Say Goodbye to Varicose and Spider Veins
New Cutting Edge Treatments Are Painless with No Downtime
This is article is sponsored by the Vein Treatment Center
Over 50% of women suffer from unsightly varicose and/or spider veins. The good news is that medical technology has advanced dramatically in the past couple of decades, and varicose and spider veins can now be treated non-invasively, with no pain, and no downtime. One of the pioneers in vein treatments is Dr. Luis Navarro who founded the Vein Treatment Center in NYC in 1982, making it one of the first and only facilities to exclusively dedicate its efforts to the treatment of venous disorders. Here is some invaluable information from Dr. Navarro that will help you make an informed decision on treatments.
What’s The Difference Between Varicose and Spider Veins?
Weak vein valves and vein walls are the primary cause of vein issues.
In the case of varicose veins, weak vein valves are unable to prevent blood from flowing in the wrong direction (reflux), so the blood leaks back down the legs and pools in the leg veins. This pooling causes the veins to protrude from the skin in a rope-like appearance, which are varicose veins. The increased venous pressure causes fatigue and heaviness, and eventually more serious problems including ulcers and bleeding.
Spider veins are simply enlarged capillaries, usually less than 2 millimeters in diameters also affected by venous pressure.
Spider and varicose veins coincide 60-80% of the time.
What Causes Varicose and Spider Veins?
While no one knows exactly or with certainty what causes varicose and spider veins, we do know that a number of factors can increase the likelihood of developing leg vein problems. We also know that the primary factor contributing to the development of varicose and spider veins is heredity or the genetic predisposition to weak vein walls and vein valves resulting in leg vein problems.
There are also a number of lifestyle variables known to accelerate and aggravate the development of varicose or spider veins:
- Birth Control Pills
- Hormone Replacement Therapies
- Lack of Exercise
- Prolonged Sitting or Standing
Is It Common For Women To Develop Both Varicose Veins And Spider Veins?
Prevention & Maintenance
Leg vein problems develop for many reasons, which are beyond our control; however, we can still take charge of our leg health and delay or prevent, in some cases, the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins. The amount of exercise we get, the clothes we wear, the foods we eat, and the way we control our body chemistry contributes a great deal to leg vein health. Read more.
Can Woman Prevent Spider Veins?
Painless Treatments with No Downtime
Modern advancements in medical treatment of varicose and spider veins have made treatments safe and effective. While there are various methods of treatments, and the best-suited for you will depend on a number of factors, at the Vein Treatment Center sclerotherapy, or ‘injection therapy’, is the most common treatment for spider and varicose veins on the legs.
Painless ‘Cryo’ Sclero
At the Vein Treatment Center Dr. Navarro uses a procedure he invented called Cryo Schlerotherapy which uses cold (cryo) to numb the skin which makes the schlerotherapy procedure painless! Watch Dr. Navarro with two of his patients on The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.
You can get the procedure on a lunch hour and return to the office. You’ll only need about 30 minutes. You can resume your regular daily activity immediately following treatment. You can exercise the next day and you typically do not have to wear compression hose either. There will be some bruising which lasts 2-4 weeks.
A picture’s worth a thousand words.
What does it cost?
The cost for a single sclerotherapy treatment at the Vein Treatment Center, usually about 40 injections, is $500. Most people require more than one treatment, and the average is about 3-4.
You can schedule treatments within the span of a few days – no long waits between treatments. Some patients have even had two treatments in one day.
How to Find a Doctor to Treat Your Veins?
If you are considering treatments for varicose or spider veins, Dr. Navarro says it is very important to find a doctor who deals exclusively or almost exclusively in veins. An excellent resource is the American College of Phlebology web site which will help you locate a qualified doctor in your area. Do your own research online and seek out personal recommendations.
Dr. Navarro is a pioneer in vein treatments. He founded the Vein Treatment Center in 1982, making it one of the first and only facilities to exclusively dedicate its efforts to the treatment of venous disorders. He is a Board Certified General Surgeon, and has pioneered numerous non-invasive procedures, including EVLT, Combined Therapies, and now Painless Sclerotherapy.