If you are suffering from unsightly spider veins, varicose veins and/or a more serious leg vein disorder that is causing pain, aches, heaviness, restless legs, or burning and itching skin, here at NeoSculpt Laser Vein and Cosmetic Surgery Center we have a solution that’s right for you!
We specialize in helping patients who may be suffering from leg vein disorders by providing them with many different treatment options depending on the severity of their case. Our main goal is to relieve our patients of the physical and psychological pain involved with these disorders, and to get them the results that they need for a better quality of life.
Overview: Varicose Veins & Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
Over 30 million Americans suffer from varicose veins and an even more serious form of venous disease called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), however, only 1.9 million will seek treatment each year. If the disease is left untreated, refluxing varicose veins can progress to become CVI with symptoms that worsen over time and decrease quality of life. Fortunately, diagnosing and treating this preventable disease early can halt its progression.
Understanding the Condition
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins, mainly due to increased pressure. Varicose veins can be blue, red, or flesh colored and commonly occur on the legs, though they can be found on other areas of the body. They are often raised above the skin on legs and look like twisted, bulging cords. They can also be associated with pain, aches, heaviness, restless legs, or burning and itching skin. The treatment for this disorder is most commonly ablation of the vein. Dr. Patel will help you by determining which option is best for you.
What is Venous Reflux?
What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a progressive medical condition that worsens over time. As varicose veins progress to become CVI, other painful symptoms like leg swelling, skin damage and ulcers may occur. There are a number of factors that contribute to varicose veins and CVI, including pregnancy and heredity.
Your treatment may differ depending on your individual condition, disorder and the severity of your case. Some options include:
Minimally Invasive Treatments
Today, there are a number of minimally invasive treatment options that are covered by many insurance plans. While treatments like compression stockings are often first prescribed to manage symptoms, there are a variety of treatments that may actually treat the diseased veins that cause varicose veins, improve your quality of life and potentially halt the progression of CVI.
Endovenous Thermal Ablation
Endovenous thermal ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that involves the insertion of a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into a diseased vein and uses heat to seal it shut. Blood that would normally return toward the heart through these veins will then travel through other veins instead. Over time the treated vein shrinks and is absorbed by the body. Compared with surgical options like vein stripping, endovenous thermal ablation results in less pain and quicker average recovery time. Here at NeoScuplt we proudly offer two methods of thermal ablation for your convenience.
Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy
The Venefit™ procedure, formerly known as the VNUS Closure™ procedure, for the treatment of varicose veins and CVI. The Venefit™ procedure is a minimally invasive segmental ablation treatment that utilizes radio frequency (RF) energy to provide an even and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood will re-route itself to other healthy veins.
Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy (EVLT)
We also offer thermal ablation using laser energy, where a laser fiber is inserted into the vein and is used to seal the diseased varicose veins that have shown to have significant reflux.
Both the RF and EVLT treatments allow for a quick, comfortable recovery and a return to everyday activities for the average patient, while also improving the appearance of varicose veins.
Foam Sclerotherapy and Microphlebectomy
In addition to laser treatment, some patients with residual varicose veins may require either Foam Sclerotherapy or Micropphlebectomy to treat the remaining bulging varicose veins. Both procedures are completed in the comfort of our office, with ultrasound guidance and the use of numbing medicine.
Microphlebectomy refers to removal of the actual vein. Using ultrasound guidance precise sections of the vein are located, tiny incisions are made and the bulging varicose vein is safely removed. Foam Sclerotherapy is a method by where a foam sclerosing agent is injected into the vein during precise ultrasound guidance to close off the bulging varicose vein.
Spider veins, also referred to as Telangiectasias, are small varicose veins or dilated blood vessels. They are usually located directly beneath the skin. A combination of Surface Laser Therapy and Cosmetic Sclerotherapy are most commonly used for this disorder. Depending on the size and depth of the spider veins. Both methods cause only very mild discomfort, do not require numbing medicines and no down time. You can resume regular activities the same day.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a sclerosing medication into your spider veins using an extremely small needle. This causes very minimal discomfort and results are instantaneous, however few patients may experience mild inflammation for several weeks.
Surface Laser Therapy
Surface Laser Therapy involves using laser light energy to sclerose the spider veins and shrink them from view. Some residual and mild redness may linger for days, months or in some cases up to a year. No injections or incisions are made during this process. It’s simple, painless and results are noticeable immediately.
The treatment options vary, if you suffer from any of these conditions Dr. Patel will determine which is best for you. Vein Removal may be an option for you. Most medical insurance providers cover vein removal treatment for symptomatic varicose veins and CVI. Let us find a solution that is right for you!
Come by or call us today, NeoSculpt Laser Vein and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Abilene, TX. (325) 692-8346 (VEIN).