You may be relishing the fall season because you finally have the chance to hide unsightly, bulging varicose veins under long pants and skirts. However, keeping those swollen veins under wraps will not help to alleviate symptoms that could appear over time if the veins are left unchecked. Instead of hiding your veins this season, now is the perfect time to seek treatment with minimally-invasive options that will eliminate unattractive, uncomfortable vessels without a major disruption in your fall festivities.
Assessing the Problem
Before you can determine the best treatment for your specific needs, it is a good idea to have your veins evaluated by a vein specialist. Duplex ultrasound uses sound waves to produce an image of your vessels, so your doctor can determine how well blood is flowing through them. This non-invasive test can pinpoint the underlying cause of your varicose veins, as well as detect potential complications associated with your vein condition, such as blood clots.
Choosing Your Treatment
Once you have an accurate diagnosis of your vein condition, you can begin to discuss your treatment options. At Incredible Veins Skin & Body, we offer the following vein treatments:
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) – This procedure uses laser energy, delivered directly into the vein, to seal the vessel shut. The vein collapses and is reabsorbed by the body while blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby.
VNUS Closure – This procedure works in a similar fashion to EVLA but uses radiofrequency instead of laser energy. Like EVLA, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and patients are usually back to regular activities immediately following treatment.
Sclerotherapy – This injectable treatment delivers a solution known as a sclerosing agent directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing the vein to seal shut. Like other procedures, the vessel is eventually reabsorbed by the body, while blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy – Usually reserved for very large varicose veins, this procedure involves tiny incisions along the length of the vessel and a special tool to remove the vein from the leg in small sections. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and patients are typically back to their regular schedule the next day.
With many good treatment options to choose from today, you can find a procedure customized to your unique needs and desired outcome. To learn more about your choices in vein treatment, contact Incredible Veins Skin & Body at 818-446-2995.