60% of all men and women suffer from some type of vein disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health. A quarter of the cases represent men, however predominantly women seek treatment for varicose veins. Varicose vein removal is a treatment that has evolved and the latest technological advancements have made this procedure a relatively simple and painless procedure.
In fact varicose vein removal is a procedure that is covered my most insurance policies. Varicose vein laser treatment is considered one of the best treatment for varicose veins. This method is non-invasive varicose vein treatment to date and far more advanced in comparison to the more traditional ways of treating varicose and spider veins.
Varicose Vein Removal is simple!
Varicose Vein Removal has never been so simple. Book your complimentary consultation and learn more about this procedure.
Varicose Veins Treatment. What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are blood vessels which return blood from the legs to the heart. These veins are a more superficial system. The true venous system for the legs lies deeper. This is great because they can be removed without causing any harm to the circulatory system.
Spider veins are a minor form of varicose veins. Sun exposure can worsen spider veins as it breaks down collagen under the skin. Spider veins are the more delicate red and blue tracings that pop up under the skin, while varicose veins are lager and bumpy under the skin.
Both varicose and spider veins are the result of loose valves within the circulatory system. These valves are designed to keep the blood from flowing backward away from the heart. As these veins become loose and flabby they stretch and swell over time. This leads to an aesthetically displeasing aspect, as the swollen veins pop from under the skin.
These varicose veins can also cramp or throb at night and cause the sensation of weight. Itchy skin and painful ulcers may surface as the clear fluid from the expanded vessels makes its way into tissues chocking off efficient circulation as a result.
Generally speaking, varicose veins are more aesthetically displeasing than dangerous to one’s health.
What is the Cause of Varicose Veins?
There is no clarity as to what the underlying cause of varicose veins is, however it seems to be genetic in nature. A shift in hormones seems to trigger the formation of varicose veins as women going through hormonal changes such as: puberty, pregnancy, and menopause seem to experience the formation of varicose and spider veins. Women who take estrogen, progesterone and birth control pills seem to be at risk as well as these tend to weaken the vales and change circulation in the legs.
Pregnancy also adds pressure as the blood volume increases and causes veins to pop.
Aging, prolonged sitting and obesity are other causes of varicose veins.
Varicose vein treatment
Varicose veins treatment consist of self care. Some of the most basic start with wearing compression stockings and exercising. If these are non satisfactory, medical procedures are available to remove or close the veins. Devices such as elastic stockings are recommended. Physical exercise and weight loss has a major role as well.
Diagnostic methods are far advanced compared to methods used in the past, allowing physicians to identify the best ways to treat varicose veins.
Striping is a method of varicose vein removal used in the past, yet it is hardly used anymore.
Lasers are now used to send bursts of concentrated light into the vein collapsing it..Laser therapy, sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, and ambulatory phlebectomy are options to treat this condition.
Mechanism of Varicose Vein Laser Treatment
Laser or light energy is absorbed by the oxyhemoglobin resulting in the heating and collapsing of the treated blood vessels. Using the correct wavelengths and fluence the vascular lesion will be heated to above 70 degrees Celsius. This will cause the blood vessel to shrink and reduce in size.
Varicose vein laser treatment is relatively pain free and most patients are able to resume to normal activities soon after the procedure. The appearance of the treated vein will improve over a period of a month or so following the treatment. Depending on the location of your varicose veins, you may have to wear compression stockings or socks to prevent swelling..
Please view this video animation for insight on the dynamics at work behind this simple, yet effective procedure.
Painful Varicose Veins Should not Be Ignored!
Painful varicose veins must not be ignored. If you experience painful varicose veins , this could signal the presence of a blood cloth, an open sore or a skin infection. Painful varicose veins must not be ignored!
As the pain worsens this may indicate possible future complications. These are some of the dangers if varicose vein pain persists or worsens:
1. Edema or Leg Swelling.-The leg may swell to the point where your shoes no longer fit.The skin may even leak a yellowish fluid. If the swelling persists the skin may become discolored and hardened. Elevating your leg and wearing compression garments may improve this complication.
2. Skin Ulcers – As swelling persists the skin changes in color and texture. The affected tissue may be blocked from nutrients and oxygen. The result is ulceration. Reducing the swelling is key in prevention of ulcer formation.
3. Skin Infection – When tissue is being stretched from swelling this interferes with body’s natural defense mechanisms. This results in a condition called cellulitis. This cellulitis happens when the bacteria normally present on the skin surface migrates into the body causing an infection. As the swelling increases the area becomes red and inflamed.
4. Thrombophlebitis – blood cloths tends to form in varicose veins. The affected vein hardens, becomes hard and painful.
5. Deep Vein Thrombosis – this is one of the greatest risks as the blood cloth may break off and travel to the lungs. This may escalate into pulmonary embolism. This condition is life threatening.
varicose veins treatment made easy with laser technology
If you have varicose veins it is important you speak with your physician. If the area surrounding your varicose vein is red, swollen or hardened then be sure to seek immediate medical attention. With today’s technological advancements you may not necessarily need surgical interventions to receive varicose veins treatment. Today, via these minimally invasive interventions varicose veins may be eliminated with great success.
Book your complimentary visit and learn how this is possible with the use of this innovative laser technology. Dr. Leoni and his staff have extensive training in the area of varicose veins treatment and your procedure may be covered by your medical insurance.
Varicose Veins Removal using Pro-V Treatment Using Sciton JOULE™ Laser
Pro-V is a safe, rapid and efficient solution for treating varicose veins/venous insufficiency. the 1319 nm wavelength minimizes post-treatment pain and bruising.
Pro-V treatment with the Sciton JOULE™ is a safe, fast and most effective way to treat varicose veins/venous insufficiency on an outpatient basis. The treatment commences with a local anesthesia. A fiber is then inserted in the affected vein. The heat generated by the laser closes the vein. The wavelength is directed at the water in the blood. In turn this captures heat in the vein. The treatment temperatures are lower, causing less damage to the surrounding tissue.
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