Unsightly or uncomfortable veins affect millions of women and men across the country. While women are generally more susceptible than men, both genders have to deal with the pain and frustration of vein problems. At the Renaissance Laser & Vein Institute we offer our patients several options for eliminating unwanted veins.
Varicosities of lower extremities are bulging, twisting, large veins that usually form as a result of faulty valves in certain veins of thighs and legs. This is a common condition that affects 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men in the United States. While hereditary factors are most influential in the development of varicose veins, pregnancy, trauma to the lower extremities and prolonged sitting or standing can often worsen the condition.
What are the symptoms?
Although many patients desire treatment for their varicose veins because of their appearance, most do so because of their physical symptoms. These include fatigability, restlessness, heaviness, night cramps, and above all a sensation of nagging aching pain. Symptoms are typically worsened by prolonged standing or sitting and premenstrual cycles. If left untreated, swelling, skin pigmentation, and eventually ulceration of the legs and ankles can develop with time.
What are the treatment options for varicose veins?
Traditionally, vein stripping, a surgical procedure utilizing multiple incisions and causing considerable pain and discomfort, has been used to treat this condition. In our center we use a variety of minimally invasive procedures utilizing either laser, or radiofrequency energy as well as mechnicochemical techniques to eliminate the unsightly varicose veins. Treatment plans and the techniques used is tailored to the patient’s individual needs and condition. All of these techniques do not involve any cuts or incisions. A catheter is inserted into the culprit vein through a hollow needle. The treatment is then completed with local anesthesia, and application of laser, radiofrequency energy or mechanicochemical ablative technique to obliterate the vein. The procedure is done at our center and usually takes less than an hour. You can resume normal activities immediately. Treatments are highly effective, approaching a 98 percent success rate. Treatments are also exceptionally safe and free of side effects and complications. Any symptom related to the varicosities is completely resolved within a couple of months. In most cases, significant if not total regression of the large veins occurs within one to two months.
Am I a good candidate?
The best way to find out if our treatment options will help you with your varicose veins is to visit and have a consultation with Dr. Zadeh. Suitability for the procedure is confirmed by a thorough ultrasound examination of the lower extremities. In most cases the procedure is covered by insurance. Contact Dr. Zadeh at the Renaissance Laser & Vein Institute today to find out if our minimally invasive treatments are right for you.
Spider Veins and Reticular Veins
Spider veins are tiny pink or purple vessels visible within the skin of lower extremities. Reticular veins are larger (4-5 millimeter) blue tinged networked veins in the same region. These are the veins from which spider veins arise, and hence sometimes they are referred to as “feeder veins”. Both are brought about by female hormonal influences and aggravated by pregnancy, prolonged standing, and trauma to the lower extremities. While rarely symptomatic, spider and reticular veins are usually an aesthetic nuisance.
How are spider veins treated?
Spider vein treatment of the lower extremities and face are effectively treated with our state of the art lasers. A variety of other unsightly vascular lesions such as fine facial veins and cherry spots are also treated in this fashion. Other sophisticated techniques such as ultrasound guided sclerotherapy are reserved for the larger reticular veins. If you suffer from both varicose and spider veins, it is necessary to treat varicosity first, as spider veins will most likely return if varicose veins remain.
Contact Renaissance Laser & Vein Institute today if you’d like to finally do something about your unwanted veins.
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