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Are you struggling with the pain and embarrassment of unsightly varicose veins? You’re not alone – millions of men and women in the United States suffer from venous insufficiency, the condition that causes varicose veins.
Scottsdale Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery specializes in the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins using minimally invasive procedures.
Varicose veins are gnarled, bulging, enlarged veins that develop when the valves in the vein that help to direct blood flow fail causing blood to pool in the veins. Varicose veins can develop anywhere, but in most cases, develop in the legs and feet. For many individuals, varicose veins are a cosmetic concern, but for others, varicose veins can cause pain, discomfort and may even lead to life-threatening health problems.
While the development of varicose veins is often hereditary, the condition has also been linked to obesity, trauma, living a sedentary lifestyle and changes in hormones.
Spider veins occur when small blood vessels found close to the surface of the skin become dilated due to pressure in the legs, standing for long periods, prolonged sun exposure and injury.
Spider veins can develop anywhere on the body, but usually occur on the legs and face. For most individuals, spider veins are a cosmetic concern, but can become cause pain, aching and feelings of heaviness in the legs.
Sclerotherapy is a very effective, minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment option designed to treat varicose veins and spider veins. During the sclerotherapy procedure, a saline or chemical solution is injected into affected veins, causing the veins to collapse and the body to reroute blood flow to healthy veins.
Sclerotherapy is usually painless, and treatments take between 30-45 minutes, depending on the number of veins treated. The results of the procedure are seen in about 4-6 weeks. Most patients require 2-3 treatments, spaced 6-8 weeks apart.
After sclerotherapy treatment, patients should wear compression hose or stockings between procedures while healing. Sclerotherapy patients should also expect restricted activity such as no strenuous exercise or heavy lifting.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive, outpatient vein procedure designed to remove large varicose veins through tiny, slit-like incisions in the skin. Once the affected veins are removed, the body reroutes blood to healthy veins.
The ambulatory phlebectomy procedure is performed under local anesthesia and does not require stitches to close incisions.
Ambulatory phlebectomy can take an hour or more, depending on the number of veins being treated.
After the procedure, patients should wear compressions stockings or hose for two weeks, avoid strenuous exercise and rest while healing. Most patients who undergo ambulatory phlebectomy see results of their ambulatory phlebectomy procedure in 2-4 weeks. Some patients may require multiple treatments.
Endovenous laser therapy, also known as endovenous laser ablation therapy, is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure used to treat varicose veins. During endovenous laser therapy, a thin laser fiber is inserted into affected veins through a small incision in the skin, guided to the treatment area using ultrasonic imaging. Once the fiber is in place, laser energy is sent through the fiber causing the vein to close. Blood is then re-routed to healthy veins.
Endovenous laser therapy is performed under local anesthesia. The procedure takes on average 30 minutes, but the length of the procedure can vary depending on the number of veins being treated.
After undergoing endovenous laser therapy, patients should expect to wear compression stockings for 1-2 weeks and can resume normal activity within 7-10 days. The results of the Endovenous laser therapy treatment can be seen 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure.