learn more, call Carolina Vein Institute or schedule an appointment online today.