Vein Treatments in New York and New Jersey
Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey offer vein treatments to the residents of New York and New Jersey.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Varicose and spider veins are caused by veins that are close to the surface of the skin that have been damaged (by any of numerous possible causes) so that blood no longer flows easily through them. Spider veins are like varicose veins, but they are smaller in diameter and tend to have a reddish purple color.
At Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists, we combine injections (sclerotherapy) with the use of lasers to treat veins of various sizes. Blue veins are typically treated with sclerotherapy; smaller red ones are often treated with a Nd:YAG or other lasers. Larger varicose veins are often treated with an endovenous laser approach.
Dr. Goldberg injects a special solution into the affected veins. The solution causes the veins to collapse, and the veins are then absorbed by your body. Once the damaged veins are destroyed, your body re-routes blood through healthy veins.
Laser treatment is a non-invasive treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. The laser energy heats the damaged vein causing it to seal shut. Over time, your body absorbs the vein. Laser treatment is safe for most skin types, and patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure.
Endovenous laser ablation:
Unlike sclerotherapy, this process seals the veins with an energized current instead of a chemical solution. This approach has been a huge breakthrough, replacing surgery for the vast majority of patients with severe varicose veins. This technique is not very invasive.
In the procedure, a miniature catheter is threaded into a main surface vein feeding all the little abnormal surface veins. Once inside, the catheter sends out laser energy that shrinks and seals the vein wall. As blood flow through this main vein is shut off, so too is blood flow through the connecting varicose and spider veins. Over time, these bad veins shrink and disappear. Furthermore, regular blood flow is rerouted to deeper veins that are healthy. When needed, any surface varicose/spider veins that persist after the procedure can be treated with sclerotherapy or other techniques.
The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia. Patients are encouraged to walk the day of the procedure. Slight bruising and swelling are the most common side effects. In some situations, this technique is covered by insurance.
How common are abnormal leg veins?
Your risk for developing abnormal leg veins depends on several factors, such as age, gender, medical history and current medical conditions. Obesity, pregnancy and certain professions place you at greater risk for developing abnormal leg veins because of the pressure placed on your legs, which affects proper blood flow back to your heart. People with fair skin are more likely to develop spider veins as a result of sun exposure.
Are varicose veins and spider veins painful or dangerous?
Spider veins typically present a cosmetic concern, but varicose veins can be painful. Your legs may ache and feel very heavy. Other symptoms of varicose veins include burning, throbbing, cramping, swelling and itching. Patients with varicose veins may also develop open skin ulcers, which may increase their discomfort.
How can I prevent varicose veins and spider veins?
Heredity may play a role in your risk for spider veins and varicose veins, but there are some things that you can do to minimize your risk. If you stand for long periods of time, take frequent breaks to rest and elevate your legs. Proper diet and exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight. Women should avoid wearing high heels and tight hosiery. People with light skin should use sunscreen on their faces while outdoors to prevent spider veins on their cheeks.
Is this procedure covered by insurance?
Typically, treatment of mild cases of spider veins is NOT covered by insurance and is considered cosmetic. They can be treated with lifestyle modification, the use of elastic support stockings, injection sclerotherapy and laser therapy. Costs for sclerotherapy are out of pocket expenses. However, if you fail three months of stocking therapy combined with sclerotherapy, you have progressive symptoms such as pain, swelling, and changes in skin texture or color and you have an ultrasound examination documenting that you have abnormal blood flow in your veins, further treatments, such as laser endovenous ablation, may be covered by your health insurance. You should discuss this with our physicians and staff physician on the day of your consultation.
What is the Cost of Vein Treatment in New York and New Jersey?
The price of vein treatment varies for each person depending on the extent of treatment necessary. Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey accepts CareCredit as a financing option.
How Do I Get Started?
Dr. Goldberg and his staff will be happy to discuss vein treatment with you. Please feel free to call for a private consultation at one of our offices in New York or New Jersey.
Dr. Goldberg and his staff at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey provide personalized care to residents of New York and New Jersey with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, call (201) 490-4326 to speak with our friendly staff.November 26, 2013