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.


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.

Vein Treatments to Get You Ready for Spring Break

January 27, 2016

The temperatures outside may say it’s still winter, but spring is right around the corner. If you plan to spend time relaxing on one of our beautiful beaches, now is the time to get rid of unsightly spider and varicose veins that are interfering with your beach body and your self-confidence. At Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we offer a wide range of minimally-invasive vein treatments to eliminate visible veins and their uncomfortable symptoms.

Spider Veins Begone!

Spider veins are a significant cosmetic nuisance. These vein networks usually don’t cause any symptoms but they can become noticeably large and embarrassing. Take care of those visible veins with cosmetic sclerotherapy that eliminates unattractive spider veins with simple injections of a sterile solution into the unwanted vessels. This causes them to seal closed so they can be reabsorbed by the body.

Cosmetic sclerotherapy takes just a few minutes to complete and involves little discomfort during and after the procedure. Patients are able to return to daily activities as soon as treatment is over. Within a matter of weeks, those pesky veins will fade from view.

Injections for Varicose Veins

Sclerotherapy can also sometimes be used for larger varicose veins on the lower legs. In this procedure, a thicker foam solution is injected into the vein that effectively displaces blood inside the vessel so the walls can be sealed shut. Like cosmetic sclerotherapy, the treated vessels are reabsorbed by the body while blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby.

The foam injections are guided to the swollen vessel via non-invasive ultrasound imaging. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes to complete and involves little or no discomfort. Patients can return to work or other activities immediately following the procedure. Results will improve in the weeks following treatment.

Lasers “Zap” Visible Veins

Another option for larger varicose veins is a laser procedure known as endovenous laser treatment or “EVLT”. This procedure uses a narrow laser fiber, inserted directly into the vein supplying the varicose veins, to heat the vein and seal it closed. Like veins treated with sclerotherapy, the vessel will collapse so that it can be eliminated by the body’s natural processes.

EVLT involves incisions so small, there is no need for stitches. Most patients are able to return to their daily schedule immediately following treatment. The procedure typically takes 30 minutes or less, so you can zap those unwanted veins with minimal disruption to your daily life.

If you are considering vein treatment in anticipation of spring break activities, it is best to begin your treatment as soon as possible. While some patients will only require one treatment session to see great results, others may need a second treatment session about four weeks after the first to achieve full results.

If you are ready to say goodbye to unsightly spider and varicose veins, we can help. Contact the staff at Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-8346 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Jimenez and find out how we can help you bid farewell to those visible vessels for good.

Do you have risk factors of varicose veins?

March 4, 2015

What are risk factors of varicose veins?

Do you have ugly, painful, swollen varicose veins on your legs? Do you have unsightly spider veins?

If you answered “Yes” to either question, you should know these risk factors increase your chances of venous insufficiency, a progressive vein disease that only gets worse over time. The most important risk factors of vein disease include:

  • Varicose veins or a family history of varicose veins.
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to a blood clot.
  • Obesity or weight issues.
  • Pregnancy or recently pregnant.
  • Extended periods of standing, sitting or inactivity.
  • Being over age 50.
  • Being a woman – you have a higher chance of getting this disease than a man.
  • A recent injury or trauma.

If you have any of these important risk factors of vein disease, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. James Jimenez of The Vein Center of Florida and South Baldwin. After all, he performs all patient consultations, evaluations, and vein treatments himself and he’s a pioneer in Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT™).

For a FREE Varicose Vein Screening with a Doppler ultrasound evaluation and no doctor referral required, call 1-800-910-VEIN now.

Dr. James Jimenez

The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin
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