Winter and Your Veins

February 14, 2017

Winter and Your VeinsYou may not be giving your veins much thought this season, as cooler temperatures allow you to hide unsightly, visible veins under tights and pants. However, out of sight and out of mind won’t give you the sexy, vein-free legs you want when warm weather rolls around again. In addition, if those swollen vessels are causing physical symptoms like pain and swelling, you are destined to suffer all winter long if you don’t seek treatment for your condition sooner rather than later. Fortunately, there are plenty of good reasons to use the winter months to treat those unattractive, uncomfortable varicose veins.

 

Time to Treat, Time to Heal

Vein treatments have come a long way since invasive surgical procedures. Today’s procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and often require no anesthesia. In most cases, patients are able to return to their daily activities as soon as treatment is completed. These procedures have proven just as effective as surgery, if not more so, with less trauma to the body and less disruption to the patient’s schedule.

When you decide to move forward with your vein treatment during the winter months, you may find the scheduling at Vein Center of Florida is much more flexible. With fewer people thinking about their veins this time of year, appointment times may be more available than in the spring when there is a rush to get those legs summer-ready. In addition, treating veins in the winter offers ample time for healing if you do experience any side effects like bruising or swelling after your procedure.

The Sun Factor
Most of our vein treatments at Vein Center of Florida require you to keep your treated legs out of the sun for a few days. UV rays can affect healing after your procedure, which could mean skin discoloration for some patients. By treating your veins during the winter, it is much easier to keep your legs out of direct sunlight until they are fully healed.

Goodbye Symptoms!

You may not see your varicose veins during the winter season, but if you suffer discomfort as a result of your swollen vessels, you will certainly know they are there. Pain, restless legs and swelling of the lower leg and foot are common symptoms associated with varicose veins and a sign your vein disorder may be progressing. By seeking treatment now, you will enjoy relief from those uncomfortable symptoms, sometimes as soon as your procedure is over. Whether you spend your season participating in winter sports or simply curling up by the fire, the relief you experience with significantly increase your quality of life.

Multiple Treatment Options

The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin offers a variety of vein treatments, which allows us to tailor your procedure to your specific needs. Dr. Jimenez will discuss your concerns with you and perform a complete evaluation of your veins before determining which procedure will work the best for you. All of our treatments feature excellent, long-lasting results for our patients, ensuring each person we treat enjoys full satisfaction from their procedure.

 

Don’t let varicose veins affect your winter season. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346 to find out which vein treatment is the right one for you.

Are You at Risk for Spider Veins?

February 7, 2017

Risk for Spider VeinsNo one welcomes the appearance of those visible networks of lines known as spider veins. Why do some people get them and others don’t? While there is no way to tell for sure if you will develop spider veins at some point, there are some factors that put you at higher risk they will make an appearance. Some of those risk factors are under your control, while others you won’t be able to do much about.

The Problem with Genetics

One of the biggest factors influencing whether you will develop spider veins (and one that you can’t control, unfortunately) is your family history. If one or both of your parents have spider veins, you are much more likely to get them as well. This may be due to the fact that spider veins can appear because of faulty veins, particularly the hard-working veins in the lower legs. Weak veins may be a family trait, which increases your odds for those visible vein networks.

The Hormone Factor

There is a reason why spider veins tend to appear around pregnancy or menopause. The small, superficial veins of the body can be vulnerable to the hormonal fluctuations that accompany these events. During pregnancy, the problem can become even more pronounced as the expanding belly puts additional stress on vessels. Some women also find spider veins make an appearance when they begin taking hormone replacement therapy.

The Link to Your Weight

There is a definite association between visible spider veins, weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle. When you don’t work your legs regularly, the calf muscles don’t provide the support the lower leg veins need to move blood back up the legs to the heart. This can allow the vessels to wear out or become damaged over time. When you pack on a few extra pounds, the additional weight further stresses the veins and increases the odds they will swell and become visible on the skin’s surface.

How Your Job Plays a Role

Even your occupation can have an impact on whether you will eventually see those unsightly spider veins appear. Professionals that log long hours on their feet, such as hair stylists, flight attendants and healthcare workers, put a lot of wear and tear on the lower leg veins, increasing the odds they might become damaged over time. By the same token, people that work behind a desk all day may also be at higher risk, since their calf muscles are never working to give the lower leg veins the support they need.

Sun Dangers

Stress on the veins is not the only reasons spider veins appear. Veins can also become visible due to too much sun exposure. The UV rays can damage the skin around the vessel, making the vein more apparent. This problem is particularly prevalent in fair-skinned individuals that are already more vulnerable to sun damage overall. In addition to spider veins appearing on the legs, this problem can result in the formation of the visible vessels on the arms and face.

Treatment Options

Fortunately, you don’t have to live with unattractive spider veins forever. If they do appear, there are a number of effective and minimally-invasive procedures that will eradicate those vein networks. At the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we offer proven therapies like sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation to eliminate those vessels from the inside out. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and patients are usually able to return to their regular activities immediately following treatment.

If you have spider veins you would like to eliminate, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346 to find out which vein treatment is right for you.

Favorite Winter Activities on the Emerald Coast

January 26, 2017

Winter Activites Emerald CoastWhile much of the country goes into hibernation in the winter, the Emerald Coast comes alive. With smaller crowds and an abundance of activities indoors and out, this is the perfect vacation spot for visitors and residents alike. Rates for hotels and condos tend to get slashed, while retailers and restaurateurs beef up the deals, making the Emerald Coast a value in winter that is not seen during the hustle and bustle of the summer season. The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin has a wealth of ideas to help you make the most of your winter.

Feast Fresh

Fresh seafood may come to an abrupt halt in the Northern states in the winter, but down here, we enjoy our fresh fish year-round. Some of our restaurants even offer customers the ability to see where and when the fish on their plates were caught. The other bonus? No lines to get into your favorite eateries this time of year, making dinner fast, convenient and more relaxing.

Shop ‘til You Drop

Shopping along the Emerald Coast is a true feast for the eyes and the wallet, with outlet stores and specialty shops abounding. The Destin Commons Outlet Mall has been newly expanded with even more designer names to tickle your fancy. Take a break from shopping to catch a flick at the AMC Theatre in the complex. If specialty shops are more your thing, the Festive Waterfront Marketplace at Harborwalk Village is the place to spend a few hours or an entire day.

Meet a Sea Turtle

The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is open year-round, featuring more animal encounters and shows than you can see in a day. This facility offers opportunities to feed and play with the dolphins or come face-to-face with a sea turtle. Snorkel with the stingrays, feed the penguins or watch the energetic sea lions in action. The facility also provides food and drink throughout the park so you can spend the entire day getting to know the marine life that calls this park home.

Golf in Comfort

If you find the summer season a bit toasty for golf, the winter temperatures provide the perfect environment for eighteen holes. With eight championship courses to choose from, you will never be at a loss for where to tee off. In addition, the crowds dissipate during the winter season, making it easier than ever to get the tee time of your choice. Prices are typically cut as well, giving you a bargain on the greens.

Search for Dolphins

Discounted dolphin cruises are also abundant on the Emerald Coast this time of year, allowing you a glimpse of the friendly creatures on the open waters for less. In addition to dolphin sightings, these cruises might offer history tours of the area or sunset cruise options complete with refreshments. You can even board one of the few remaining schooners in the area to tour the coastline in high style.

If painful varicose veins are getting in the way of your enjoyment of some of these activities, winter is also the perfect season for vein treatment The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin offers a variety of vein treatments that we can tailor to your specific needs. To learn more, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.

5 Reasons to Treat Your Varicose Veins

January 15, 2017

5 Reasons to Treat Varicose VeinsYour varicose veins may be unsightly enough to keep you out of shorts and bathing suits, but is it really worth the time, effort and money to treat them? This is a debate many varicose vein sufferers have as they contemplate eliminating the swollen vessels completely or simply learning to live with them. While a comprehensive assessment can ultimately tell you whether vein treatment would be beneficial, the staff at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin has a number of good reasons to consider vein treatment even before your examination takes place.

It’s More than Cosmetic

Varicose veins are often more than a simple cosmetic concern. These bulging vessels are often an outward sign of an underlying vein condition known as chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. This condition occurs when small valves inside the vessels stop working properly, which allows blood to back up into the vein instead of flowing in a single direction to the heart. When CVI is left unchecked, it can worsen over time. This is why vein treatment sooner, rather than later, may be recommended to stop CVI before significant symptoms develop.

You Have Pain

Varicose veins can be more than unattractive, they can also be painful. You might feel heaviness or aching in your legs, particularly at the end of the day. The pain may also keep you from participating in some of the active pastimes you have always enjoyed. You may discover that elevating your legs for a period of time in the evening relieves the pain and pressure – often a sign that CVI is present. Some sufferers also experience swelling of the lower extremity, which further exacerbates the discomfort.

Your Skin is Changing

Increased pressure inside of varicose veins can do more than damage the vessel itself. The damage can also spread to surrounding tissue, which may become evident on the skin’s surface. You may begin to notice the skin around the vein becomes irritated and itchy. Over time the skin’s color and texture may begin to change as tissue damage leads to a brown, leathery appearance. If the cause of the skin change is not treated, large, open sores known as venous ulcers can form from even the smallest nick or cut to the skin.

Your Veins are Interfering with Your Sleep

Some varicose vein sufferers find out those bothersome vessels start to act up as soon as they are ready to retire for the night. Once in bed, you might experience cramping of the legs that can be intense at time. You may also notice a restless feeling in the legs that gives you the irresistible urge to move them. Known as restless leg syndrome, this condition can be severe enough in some individuals to actually prohibit them from getting a good night’s rest.

Procedures are Quick and Comfortable

Despite the embarrassment and even physical discomfort, some varicose vein sufferers simply won’t pursue treatment because they believe any procedure to treat their veins will take them out of commission for a period of time. While that has been true in the past when surgical treatments were the only solution, today’s non-surgical procedures can be performed quickly and almost painlessly. Treatments can be done using local anesthetic and patients are usually back to activities the same day or the day after their procedure.

Don’t suffer with unattractive varicose veins that are interfering with your comfort and your quality of life. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-8346 and find out how we can help you say goodbye to those bulging veins for good.

Which Sclerotherapy is Right for You?

January 7, 2017

Which Sclerotherapy is Right For YouSclerotherapyis one of the oldest treatments used for spider and varicose veins, but its safety and efficacy continue to make it one of the most popular for doctors and patients alike. This injectable therapy has been modified over the years to allow for greater versatility in treating a broader range of visible vessels. The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin offers both cosmetic sclerotherapy and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy to provide all of our patients with the treatments necessary to meet their specific needs.

Say Goodbye to Spider Veins

Spider veins are the visible networks of red and blue lines that commonly occur on the legs. These networks get their name because they can resemble the legs on a spider or a spider’s web in terms of their pattern. Like varicose veins, spider veins can be caused by an underlying vein disorder known as venous insufficiency. However, they can also be due to sun exposure, trauma to the skin, hormonal fluctuations or heredity.

Spider veins are rarely a serious medical issue, but they can be a significant cosmetic concern. These small networks can often be effectively addressed using cosmetic sclerotherapy.

How does cosmetic sclerotherapy work?

Cosmetic sclerotherapy involves injections of a liquid sclerosing agent directly into the visible vessels. The solution seals the vein closed so it collapses and is eventually reabsorbed by the body. The vein disappears from view, while blood naturally reroutes to healthy veins nearby.

Cosmetic sclerotherapy is a quick outpatient procedure that does not require any anesthesia. Patients report slight burning when the solution goes into the vein, but find the procedure to be very tolerable. Most return to regular activities immediately following their sclerotherapy procedure.

Eliminate Unsightly, Uncomfortable Varicose Veins

Varicose veins tend to be larger than spider veins and typically appear behind the knees and up the lower leg. These veins may also be blue or purple in hue, although many are also flesh-colored. The veins may protrude from the skin’s surface and look like winding ropes snaking up the leg. These swollen vessels are often caused by venous insufficiency, which can worsen if it is left unchecked.

In addition to their unattractive appearance, these veins can cause pain, cramping and swelling in the lower extremity. Advanced cases may also lead to skin changes and the formation of skin ulcerations around the ankle. For this reason, it is usually recommended to treat varicose veins before these complications appear.

How does foam sclerotherapy work?

Smaller varicose veins can often be treated using a special technique known as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. This procedure is similar to cosmetic sclerotherapy in that a solution is injected directly into the affected vein. However, the solution used is a much thicker foam formulation that more effectively coats larger vessels to seal them closed so they can be eliminated by the body.

Ultrasound imaging is used during the procedure to locate the vessel and ensure the foam fully displaces the blood and coats the vein lining. The procedure can be used alone or in conjunction with endovenous laser therapy (EVLT), which treats larger varicose veins while foam sclerotherapy addresses smaller tributary veins that can be contributing to the problem.

Dr. Jimenez at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin is experienced in both of these sclerotherapy techniques and can help you determine which procedure will work best for your specific needs. The procedures are quick and relatively painless, while the results are long-lasting. To learn more about your options in sclerotherapy, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-8346.