Veins are the vessels that return blood to the heart once it has circulated through the body (as opposed to arteries, which carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body). They have one-way valves that help keep blood flowing in the proper direction. If these valves stop…
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are small, thin blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They appear most commonly on the legs, and may look like a series of lines, tree branches or a spider – or web-like shape, with a red or blue color. While most cases of spider…
Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, is a procedure that produces images of the inside of the body using high-frequency sound waves. These images are captured in real-time, and are able to show the structure and movement of blood flow…
Leg ulcers can be caused by inadequate blood flow from the arteries or the veins. Inadequate treatment or improper diagnosis could potentially lead to loss of limb. Because of this, the best person to evaluate a leg ulcer is a vascular surgeon who can treat both arteries and veins. Aside from…
How Common are Varicose Veins?
Statistics suggest that nearly three in 10 people will develop varicose veins in their lifetime. We most commonly see varicose veins in women, though it is not completely understood why. Some studies suggest that hormones have some influence on the risk of venous insufficiency.
What do Fillers Treat?
Soft tissue fillers are used for a wide variety of cosmetic concerns. Using specially-formulated fillers, we can achieve outstanding results that smooth lines and creases, add volume to thin or deflated lips, and add contour to the cheeks or jawline. In addition to wrinkle-reduction and lip or cheek augmentation, dermal fillers can also soften or eliminate the appearance of undereye puffiness or dark circles. Fillers are sometimes used to reduce the appearance of visible scars that look like small indentations in the skin.
Can Spider Veins Go Away on Their Own?
Spider veins are like tiny varicose veins. They are swollen with pooled blood because the valves that prevent backflow aren't working properly. Once the valves in a vein have become weak, they don't go back to full function. The blood that has pooled will remain in place, so the webs of veins that have formed will continue to be visible. You can work against the worsening of spider veins (and varicose veins) by staying active. Walking a few minutes a few times a day can help move blood up and out of the legs. You can also promote the upward flow of blood by elevating your legs when possible. We don't mean simply sitting in a recliner with your feet up. We mean elevating your lower legs to be higher than your heart. You can do this lying on the floor with your legs resting on a chair or with your legs up against a wall.
Can I Drink and Eat Before an Ultrasound?
Vein mapping is a conservative ultrasound test that takes just a few minutes. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about how to prepare. Typically, there are no precautions needed before a venous ultrasound. You may be clear to eat and drink normally before your appointment.
Will My Insurance Cover Vein Treatment?
Often, vein treatments are viewed as cosmetic in nature. Cosmetic vein treatments are not covered by insurance. For example, because spider veins do not tend to cause significant symptoms, the treatment of these types of visible veins would usually not receive insurance coverage. Severe varicose veins, on the other hand, might. This is entirely up to your insurance company. Each insurance provider may have different requirements that must be met before they agree to cover all or part of the cost of vein treatment. We suggest that you contact your insurance provider directly for more information.