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.

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.