Varicose Vein Treatment: Cosmetic Results and Procedures that Eliminate the Cause
If you’re like many people with varicose veins, you may dismiss your swollen legs and painful symptoms for a very long time. Perhaps you have resolved to live with the unsightly appearance of progressively twisted varicose veins and swelling. You put up with exhaustion from full, heavy, aching leg pain and cramps, and restless legs with strange sensations that keep you tossing and turning at night. Besides not wearing your favorite pair of shorts, you may find yourself opting out of activities you enjoy, either because of embarrassment or just not being able to stand on your feet. Even going to work may be an enormous challenge. As the quality of your life deteriorates, you probably come to realize that this disease of the superficial veins in your legs is much more serious than you once thought – a problem that you desperately want to go away.
The Disease Process behind Varicose Veins
All diseases of the veins in your legs including spider and varicose veins, begin when valves in the veins become incompetent, producing a reversal in vein blood flow and increasing blood pressure (venous hypertension) in the affected blood vessels. Veins dilate or become enlarged from an increased blood volume. When venous drainage and increased blood pressure occurs in the surface veins of the legs, the result is spider vein and varicose vein formation. Severe varicose vein disease is generally related to a problem in the Great Saphenous and Small Saphenous venous systems.
State-of-the-Art Varicose Vein Treatment
The treatment of varicose veins has evolved from debilitating and obsolete “vein stripping” procedures associated with a lengthy and painful recovery to comfortable Saphenous Laser and Radio Frequency Ablation procedures at VSA, performed in the office from a single needle stick. Both of these vein treatment procedures are easy, quick and comfortable through the use of local anesthesia. Patients resume walking immediately after their procedure and are back to normal activities within a few days to a week. Patient satisfaction is extremely high as the symptoms related to venous pathology are permanently eliminated.
Sclerotherapy is the injection of medication directly into an abnormal vein to make it close off. This procedure requires no anesthesia and leaves no scars.
Microphlebectomy, also a quick and painless procedure, offers an aesthetic solution for removing prominent varicose veins. It is performed through tiny needle punctures that virtually leave no scars. The combination of proven vein treatment procedures – radio frequency treatments, laser ablation and microphlebectomy – provide the most effective varicose vein treatment by both treating the disease and providing a cosmetic result.
What to Know about Most Vein Clinics
Physicians in specialties unrelated to vein treatment often provide aesthetic spider vein and varicose vein procedures as an added service in their practice. Aesthetic clinics staffed by vein doctors who lack training and equipment for venous disease treatment, do not diagnose or treat the underlying problem.Cosmetic treatments may temporarily eliminate your surface varicose veins but the problem will likely produce more veins in other parts of your legs. Cosmetic procedures do not eliminate symptoms associated with diseases of the veins. Since the procedures are cosmetic, there is usually no reimbursement by health insurance providers.
When you come to VSA for varicose vein treatment, we will also evaluate you for signs of venous disease. If present, your treatment is addressed before any cosmetic work is provided. This approach minimizes the risk of recurring spider veins and varicose veins. It can also prevent the occurrence of serious blood clots and leg ulcers. Should we find venous disease to be your problem, you may be entitled to insurance benefits for diagnosis and treatment.