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Varicose Veins and DVT: Preventative Measures to Keep in Mind

More than 40 million Americans suffer from a varicose vein, a vein disorder causing pain and discomfort on the lower limbs. This is caused by weakened veins and valves that increase blood pressure on the legs and takes place just underneath the skin. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), on the other hand, is a more serious case of blood clots forming in the deep veins of the legs. Also known as Venous Thromboembolism, DVT takes the life of at least 60,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and these numbers continue to increase each year.

 

The good news is, DVT and varicose vein treatment are now available around the world. But perhaps the best way to address them is through these preventative measures:

 

 

Be Aware of your Family History

 

More than 50% of patients with varicose veins have a family history of the disorder. DVT is also more common in patients who have a family history of blood clots. Knowing your risk factors is very important so you can speak with your healthcare provider about your risk of getting varicose veins or DVT and learn more about varicose vein treatment if it happens.

 

 

Re-Check your Medications with your Doctor

 

Once you know that you are predisposed to these vein disorders, it’s very important to review your medications with your doctor. Medications containing estrogen, for instance, will put you at a higher risk of clotting. So, if you’re taking birth control pills, you might want to speak to your doctor about switching to non-hormonal birth control options such as an IUD.

 

 

Keep your Weight in Check

 

Obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for varicose veins and DVT because that extra weight increases the strain on your lower extremities and increases your risk for developing a blood clot. Studies even suggest that obesity triples your risk for developing DVT. To make sure that you keep your weight in check, try to practice regular exercise and follow a healthy diet that’s low in fat and rich in fiber. A study conducted in 2014 suggested that people who ate fish at least three times a week lowered their risks for developing DVT compared to those who didn’t.

 

 

Invest in good Compression Stockings

 

Even during the early signs of varicose veins or DVT, it’s very important to wear elasticized compression stockings to offer extra support to your lower extremities, reduce swelling and facilitate blood flow to the heart.

 

 

Finally, never take varicose veins for granted. Seek professional help right away to discuss the signs and symptoms of varicose veins or DVT and so a proper assessment can be conducted to see the extent of your condition. This way, your healthcare team will be able to create a good varicose vein treatment or DVT treatment plan that really addresses your needs. Both varicose veins and DVT are highly treatable, especially if you work with the right healthcare professionals and commit to complying to your treatment plan.

 

 

 


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4 Crucial Steps to Effective Diabetic Foot Care

1 in 10 Americans have diabetes and at least 15% of these patients will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. In fact, diabetic foot is the most common reason for hospitalization in diabetic patients and every 30 seconds, a lower limb is amputated around the world due to diabetes. This is why it’s very important to know these four crucial steps to effective diabetic wound care to prevent amputation and give patients the chance to return to their quality of life:

 

 

Always Check your Feet for Sores, Wounds or Cracks

 

A diabetic foot ulcer is a complication caused primarily by diabetic neuropathy due to nerve damage. This lessens the sensation on the lower limbs and causes dryness to the skin, which makes diabetic patients prone to cracks, sores, and wounds.

 

The first step to the best diabetic wound care outcome is to identify the earliest signs of a foot ulcer by always checking your feet for the presence of these cracks, sores, and wounds. Even the smallest crack or wound already demands attention before it turns into a bigger ulcer, so make it a habit to check your foot regularly.

 

 

Never Treat Wounds on your Own

 

Once you notice the presence of a wound or sore on your foot, don’t try to treat it on your own and ask for medical help right away. Effective diabetic wound care begins with proper assessment and diagnosis, and only healthcare professionals can develop an effective treatment plan that’s specific for your needs.

 

 

Keep Wound Clean and/or Dry

 

Treating a diabetic foot is one thing and preventing infection is another story. Since you’ll be taking care of your wound on a daily basis, it’s very important to learn about proper cleaning, debridement, and dressing to make sure that infection is prevented. Your healthcare team will discuss proper diabetic wound care with you, so make sure to take down notes and practice them diligently every day.

 

 

Never Walk Barefoot and Always Protect your Feet

 

Whether you have an existing ulcer or not, it’s very important to protect your feet at all times. Never walk barefoot even if you’re at home and always wear socks or shoes to keep your feet safe from any objects that could cause wounds. Also, make it a habit to check your shoes before wearing them to remove any objects that you might not feel because of the lack of sensation on your foot.

 

Finally, make sure to address the root of the problem, your Diabetes. Avoid smoking or anything else that will restrict blood flow on your lower limbs, take your medications religiously, comply with your treatment plan and always go to your scheduled visits to the doctor. It’s also very important to start practicing a healthier lifestyle by eating right and exercising regularly.

 

 

In the end, the outcome of diabetic wound care will all depend on your willingness to comply with everything that your healthcare team recommends. Also, make sure to get your foot checked regularly and seek podiatric medical care right away.

 

 


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What Can Cause Spider Veins to Appear on the Face

When you look in the mirror and find an unsightly mark, a webbed form on your face, you are probably wondering how you got it in the first place. That unattractive mark on your face is called spider veins, and the good news is that it can be treated. But what are the reasons behind what causes facial spider veins?

 

 

Causes of Facial Spider Veins

The appearance of a pimple is enough to make anyone self-conscious, but a gnarled figure? That can bring about a different level of shame. Since it’s already there, you might as well know how it made an appearance.

 

These are the common causes of facial spider veins:

 

  • Genes. Many of those who get spider veins happen to be related to each other. Science hasn’t given a concrete reason for this but suffice to say that it runs in the family. Let this be your warning to take better care of yourself if anyone in your family has this issue. Also, risk factors increase the older you get (yes, this issue can happen to anyone of any age).
  • Pregnancy. There’s much joy in carrying another human to be born in the world, but the journey isn’t always that sweet. Since skin issues are common among pregnant women, the appearance of gnarled veins on the face doesn’t come as a surprise. Also, the increase in estrogen hormones can be contributing factors that cause blood vessels to break.
  • Sun exposure. Your blood vessels become enlarged when you expose yourself too much to the sun. Some of the blood vessels on your face become more exposed when the top layer of your skin peels off.
  • Changes in weather. Blood vessels dilate when the weather is hot, making them more pronounced.
  • Alcohol consumption. Skin flushes when you consume alcohol, and there’s a reason for this: your blood vessels become enlarged. So if you’re a binge drinker, there’s a chance your heavy alcohol use can lead to the formation of webbed veins on your face.

 

 

Spider Vein Treatment Options

No one wants to have the appearance of unsightly veins anywhere on their body, especially in areas that are visible to much of the public. It’s a cause to be self-conscious about one’s appearance, but there is always a silver lining: treatment options are available.

 

One such treatment is sclerotherapy, which is also used to treat varicose veins. This procedure involves the injection of a solution that closes up a vein, leading blood to choose a different path. The mark will eventually disappear over time.

 

Another option is laser therapy. The process is similar to sclerotherapy but it uses laser instead of a solution to get rid of offending veins.

 

Although these treatments do get rid of twisted and unwanted veins, a one-time solution isn’t enough to cure you of the issue. Multiple sessions are needed to ensure the veins stay gone.

 

 

Also, undergoing these treatments is not enough: you have to make certain lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of these veins making a comeback.

 

 

 


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Keeping Proper Vein Health for the New Year

Another year is coming to a close, and it’s another opportunity to remind you to make vein health a priority. Yes, there may be no absolute way to prevent varicose veins from making an appearance, but there are ways to reduce your risk of developing them or adding new ones to those you already have.

 

Quick Tips for Varicose Vein Prevention

  • Exercise. This cannot be stated enough: moving around is good for you. Getting exercise doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym. There are different ways for you to get “exercise”, and these include taking a walk around a nearby park, choosing to take the stairs to your office instead of the elevator, and getting up from your desk once in a while to go for a walk around the office. And here’s one of the easiest: those household chores you hate doing can count as exercise.
  • Eat healthy. Apart from exercise, this has been on the suggestion list of many health professionals. And it’s not just to prevent varicose veins from developing; it’s suggested for your overall well-being. Yes, it might be tempting to munch through a bag of chips while watching your favorite show, but you have to pace yourself. It can’t be an everyday affair. So try as much as you can to stick to a low-salt and high-fiber diet.
  • Elevate your legs. This might be difficult to do in an office setting, but do it if you can. Otherwise, you can opt for the “getting up once in a while” routine. If you’ve sat for far too long in the office, make it a point to raise your legs when you get home.

 

For the ladies, avoiding high heels and tight hosiery are good varicose vein prevention tips. Sure, it feels great to put on a pair of heels once in a while but try not to make it a daily routine. While it’s nice to be fashionable, you can try to slip to more comfortable footwear once in the office.

 

Solving Varicose Vein Problems

The tips presented above are simple suggestions for preventing varicose veins for those who haven’t had them. Even those who already experienced the presence of these gnarled veins on their legs can use a suggestion or two to prevent their appearance. For those who currently have said veins on their body can look to the following treatment options:

 

  • Sclerotherapy. This involves the injection of a solution into the problematic vein. The solution works by irritating the lining of the blood vessel, leading to its collapse. The collapsed vessel turns into scar tissue and will fade over time. This is one of the most effective treatments, having been used since the 1930s.
  • Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). Unlike sclerotherapy which requires a solution, this procedure involves removing problematic veins with the use of a laser. But just like injecting a solution, the laser also works by collapsing the vein’s walls.

 

 

As a new year is about to begin, choose to care about vein health. It’s not easy suffering from varicose veins and keeping proper vein health will help with preventing them from making an appearance, and it doesn’t require too much effort.

 

 

 


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The Most Effective Treatments for Varicose Veins

 

Varicose veins aren’t pretty. Although you may think of them as a cosmetic issue, there are instances when they become a health complication. The good news is that, either way, there is a varicose vein treatment best suited for the severity of your problem.

 

 

 

Varicose Vein Treatment

 

A doctor needs to perform a physical exam to determine the kind of treatment you’ll receive. It’s not uncommon that varicose veins be treated through self-care methods, such as avoiding long periods of standing or sitting, elevating legs, and wearing compression stockings, but you might need to undergo a non-invasive procedure if your varicose veins are accompanied with pain and aching.

 

 

The best varicose vein treatment option for you will depend on the severity of your problem. These are the most effective treatments for severe varicose vein troubles:

 

 

 

Sclerotherapy

 

This treatment involves injecting a solution into the vein which causes it to scar and then collapse. As a result, blood is forced to travel through other healthier veins. The vein that closed is then absorbed back into the tissue, eliminating the unsightly vein from your legs.

 

 

It takes a few weeks before results of sclerotherapy sessions to take effect. In some instances, it might even take a full month. And for some cases, multiple sessions may be needed to fully treat gnarled veins.

 

 

Sclerotherapy is often recommended for removing varicose veins that are small to medium in size.

 

 

An alternative to conventional sclerotherapy is foam sclerotherapy which can be used to treat larger veins. This procedure still uses a solution but that solution is turned into a foam before being injected into the vein. It is guided by ultrasound and may cause the vein to spasm rather intensely.

 

 

 

Phlebectomy

 

The process involved in this procedure is called “stripping”. Like the name suggests, this involves “stripping” away varicose veins. Unlike sclerotherapy, this one involves making small incisions and therefore can result in some scarring. Since this involves making incisions on the skin, recovery time may take longer.

 

 

Thermal ablation

 

Also called radiofrequency (RF) ablation, this procedure is non-invasive and makes use of RF energy to heat the collagen found in the offending vein. This leads to the vein collapsing and then shutting down. Just like the results of sclerotherapy, blood is re-routed to veins that are much healthier.

 

 

This procedure is an outpatient procedure. Meaning, there is very little downtime. You can be back doing regular tasks in around one to two days. Since the procedure may hurt, a local anesthesia will likely be used for your comfort.

 

 

 

Choosing a Varicose Vein Treatment

 

You might still need a little help deciding the varicose vein treatment that is right for you even after reading about the different options. That’s what medical professionals are here for: to collaborate and guide you in making the right decision.

 

 

A vascular surgeon will also ask you about your current condition or any medication you are taking at the moment in order to give you the best recommendations. To learn more about the different treatment options available, get in touch with San Diego Vascular Center today.

 

 

 


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What Is Foam Sclerotherapy?

There are different varicose vein or spider vein removal methods, each of them suited to a particular level of severity. Foam sclerotherapy is one of the options available if you want to eliminate varicose veins for cosmetic or medical reasons. What exactly is it and how does it differ from other procedures?

 

 

 

What does Foam Sclerotherapy Entail?

 

You may have heard or read about sclerotherapy as a varicose vein removal treatment. It is a procedure that involves injecting a solution directly into a problematic vein. The purpose of the solution is to irritate the vein’s lining, causing it to collapse. Eventually, the closed down vein transforms into scar tissue, leaving skin looking better than before.

 

 

Foam sclerotherapy is a variation of that method. Although it’s much newer, the process followed remains more or less the same. One difference lies in the solution being injected.

 

 

Conventional sclerotherapy involves the direct injection of a solution into an offending vein. Foam sclerotherapy, on the other hand, involves turning that solution into a foam before injecting it into a vein. An advantage it has over the conventional method is that less solution may be needed to achieve results.

 

 

Just like conventional sclerotherapy, the severity of the varicose vein problem determines the number of sessions needed for treatment. It usually takes more than one session for spider vein removal.

 

 

Recovery time after undergoing foam sclerotherapy also takes weeks. In some cases, a month may be needed before skin is rid of unsightly veins.

 

 

 

During the Procedure

 

You need to be evaluated by your doctor before the procedure is carried out. While foam sclerotherapy is generally a safe procedure, it’s always better to be sure there are no complications. You will be asked about your medical history and a physical exam will be conducted.

 

 

Specifically, your legs will be examined to determine the severity of your varicose vein problem. An ultrasound of the leg will be performed – this process usually takes around 30 to 45 minutes – followed by a discussion on treatment recommendations.

 

 

On the day of your procedure, you will be asked to bring a pair of shorts and compression stockings. You can expect a bit of pain since the process involves inserting a needle into a vein. However, the pain will be minimal.

 

 

The feeling can be likened to a burning sensation followed by an itchy feeling. This usually subsides in a few minutes.

 

 

 

After the Procedure

 

Although foam sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure, it doesn’t mean you’re free to get back to doing regular tasks straightaway. There are some things you have to do post-procedure, and these will be detailed to you by your doctor.

 

 

You will have to wear compression stockings during the day and night immediately following your procedure. After that, you can wear the stockings during the day.

 

 

Rigorous exercise is strictly prohibited during the first week. However, you will be advised to take daily walks.

 

 

 

Foam sclerotherapy is an effective spider vein removal method that is non-invasive and results in better looking skin in a few weeks. San Diego Vascular Center has board-certified vascular and general surgeons who use advanced, cutting-edge treatments to ease any suffering from varicose veins. Get in touch today to learn more.

 

 

 


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Newer Therapies or Treatments for Spider Veins

Spider veins may be harmless but they can cause some pain, especially for those whose job involves standing for long periods. Not only do they inflict some level of pain, people can be conscious about its appearance on their legs. As such, many opt for spider vein treatment San Diego to get rid of the unsightly veins.

 

 

The attempt to “cure” someone of spider veins created a market for creams, concealers, and serums – a market that spanned the globe. Many of these treatments claimed to contain vitamin K, which is an anti-hemorrhagic that reduces blood from spilling and therefore prevents the appearance of spider veins.

 

 

While going for a topical may seem cost effective for some, others prefer to go for the more expensive surgical procedures.

 

 

Sclerotherapy

 

This kind of vein treatment involves injecting the offending vein with a solution that irritates, causing the lining to collapse. In the past, compounds such as iron and mercury were used but the side effects were questionable at best. Today, solutions based on saline are used and an advanced form that uses foam is also an option.

 

 

The solution that is injected into the veins scars it and leads to its closure. As a result, blood finds another path to a much healthier vein. The “spider-like” appearance on the legs disappear in a few weeks’ time. However, this is a treatment that needs repeat visits in order to effectively treat spider veins.

 

 

This treatment doesn’t need the help of anesthesia and can be performed in an office setting. Rest is recommended after the procedure, with full recovery expected in about two weeks. However, it may take longer if the treatment was performed on both legs.

 

 

Laser treatments

 

While sclerotherapy requires the use of needles, this form of vein surgery doesn’t. This treatment is performed by using laser on the vein, which eventually leads it to fade and disappear. Like sclerotherapy, full recovery may take a few weeks and also involves multiple visits.

 

 

Post-surgery care

 

Since these procedures can be done without having a hospital admission, you would think that recovery would be quick. That isn’t the case. Yes, these surgeries aren’t that invasive but you still need time to recover.

 

 

In fact, you might feel some levels of pain in the few hours after you’ve had spider vein treatment San Diego. While some pain can be managed without medication, you can take a pain reliever if you find it uncomfortable.

 

 

When the pain wears off, you might be tempted to get back into your old activities. However, that is ill-advised as you have to make sure the wounds have totally healed before engaging in any strenuous activities.

 

 

Compression stockings are your friend post-surgery. They help improve blood flow and they make you feel better too. While you’re recovering, it would be best to avoid standing or sitting for long hours. You might even need to avoid getting behind the wheel for the first 48 hours at least.

 

 

You don’t have to suffer from spider veins since there spider vein treatment San Diego available to get rid of them. Get in touch with San Diego Vascular Center today to discuss the best treatment options for you!

 

 


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Some of the Newer Therapies following Varicose Vein Removal or Treatment

Varicose veins may be unsightly but they can often lead to more serious problems down the line. Some people may not be bothered dealing with these “spider-like” appearances in their lower extremities, but others feel pain or experience skin damage. Instances such as these demand San Diego Vascular Center’s varicose vein removal Orange County.

 

 

There are different treatment options for varicose veins and they fall under two categories: conservative methods and invasive interventions. The conservative form of treatment usually includes compression therapy, leg elevation, weight loss, and pharmacological therapy. If none of these procedures are effective then there’s an option to go for newer, more invasive vein treatments.

 

 

Vein Therapies for Varicose Vein Removal Orange County

 

The term “invasive procedure” may sound the alarm bells in your mind, but methods that fall under this category aren’t completely invasive. In fact, endovenous laser treatment only takes between 45 to 60 minutes to complete and doesn’t require a hospital stay.

 

 

Sclerotherapy

 

In this varicose vein removal method, medication is injected into the vein to deliberately cause endothelial damage, fibrosis, inflammation, or occlusion. This leads to the unwanted vessels to be absorbed.

 

 

The sclerosant, which is the injected medication that causes irritation, comes in two forms: detergents and osmotic agents. The latter involves solutions that dehydrate endothelial cells, leading to their death. The former, on the other hand, still inflicts endothelial damage but the solution is much stronger since it is used on much larger veins.

 

 

Foam sclerotherapy

 

This is a more advanced version of sclerotherapy where a detergent is combined with air or carbon dioxide to increase the contact time between it and the endothelial surface. Using a detergent as a sclerosant is strong enough, but this solution is stronger and also used in treating larger veins.

 

 

Endovenous ablation

 

A hospital admission isn’t needed to undergo this procedure since it can be done in an office setting with the help of a local anesthetic. The procedure involves closing the offending veins – the saphenous and the perforator – without removing them. A catheter is inserted into the saphenous vein where a vein closure method is delivered to close it. This procedure is also done with the help of an ultrasound machine.

 

 

Endovenous laser ablation or EVLA is one of the vein closure methods that can be used. It involves the application of heat to the vein and as such, can be a painful procedure.

 

 

After Surgery Care

 

 

Outpatient procedures usually require a bit of rest but bear in mind that you may experience pain but not of a severe variety. The dressings should remain in place for at least 24 to 48 hours. While you can shower, make sure the water isn’t too hot; swimming in public places or taking a bath is prohibited until the surgical wound has fully healed.

 

 

The presence of varicose veins don’t have to bother you. There are different treatment options to get rid of them, including minimally invasive procedures, like sclerotherapy. If you want varicose vein removal Orange County, get in touch with San Diego Vascular today so we can discuss the treatment best suited for you.

 

 


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Acute and Chronic Wounds and Some Procedures for Healing

Wound care treatments depend on the severity of your wounds. Whether it’s a small scrape or an extreme cut, each one needs some attention and care to make way for proper healing. Otherwise, you can be at risk for infection.

 

Doctors check and assess a patient’s wound first before they determine the type of treatment that it needs. Usually, it would depend on the wound’s classification: acute or chronic. Here are their differences.

 

Acute vs. Chronic Wounds

 

Wound care classifies wounds as acute or chronic. While there’s no standard definition for the two, each one is easily distinguished. The easiest way to know is through its healing period.

 

Acute wounds have a short duration of healing. From getting the wound, it should go through the normal stages of healing: hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling. This wound often shows signs of healing in four weeks or less.

 

Chronic wounds, on the other hand, don’t go through a normal healing process. If it’s not showing all the signs of a normal healing process after four weeks, then it requires professional attention. Wounds often become chronic for a few possible reasons: inflammation due to infection, hypoxia, poor nutrition, and some others.

 

Common Wound Care and Treatment

 

As mentioned, wound care depends on the wound’s current state. To be familiar with the possible procedures for healing, here is a couple of the most common wound care treatments available.

 

Clean Surgical Wound Treatment – This is the first treatment you get right after your injury. Ideally, your wound requires treatment right away. However, in some cases, this procedure is doable within the first eight hours of injury.

 

Skin grafting – Often performed to close a wide-open wound. Other than that, it stops electrolyte and fluid loss and reduces the risk of infection. There are two types of skin graft: the full thickness and the split-thickness skin graft.

 

Possible Risks, Complications, and Their Treatment

 

Sometimes, despite best efforts, complications happen on the wound after treatment. To raise awareness, here are some of those complications or risks and how doctors will treat them.

 

Hematoma and Seroma – When coagulation fails, blood or serum collects itself. If this happens, the wound area can have pain, swelling, as well as drainage. If the complication becomes large and symptomatic, the wound will need exploring, draining, and packing.

 

Fascial dehiscence – This complication is an example in abdominal surgical incisions. It brings fascial disruption when tension occurs in the abdominal wall and causes to overcome tissue or suture strength. Early dehiscence (less than 14 days) often requires exploration and debridement and should prevent late dehiscence from occurring.

 

Self and Home Wound Care

 

Finally, wound care might depend on you. Keep in mind that your wound and its healing relies on how quickly you get treatment. After an injury, seek medical care as soon as possible.

Once you get initial treatment, follow your doctor’s orders for self or home care in order to make way for proper healing.

 

In the end, always remember that you should always turn to your doctors if you have any concerns about the care, treatment, and healing of your wound.

 

 


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Questions You Might Ask Yourself and Your Doctor before Spider Vein Removal

When it comes to medical procedures, it always helps to know what to prepare for or what to expect. If you’re looking for spider vein removal Orange County, the same principle applies. If you have spider veins and are thinking about getting treatment for it, you probably have some questions about your condition and the procedure you’re about to undergo.

 

For you to understand more about these things, let’s look into some of the questions that you might have in mind.

 

What Are Spider Veins?

 

Spider veins are tiny spider-like veins that commonly appear either on the face or legs. These are small dilated blood vessels located close to one’s epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). Their appearance or color usually differ from one person to another. Usually, it’s red, purple, or blue.

 

Now, you might wonder if you should worry if you have them. Generally, it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. It usually isn’t a health hazard. However, it can cause a dull aching in the legs or become worse and develop into a more serious venous disease after prolonged standing periods.

 

What are my options for treatment?

 

While not everyone may be seeking spider vein removal Orange County, specialized treatment options are available. If you’re deciding to remove these veins or it has been medically advised by your doctor to undergo treatment, you can either choose laser/light therapy or sclerotherapy.

 

Sclerotherapy is a treatment option done by injection. With a solution, it directly inserts into the vein and then that causes it to scar and collapse. After that, the blood that caused the dilation reroutes towards healthier veins and eventually, the affected ones will fade and heal.

 

Laser/light therapy, on the other hand, is the non-invasive type of procedure that attacks the veins externally using light energy. This non-toxic spider vein removal procedure mainly destroys unwanted cells and veins.

 

How often do I need treatment?

 

Treatment plans are often varied and depend on the patient’s initial assessment. During your consultation, your doctor will establish the type of care that you need and how many follow-ups are required.

 

For you to have the best course of treatment, you need to look for a doctor that has more than enough experience in dealing with this type of condition. This way, you’ll know that he or she is someone you can trust.

 

Will my insurance cover it?

 

As a rule of thumb, cosmetic and experimental services are generally not covered by a standard HMO plan. Sometimes, other plans cover procedures like this based on medical necessity. So perhaps, the safest answer is, it would depend on either your condition or insurance plan.

 

Since spider vein removal procedures are often ruled out as a cosmetic procedure, it’s possible that you have to cover the costs out of pocket. However, to be sure, you can ask your insurance provider or doctor for clarity.

 

The bottom line is, you can always turn to your doctors if you have any concerns before, during, and after the procedure. This way, you’ll know what to prepare for during the course of your spider vein removal Orange County treatment.

 

 


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