Usually caused by weakened or damaged valves or vein walls, varicose veins are generally not a serious health concern but must be evaluated by a vein specialist. Although many people who have varicose veins just have what they consider an unsightly cosmetic issue, some may suffer from leg pressure and pain when walking. There is no cure for varicose veins. But along with several preventative measures, many non-invasive treatments will help reduce their appearance and perhaps help keep them away.
Regardless of the treatment used, several risk factors, some avoidable, may cause varicose veins to return. These include age, family history, lifestyle, and overall health. As varicose veins are cardiovascular, keeping active and maintaining good heart health will only help any treatment option.
If the varicose veins are severe enough, there are mildly-invasive options that will quickly reduce their size and appearance. However, Dr. Lee and the team at LA Vein Center in Sherman Oaks, CA, specialize in non- and minimally-invasive but very effective treatment methods for varicose veins.
Three methods Dr. Lee specializes in are Sclerotherapy, Radiofrequency Ablation, and Microphlebectomy. Each of these has a very high success rate and requires very minimal and easy recovery. With Sclerotherapy, ultrasound imaging is used with the sclerosant solution that causes veins to collapse and eventually disappear.
Radiofrequency Ablation involves the use of a small catheter to heat vein walls and redirect blood flow to nearby healthier veins. Although slightly more invasive than topical treatments or Sclerotherapy, Radiofrequency Ablation can be completed in the office and usually takes less than an hour. There is also less pain, less bleeding, and a shorter recovery time than other treatments.
Microphlebectomy, also a simple in-office procedure, involves using local anesthesia and light sedation while Dr. Lee uses special instruments and tools to remove the varicose sections of veins through small incisions that rarely require stitches.
Whether you are looking to treat, or prevent varicose veins, contact Dr. Lee and the team at LA Vein Center in Sherman Oaks, CA at 818-325-0400, or visit www.laveincenter.com to discuss a treatment plan specific to you and your needs.