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At The Vein and Laser Center of Northern Colorado, we offer four main vein treatments: EVLT, microphlebectomy, foam sclerotherapy, and spider sclerotherapy. We are a Top Rated Local® business, and our vein doctors are eager to help you improve both the appearance and the sensitivity of the veins on your legs.  

Each of these vein treatments serves a different purpose and offers you solutions in different ways. We recognize that it can be hard to understand what the different vein treatments do, so we hope you’ll use this page as a resource to grasp the differences. Don’t worry if you don’t fully understand everything, though. We offer free screenings at our vein clinic to help you determine which process would be best for you personally.

EVLT: Endovenous Laser Treatment

This procedure is most commonly used for varicose veins treatment. EVLT utilizes laser energy to target your tissue with extreme precision — you don’t need to worry about the laser affecting surrounding tissue. All of our vein doctors will ensure that this medical procedure is minimally invasive. Surgeries that use lasers, if done by a skilled physician, are less risky than conventional surgeries.


This vein treatment involves removing a large- or medium-sized varicose vein through a tiny incision in your leg. The incisions are very small and won’t affect the appearance of your leg after your operation is completed — stitches aren’t even required to close the incisions.

A local anesthetic is injected into the area that will be operated on, and then your vein doctor will use a small scalpel to puncture the skin next to the varicose vein, insert a small hook into the hole, grasp the vein, and remove it.

Foam Sclerotherapy

Sometimes you’ll have veins that are larger than spider veins but smaller than varicose veins, and they’ll need to be removed. When this is the case, foam sclerotherapy is a proven way to remove them. Your vein doctor will inject a solution (which resembles foam) into the larger vein. This foam will destroy the inside of the vein walls, cause them to stick together, and close.

Spider Sclerotherapy

This vein treatment is similar to foam sclerotherapy because a solution — called Sclerovein — is injected into spider veins. This solution is painless for you. However, it will irritate the inside walls of the spider veins and cause them to close.

It’s a highly effective spider vein treatment, but sometimes more than one treatment is required in order to achieve the results you want. Most patients will see a 50-90 percent improvement.

After all of these vein surgeries, you will be required to wear medical compression socks for varying amounts of time. You’ll also need to avoid taking baths, swimming, doing hot yoga, and other activities for varying amounts of time after your operation. Each of our vein doctors has unique medical expertise and perspectives to help you get your legs feeling and looking better. Feel free to call us for more information or to schedule your free screening! We work hard to meet the needs of people in Northern Colorado, and we’d be thrilled to help you.

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