It Starts With a Vein Evaluation
The path to better-looking legs for summer starts with a comprehensive vein evaluation. This examination by a team of vein specialists who will assess your veins and work with you to develop your personalized treatment plan.
Conservative Care and Lifestyle Changes
Conservative care and lifestyle changes are often the first steps you can take to improve your vein health. These measures can help your legs feel better and slow the progression of your vein problems.
The VSS ‘Better Veins for Life Principles’ include regular exercise, wearing medical grade graduated compression stockings to reduce discomfort and improve circulation, elevating your legs during rest, switching to flat footwear over heels to reduce the strain on your veins and healthy weight management.
Cosmetic Spider Vein Treatments
Spider veins are the small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of your skin. While not considered a medical issue by your insurance plan, spider veins may be associated with episodes of burning and stinging.
Around the globe, the main method of treating spider veins is cosmetic sclerotherapy. This procedure involves injecting a solution into these unsightly veins causing them to collapse and eventually disappear from view after a series of treatments. If you start during the winter, they will have time to fade before summer arrives. Many patients report more than 70% fading of the visible spider veins.
Certain spider veins, especially those on the face can be treated with special laser devices. Spider veins that do not respond to a sclerotherapy series may be candidates for laser therapy as well.
Varicose Vein Treatments
Varicose veins are 3 mm or larger, swollen veins. They are often visible or bulging veins but at times may be ‘hidden’ slightly beneath the skin level. They are often associated with symptoms of heaviness, swelling, aching, leg cramps, or restless legs
These unhealthy veins are treated with a variety of minimally-invasive, in-office procedures designed to meet the specific needs of each patient. These are very simple Walk-in, Walk-out® procedures that are performed under a gentle local anesthetic technique. Post-procedure treatment discomfort is minimal and can be controlled with OTC acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory meds for a quick return to normal daily activities of living.
Minimally-invasive varicose veins treatments include:
- Sclerotherapy: Similar to sclerotherapy for spider veins, we also utilize it in some varicose vein cases that are more complex.
- VenaSeal: This medical adhesive is designed to seal off saphenous veins and is minimally invasive.
- Varithena: Similar to sclerotherapy, Varithena is an injected foam treatment that treats difficult varicose veins affected by saphenous vein reflux.
- Endovenous Therapy: Using radiofrequency energy or laser therapy, this treatment effectively replaced vein stripping in 2000, and our practice was the first in Georgia to offer this revolutionary vein procedure. Endovenous therapy uses gentle heat energy to “shrink wrap” the vein and put a stop to venous reflux that leads to discomfort and bulging, unsightly veins.
- Phlebectomy: In some cases, tiny micro-incisions (2mm) are made to allow the removal of a bulging diseased varicose vein. These incisions rarely require stitches, with even the largest veins passing through them easily. Patients who receive this treatment will see immediate visual improvement following treatment.
Insurance for Varicose Vein Treatments
In some cases, insurance may cover your varicose vein treatments. If you have leg pain or swelling, restless legs at night, skin changes near your ankles, and/or have been diagnosed with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), then insurance may help cover the cost of treating these medical issues.
For vein treatments that are not covered by insurance, we offer flexible financing options so you can get started right away on your path toward better-looking legs for summer.