Vein Treatment Now or After the Holidays?

October 30, 2017

Vein Treatment during holidayWhile the cooler weather will give you more chances to cover up your unsightly varicose veins with long pants, the coming holiday season may make your veins worse. Hours on your feet, cooking holiday meals, shopping for gifts, and attending holiday parties in high heels are just some of the ways you could actually worsen your varicose vein condition. At the Vein Center of Florida and The Vein Center of South Baldwin, we offer a variety of vein treatments that can get you ready for the busy winter months ahead.

If you suffer from varicose veins, chances are you may be dreading all of the extra time spent on your feet during the holidays. Cramping and pain can be debilitating when you’re trying to bake and cook holiday meals, while pain and swelling after a long day of standing can end your holiday meal with a whimper. Compression stockings are a great way to help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by varicose veins, but they’re a temporary fix. To truly address the symptoms of varicose veins, you must get them treated.

Reasons to Get Your Vein Treatment Now!

Besides the fact that varicose veins can be uncomfortable, they may also be a harbinger of more serious problems deeper within your venous system. If that’s not enough, here are some other reasons a pre-holiday vein treatment is a good idea:

  • Some vein treatments result in minor swelling or bruising, so long pants can hide those effects until they fade.
  • Some treatments require that you wear compression stockings for a short time to promote healing. Undergoing your treatment in the fall and winter means you can avoid wearing hot stockings during the summer months.
  • Because many of the vein treatments available involve the absorption of the diseased vein into your body, the veins fade gradually. Getting your treatment in the winter can ensure smooth, healthy legs by spring.
  • If you have varicose veins, flying can present the complication of dangerous blood clots. Getting a vein treatment now means you’ll be ready to fly safely by the holidays.
  • Treatment at the end of the year may save you financially. Many have already satisfied or met portions of their insurance deductible and provides for less out of pocket costs.

Vein Treatments Requiring no Recovery Time

The good news is, most varicose and spider vein treatments these days are quick, in-office procedures. All of the vein treatments we provide at VCOF are minimally invasive procedures that usually take under an hour, are virtually painless, and require no downtime for recovery. Depending on your needs, one of these treatments can help make your holidays merry and bright:

  • Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) – This procedure is performed in our office using only local anesthesia, and entails the insertion of a laser fiber into the problem vein through a small incision. As the laser fiber is slowly removed from the vein, it gives off heat that seals the vein, closing it permanently and allowing it to be absorbed into the body.
  • Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution known as a sclerosant into the vein. The sclerosant causes the veins to close off and gradually disappear.
  • Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy – This treatment is typically used on deeper problem veins. Ultrasound technology helps guide and track the sclerosant into the vein more effectively.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy – For varicose veins that are too large to be treated with sclerotherapy, this procedure involves a series of tiny incisions made in the vein. The problem vein is then removed in sections through the incisions.

With such a variety of treatment options, why would you want to wait? Call The Vein Center of Florida and The Vein Center of South Baldwin today at 1-800-910-VEIN to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jimenez, and enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

Taking Care of Your Legs After a Vein Treatment

October 23, 2017

woman applying lotion on varicose veins

Once you’ve had a vein procedure to address the varicose or spider veins that have been bothering you and causing discomfort, it’s time to think about post-procedure care. Each vein treatment at The Vein Center of Florida and The Vein Center of South Baldwin is different, so there may be different ways to care for your legs, depending on the method of treatment that you chose. Below are a few tips for taking care of your legs after your vein treatment, so that you can better prevent future problems.

Caring for Your Legs After Treatment

With more and more advances in vein care and treatment, gone are the days of invasive techniques that required downtime for recovery. Now you can treat any size vein quickly and painlessly, and go right back to your busy life. At The Vein Center of Florida and The Vein Center of South Baldwin, we offer several non-invasive options for varicose and spider vein treatments, none of which require downtime or significant recovery.

  • Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) – Performed in our office using only local anesthesia, this procedure is minimally invasive – you are actually encouraged to move around and return to your normal routine immediately afterward.
  • Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy requires no anesthesia, and no recovery, and it works fast. For most patients, there are no restrictions following the procedure, though Dr. Jimenez may have you wear compression stockings initially to promote healing.
  • Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy – It’s a virtually painless procedure that can be used alone or in combination with EVLT for the best results. It’s a quick procedure with no recovery period or restrictions post-treatment.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy – This minimally invasive procedure uses local anesthesia, and takes under an hour to complete. There is no recovery time, though you are required to wear a compression bandage and compression stockings for a few days to allow for optimal healing.

Post-Procedure Preventative Care

Caring for your legs after your vein treatment means not only following Dr. Jimenez’s post-procedure instructions, but adjusting your lifestyle to prevent a recurrence of varicose veins. As you’ll learn from Dr. Jimenez, problem veins can be an indicator of deeper issues within your venous system – problems that if left undiagnosed and untreated can result in serious complications. The best way to avoid developing more varicose veins is through preventative measures, including:

  • Exercising – Staying fit and healthy can only benefit your venous system. Being active increases the circulation in your legs, and if you have strong legs, your veins will also be stronger. Exercise can also help prevent obesity, which is a risk factor for varicose veins.
  • Avoiding Sedentary Activities – If you have a job that requires long hours of either sitting or standing, you’re putting excess pressure on your veins and have a higher risk of developing problems. The key is to take short breaks to move around and promote good circulation.
  • Screening for Vein Health – Preventative care includes checking in with a doctor to make sure your veins are healthy and functioning properly. While varicose veins can be prevented, some people are genetically predisposed to getting them, and age and hormonal changes are also unavoidable factors.

When you are a patient at The Vein Center of Florida and The Vein Center of South Baldwin, we not only want to treat the vein problems you have, but to help you keep your legs healthy. Dr. Jimenez schedules follow-up appointments after all of his treatment procedures to check in with you and make sure you’re healing and happy with your results. Call us today at 1-800-910-VEIN to schedule a consultation.

What’s the Difference between Vein Treatments?

January 1, 2017

Difference in Vein TreatmentsThere are many ways to eliminate spider and varicose veins today, which can make it difficult to know which treatment will serve your needs best. The right procedure for you will depend on the type of veins you want to treat, their size and their location. To help you understand the difference between the vein treatments now available at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we have put together a few basics to help you distinguish between all of them.

Spider Vein Options

Spider veins are smaller, visible veins that often appear in a network on the surface of the skin. Cosmetic sclerotherapy is considered the “gold standard” for treating these vessels. The procedure injects a special solution directly into the visible veins, which seals the veins closed. The sealed vein collapses and is reabsorbed by the body over time. Blood reroutes naturally to healthy veins nearby so vascular function is not negatively affected by the procedure.

Procedures for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are larger than spider veins and often protrude above the skin’s surface. They are usually found on the lower leg and behind the knee. These veins may also be accompanied by aching and swelling if the underlying condition that leads to the visible vessels has advanced.

There are more treatment options for varicose veins today. At the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we offer the following procedures:

Foam Sclerotherapy

This is an updated version of the traditional sclerotherapy technique that allows the injectable treatment to be used on larger varicose veins. Instead of injecting the liquid solution, this procedure uses a foaming agent that has a similar consistency to shaving cream. The thicker texture displaces blood inside the vessel so the vein walls can be sealed closed. Ultrasound imaging is used to guide the foam solution into the vessel and then monitors the vein after treatment to ensure it closes properly.

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

Another effective option in treating larger varicose veins is an innovative therapy known as endovenous laser treatment or EVLT. This procedure uses a small fiber that is inserted into the visible vein using a very small incision. The fiber delivers laser energy into the vein, which seals the vein closed in a similar fashion to sclerotherapy. This is the most common treatment prescribed to patients suffering from larger varicose veins.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

For some patients, the actual removal of a varicose vein is the best treatment option. Fortunately, this process can be completed with much less discomfort and downtime than surgical treatments of the past. Ambulatory phlebectomy uses very small incisions made along the length of the vein and a special tool that grasps the vessel and removes it from the leg in small sections. This procedure is often recommended to patients that have vessels too large to treat with sclerotherapy, but too small to safely treat with EVLT.

Vein Treatment Benefits

No matter which vein treatment turns out to be the best choice for you, you can rest assured your procedure will be minimally invasive and involve almost no downtime afterward. We perform all of our varicose vein treatments using local anesthetic and patients are able to return home or to other activities as soon as the procedure is over. Because the vein is completely eliminated, the results are considered permanent.

Don’t let too many choices in varicose vein treatments hinder you from getting the relief you need from painful vessels. Dr. Jimenez will assess your condition and help you select the best treatment option for you. To learn more, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.

5 Reasons to Consider EVLT this Year

February 17, 2016

Consider EVLTIf you are dreading the upcoming spring season due to bulging, painful varicose veins, we have good news for you. Minimally-invasive treatments are now available to eliminate those unsightly vessels and their uncomfortable symptoms. At Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we offer a variety of varicose vein procedures that will give you clearer, more beautiful legs without a major disruption to your daily life. Check out these five reasons why one of those procedures, endovenous laser therapy or EVLT, might be the right option for you.

Modern Technology

EVLT utilizes laser energy to seal varicose veins closed so they collapse. The vessels are reabsorbed by the body over time and blood naturally reroutes to healthy veins nearby. The laser heat is delivered into the vessel using a narrow fiber, so discomfort, bleeding and bruising is kept to a minimum. Lasers are a common tool used in both cosmetic and medical treatments today, so their safety and efficacy have been well documented.

Minimally-Invasive

Unlike surgical procedures of the past that involved significant discomfort and recovery time, procedures like EVLT are considered minimally invasive. This means they can be performed right in our office in less than one hour using local anesthesia, reducing patient risk and discomfort. Patients are usually encouraged to get up and walk around immediately following their procedure and there is no recovery period after treatment to worry about.

Safe and Effective

With many years of use now under its belt, the safety and efficacy of EVLT has been well documented. Clinical studies have shown the procedure is around 98-percent effective in eliminating varicose veins, which is comparable to most of the other varicose vein treatments today. In addition, the ability to perform the procedure using local anesthesia has greatly reduced anesthesia-related risks that were common with more invasive surgical procedures.

No More Symptoms

In addition to the cosmetic benefits seen with EVLT, patients report a significant reduction or even complete elimination of symptoms like pain, leg cramping, heaviness in the legs and swelling of the lower leg and foot. In some cases, relief from these symptoms was seen almost immediately following treatment. In addition, patients with symptomatic varicose veins may find they qualify for insurance coverage for EVLT if their symptoms are well documented.

Permanent Results without Scarring

EVLT, like other veins procedures today, offers permanent elimination of varicose veins and their uncomfortable symptoms. Because the procedure uses narrow fibers to deliver laser energy directly into the vessel, treatment involves micro incisions that require no sutures and lead to no scarring after treatment. This is good news for patients that are looking for a way to eliminate unattractive varicose veins to give them greater confidence in shorts and swim suits.

At Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we offer EVLT as one of our treatment options for our patients. This procedure typically takes less than one hour to complete and patients are usually able to return to their daily activities as soon as treatment is over. Results will be seen right away and continue to improve as the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears completely from sight.

Don’t dread the upcoming spring season because of unsightly, uncomfortable varicose veins. Contact Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346 to find out which vein treatment is right for you.