Facts About Varicose Vein Laser Treatment

If the thought of showing off your legs gives you anxiety or makes you feel self-conscious because of varicose veins… If the pain you’re experiencing is affecting your life on a daily basis… If the discomfort you feel makes it hard to even get out of bed in the morning… it’s time you thought about varicose vein removal treatments. With a dedicated medical team of successful industry experts and the best vein doctor in Miami, Dr. Susan Fox, you will be in good hands with Fox Vein and Laser Experts.

Varicose veins are nothing to scoff at, and not simply a cosmetic issue. These types of veins are much larger and much more noticeable than smaller, spider veins. Because of their size, their expansion is larger, which can cause a lot of pain and swelling in the legs. Varicose veins often appear blue or purple in color, and are twisted or bulging, almost appearing like cords running through the legs. Thankfully, there are many ways to treat these unsightly veins and all of the pain and suffering that comes along with them.

With the help of Dr. Fox, you will be on your way to smooth, vein-free legs worthy of showing off. We offer various varicose vein treatment options at our offices in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood — options that do not require you to undergo surgery. Surgery can be a scary thing, and not everyone is exactly thrilled to go under the knife. Having non-surgical alternatives, such as what we offer at Fox Vein & Laser Experts, can ease the minds of those suffering from varicose veins, and give them comfort in knowing there is another way.

One treatment option in particular is a vein laser treatment, specifically used for deep varicose veins. Known as endovenous laser ablation(EVLA/EVLT), this non-surgical procedure involves the removal of veins without any need for cutting into the skin. Instead, a laser is placed inside the vein which then heats up the vein and closes it off. The blood then naturally moves through the healthy veins, and the varicose vein is eventually absorbed by the body and disappears.

EVLA is ideal for those with either large varicose veins that bulge from underneath the skin and cause pain and itching, or those with veins in the legs whose valves are not working correctly. During an EVLA/EVLT treatment, your doctor will numb the skin before inserting the laser fiber into the vein being treated. The laser then heats up slowly, its energy causing damage to the vein walls. The veins begin to shrink, and eventually will close. The entire procedure can take anywhere from fifteen to twenty minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. Afterward, a compression bandage is applied and should be worn for one week.

There are a lot of benefits to having this type of procedure done, aside from the most obvious fact that it requires no cutting or surgery. Not only will patients finally feel relief from all of the discomfort, aches and pains, and heaviness they may have been experiencing from your varicose veins, but you will have improved blood circulation and less risk of developing a stasis ulcer. You’ll also be met with a renewed sense of self confidence that you may not have had before due to the varicose veins plaguing your legs and causing you agony.

EVLA/EVLT is FDA-approved for the treatment of varicose veins, and has seen a 98 percent success rate. Only seven percent of cases have recurred after two years.

If you are still trying to decide between undergoing surgery for your varicose veins or having a non-surgical procedure done, we urge you to consider the differences. Varicose vein laser surgery recovery time can be as long as six weeks — longer if you have both legs treated — whereas the recovery time for EVLA/EVLT is quite minimal, with very little downtime needed. After an outpatient surgical procedure, doctors may ask you to rest for the remainder of the day. With EVLA/EVLT, patients are able to resume their normal daily routine right after treatment and are encouraged to walk as much as possible.

Varicose vein laser treatment aftercare includes following a routine of daily walking and exercise in order to promote good circulation in the legs. This is very important as the legs are working to remove the veins that were treated, and will prevent any kind of clotting from occurring. Dr. Fox suggests that her patients wear compression stockings for two to three weeks as part of the recovery process. She also recommends avoiding heavy weight lifting while the legs are still healing.

There is the possibility of varicose veins surgery complications, such as infections, pain, bleeding, bruising, nerve damage, redness, swelling, inflammation, blood clots, changes in color of skin over the treated vein, and burns. There are no scars after an EVLA/EVLT vein treatment, unlike surgery, which not only leaves scars, but also incision marks. The only symptom of the varicose vein laser treatment is a possibility of slight bruising, which is both normal and expected. Some may experience mild discomfort, but this is easily treated with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Motrin if necessary. These post-treatment symptoms will usually go away on their own within a few days.

Because of how quickly you recover from an EVLA/EVLT treatment, patients experience immediate relief from the symptoms they felt prior to the procedure.

When it comes to varicose veins laser treatment cost, it is likely that it’ll be covered by medical insurance and Medicare when it is deemed medically necessary, as in, the treatment is for a patient who shows symptoms that affect their daily life. Sometimes insurance carriers may require proof in order to determine whether a treatment is necessary for medical reasons. In these cases, there may be a requirement for the patient to go through a trial of support or wear compression stockings and take pain medication for a six-month period.

If you have been affected by varicose veins and are seeking out non-surgical varicose vein laser treatment options, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.