Varicose Vein Treatment

Do you avoid wearing shorts or skirts due to the unsightly, bulging varicose veins in your legs? If so, you aren’t alone – it is estimated that nearly 60% of men and women have to deal with this condition. Keep reading if you want to know more about this problem, and what you can do to finally get rid of them.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are large, bulging veins that are caused by weakened valves or walls in the veins that carry blood from the legs back to the heart and lungs. For the most part, this condition is not dangerous, but it can lead to aching, burning, cramping, itching, swelling or even sores. While heredity is a major factor in causing varicose veins, those who lead a sedentary lifestyle, are overweight, or who stand for long periods can all develop the problem. Additionally, some pregnant women may have them.

The problem is caused by poor circulation in most people, which can often be helped with compression stockings, exercise, and losing weight. If these lifestyle changes aren’t effective, more invasive treatments are necessary to eliminate them.

Treatment Options  Varicose Vein Treatment process

Most people have their varicose veins treated to improve their appearance, help with any symptoms that may be present, or to avoid complications. This means that in many cases, your PPO insurance will cover the cost of treatment once other, non-invasive methods have not been successful. There are a variety of treatment options available, but the following are the most commonly used.

Sclerotherapy

This procedure involves a liquid being injected into the veins that need treatment. The liquid will cause the inside of the vein to become irritated and scarred, which will make it close up and fade away. This option typically requires multiple treatments, spaced out over four to six weeks. After treatment, you may have to wear compression stockings, or your doctor may wrap your legs in bandages to keep swelling to a minimum, and speed healing.

Laser Surgery

This is the least invasive option, but it is reserved for smaller varicose veins. A handheld laser is passed over the skin above the vein. The laser causes the blood to thicken, which will lead to the vein being absorbed into the body.

Microsclerotherapy

This treatment is similar to sclerotherapy, but is used for very small varicose veins. A smaller amount of liquid is injected to cause the vein to disappear.

Surgical Options

There are also surgical treatment options that are handled in a doctor’s office. These all require small cuts in the skin that may or may not require anesthesia:

>> Endovenous Ablation – Lasers are used through cuts in the skin to heat the veins so that they close.

>> Endoscopic Vein Surgery – A camera with a surgical device attached is run through cuts in the skin and inside the veins to close them. This option is typically used when the varicose veins cause ulcerations in the skin.

>> Ambulatory Phlebectomy – This procedure is used to remove smaller varicose veins through cuts in the skin.

>> Ligation and Stripping – This option is for only the most severe cases, and involves the veins being tied off and removed through cuts in the skin.

Most of these treatments allow you to return to work immediately.

We will work with you to determine the best approach to treatment so you can regain your confidence, and eliminate any discomfort you may be experiencing. If you are ready to have your varicose veins removed so you can have smoother skin, contact us today for a free consultation at 714-832-2222.

 

Spider Vein Treatment

If you have clusters of veins on your legs or face that appear reddish, purplish, or bluish, they are called spider veins. They get their name because they are close to the skin’s surface and look somewhat like a spider’s web. While most people associate this condition with older women, the truth is that they can appear at a young age, and they affect around 30% to 60% of both men and women. In some cases, they can be painful, or they are just bothersome due to their appearance.

Causes  spider vein treatment easily

Spider veins can appear due to an injury to the area, but there other factors, including:

>> Heredity – Spider veins typically run in families.

>> Age – As you age, the veins weaken and don’t pump the blood back up the legs as well.

>> Pregnancy and Menopause – Changes in hormones or the use of birth control can contribute to the appearance.

>> Sunlight – Those with light or fair skin often notice them on their cheeks after being out in the sun.

>> Prolonged Sitting or Standing – If spend several hours per day standing, or you often sit with your legs curled up underneath you, it can cause this issue.

>> Weight Fluctuations – If you are heavier, or you often lose weight and gain it back it can cause these veins.

No matter what the cause of your spider veins, you likely find them unsightly. If so, there are treatments available that can erase them so that your skin is once again smooth and unblemished.

Sclerotherapy

One of the most popular removal options is sclerotherapy, which is an injection that is given directly into the veins. This solution causes the vein to shrink and dry up, which causes them to slowly fade and disappear. Most people experience very little pain or discomfort during the treatment, but there may be some itching, burning, or discoloration afterwards.

Sclerotherapy is a great option for people that have larger spider veins, but if you are pregnant or have had blood clots in the past, you will need to try alternative methods. You should also expect to wear compression stockings after treatment for the best results, and to avoid bruising.

Laser Treatment

If you have smaller spider veins, or you are treating the ones on your face, laser treatment may be the better option. During this procedure, a handheld laser is passed over the veins, and it causes the blood to coagulate. When this happens, the affected veins dry up and get absorbed into the body. While the procedure itself causes little to no pain, the treated areas can become red, and some may even experience bruising. All of these effects typically go away in a few weeks.

Considerations

Both treatment options are safe, effective, and require no downtime, but there are some things you need to keep in mind. Both treatments typically require multiple sessions in order to remove all of the veins, and you will not see immediate results. This is due to the veins needing to dry up, which can take a bit of time. However, once the treatments are completed, the veins will disappear.

If you are seeking treatment for spider veins that are uncomfortable, your insurance may cover the procedure. During your initial free consultation, your doctor will be able to help you determine whether you can use your insurance for treatment. Spider veins are unsightly, and for some, they are even painful. If you are tired of keeping your legs covered, or wearing large amounts of concealer to hide your facial spider veins, contact us today for a free consultation at 714-832-2222.