Veins

Varicose Vein Treatment

No matter how well shaped your legs are, just a single varicose vein or unsightly spider vein can ruin the overall look.

There are two types of problem veins — varicose and spider. While more common in women, men are prone to this condition as well. These types of veins develop due to many factors including:

• Heredity
• Pregnancy
• Obesity
• Hormonal changes
• Sedentary lifestyle

Varicose veins are caused when veins do not properly return blood from the lower legs to the heart, due to malfunctioning valves. When the valves malfunction, blood flows in the wrong direction, pooling in the leg veins and causes the bulging leg veins.

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In addition to being unattractive, they can also be a source of pain, cramping and a feeling of heaviness in the legs. Severe cases of varicose veins can lead to blood clots and other serious conditions.

There are several treatment options for varicose veins including compression stockings and exercise. More aggressive treatment options include sclerotherapy, laser ablation, and ambulatory phlebectomy.

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Endovenous Laser Ablation

vein3This is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia. A thin catheter is inserted into the vein via a small puncture near the knee. A laser light is then inserted through the catheter and the laser energy seals the faulty vein to cut off blood flow. The vein will subsequently be dissolved into the body.

Benefits of Endovenous Laser Ablation:

• Minimal discomfort
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• Only minor bruising, soreness or swelling
• High success rate

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

This minimally invasive surgical technique removes the larger surface of varicose veins and is often done in conjunction with endovenous laser ablation.
Under local anesthesia, tiny punctures are made through which the veins are removed.
Small sutures close the punctures, with minimal scaring.

Ultrasound Guided Sclerothery

This procedure is used to treat varicose veins that may not respond to traditional sclerotherapy. It is also used to treat small varicosities that may remain after treatment with endovenous laser or ambulatory phlebectomy.

During this procedure, a patient will lay flat while an image is viewed on an ultrasound screen. A tiny needle is then guided into the center of the vein and injected with sclerosing solution that will seal the vein.

Spider Vein Treatments

veinleg1When treating spider veins, sclerotherapy is usually used, however, multiple treatments are usually required because these are the most difficult types of veins to treat.

Varicose veins are a chronic condition and may require on-going maintenance and treatment. You can discuss any of these procedures and which ones may be right for you during a consultation with the practitioners at the Skin & Vein Center.

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