Vein disease is a medical problem, and each vein problem is different. At Lexington Vein & Aesthetics Center, our patients receive customized treatment from a team of board-certified physicians who combine their expertise and more than 20 years of experience in vascular surgery, internal medicine and aesthetic services. We strive to help patients understand their vein problems and to offer the highest quality venous and aesthetic care.
Utilizing extensive training and experience – along with the latest in laser technology, we provide patients with the most complete vein, facial and skin rejuvenation treatments available today.
Over 25 million Americans are afflicted with varicose veins. Varicose veins are swollen, dark blue or purple blood vessels that you can see and feel beneath the skin. They often look like twisted cords, and usually appear on the calves, insides of the legs and ankles. As varicose veins continue to weaken under constant strain, they often continue to get bigger and balloon outward. This tends to raise the skin surface and causing the skin to bulge and thin out or become discolored.
Although many patients desire treatment because of the veins’ unsightly appearance, most do so because of the physical symptoms that they experience and to reduce the chances of developing more significant circulation problems in the future. Symptoms caused by varicose veins include fatigability, restlessness, heaviness, night cramps – and above all – a nagging sensation of aching pain. These symptoms typically worsen with prolonged standing and during certain points of a female’s menstrual cycle. Varicose veins increase the risk for developing blood clots (DVT’s) by nine (9) fold.
Several treatment options are available to eliminate or reduce the symptoms and appearance of varicose veins. These therapies may include self-care methods such as losing weight, keeping the legs elevated, using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, regular exercise, and wearing compression stockings.
More immediate and permanent relief of varicose veins is often achieved through interventional therapies. With the latest technology, vein treatments can be administered with minimal discomfort and downtime. Some of the more common and effective therapies include sclerotherapy and laser therapy.
Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) of varicose veins is a revolutionary, minimally invasive laser procedure that allows us to treat varicose veins faster, safer and more effectively than traditional surgical procedures. Through a needle, a tiny laser catheter is introduced into the culprit vein without making an incision. The treatment is then completed with local anesthesia and application of laser energy to obliterate the vein. At our center, the procedure is usually completed in less than an hour, and you can resume normal activities immediately.
EVLT is highly effective, approaching a 98 percent success rate. Any symptom related to your varicosities is completely resolved on the day of the procedure. In most cases, significant if not total regression of the large veins occurs within one to two months following.
Sclerotherapy treats varicose veins by injecting a solution into the targeted veins that causes them to gradually disappear. Depending on the extent of your disease, it may require several treatment sessions to achieve the desired result, and not all varicose veins are candidates for this procedure.
The best way to find out if laser therapy or sclerotherapy will help you with your varicose veins is to visit one of the physicians at our office. Suitability for a procedure is confirmed by a thorough ultrasound examination of the lower extremities. In most cases the procedure is covered by insurance.
Spider veins are small, thin blood vessel clusters easily visible within the skin. Often red, pink or purple, they appear most commonly on the legs, but may arise anywhere on the body, including the nose and face. Spider veins typically have the appearance of a series of lines, tree branches or a spider-web-like shape (hence the name). Reticular veins are larger than spider veins, and are usually the veins from which spider veins arise. Sometimes referred to as “feeder veins,” reticular veins are ineffectual veins, which have not yet dilated.
While most cases of spider veins are of purely cosmetic concern, some patients may also experience uncomfortable symptoms such as aching, burning, swelling, itching, and cramping from this condition. If you suffer from both varicose and spider veins, it is necessary to treat the varicosity first, as spider veins will most likely return if varicose veins remain. We offer highly effective and minimally invasive treatments to restore a smooth, clear appearance without significant discomfort or lengthy downtimes.
Sclerotherapy treats varicose veins by injecting a solution into the targeted veins that causes them to gradually disappear. This procedure is performed in our office and takes less than an hour. Depending on the extent of your disease, it may require several treatment sessions to achieve the desired result.
Laser therapy utilizing our center’s state-of-the-art laser technology can effectively treat spider veins as well as a variety of other unsightly vascular lesions such as fine facial veins and cherry spots.
If you are concerned about the appearance and/or discomfort associated with your spider veins, we can help!
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