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Here at the Face and Body Center, we address two different types of vein problems. Spider Veins and Varicose Veins.
Spider veins are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop close to the surface of the skin. They are often red, blue, or purple; and their short-jagged lines have the appearance of a spiderweb or tree branch.
Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged veins that appear most often on the legs. They are typically blue, purple, or skin-colored; and they appear as dilated, twisting and bulging vessels that may be raised above the surface of the skin.
An appointment for consultation is the first step toward treatment and restoring your legs. During your initial consultation there will be a simple physical screening and if needed, a vein ultrasound will be done to allow for visualization of veins and their venous flow assessment, along with determination of the status of the deep, superficial, and perforator veins. Photoplethysmography allows for determination of the lower extremity venous refill time (VRT), to discern the individual contribution of superficial and deep vein insufficiency. The screening is painless and will take just under an hour.
The two treatments we offer for both spider and varicose veins are sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment used to chemically ablate superficial veins, such as spider veins.
This procedure uses tiny needles to inject a liquid or foam chemical agent into visible surface veins. The injected chemical solution shows immediate results and causes the treated veins to shrink and collapse over time.
Endovenous Laser Ablation
The endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) procedure involves thermal ablation of a varicose vein using laser energy delivered through a tiny laser fiber within a targeted vein segment. Unlike vein stripping, the EVLA procedure permanently shrinks and collapses the abnormal vein, thereby leaving it in place without having to surgically removing the vein.
Your procedure should be covered by insurance if determined by our ultrasounds that you are suffering from the following:
- There is demonstrated perforator reflux; AND
- The superficial saphenous veins (greater, lesser, or accessory saphenous and symptomatic varicose tributaries) have been previously eliminated; AND
- Ulcers have not resolved following combined superficial vein treatment and compression therapy for at least 3 months; AND
- The venous insufficiency is not secondary to deep venous thromboembolism.
Schedule a consultation today with our Jackson, MS vein treatment specialists to see how we can help you get rid of those pesky spider and/or varicose veins.