Your veins are our business. We are the North State’s only center offering comprehensive vein therapy by Board Certified specialists. Using one of several techniques, we will treat your painful or unsightly spider or varicose veins in a comfortable environment. Reclaim your confidence. Our non-surgical vein therapies are popular treatments, because they provide results you can see and feel.
- What are Varicose Veins?
- What are Spider Veins?
- Endovenous Laser Treatment
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
- Foam Sclerotherapy
- Our Technology
You don’t have to live with problem veins. While most veins cause only cosmetic problems, some cause pain, swelling, and other medical afflictions. Our therapy options drastically improve the cosmetic appearance and relieve unwanted symptoms associated with veins.
What are Varicose Veins?
Veins carry blood upward, against gravity toward the heart and have one-way valves to prevent the blood from backing up. Over time, the valves can fail to close tightly, allowing blood to pool and cause varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged, bulging superficial veins near the surface of the skin. They usually develop in the arms and legs due to weakness of the vein wall and poor functioning valves. Varicose veins are most commonly located on the inside of the calf or thigh. Over time, they continue to enlarge and may stretch out, twist, pouch, and thicken. Although the symptoms of varicose veins are normally only cosmetic, they are known to cause discomfort such as ankle or leg swelling, cramps, and itching,
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are tiny, dilated veins on the surface of the skin. Usually less than one millimeter in diameter, spider veins are more visible on fair skinned people and most commonly in females. They are generally located on the back of the thigh and just below the knee, appearing as a collection of fine, bluish/red circles. Spider veins can appear spontaneously and are symptom free.
It’s important to know which vein therapy is best for you. Learn more about our treatment options below or call us at 530.245.5945 to schedule your complimentary vein evaluation. We will help you feel comfortable in your own skin (again).
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Endovenous laser treatment (also called EVLT or endovenous laser ablation) treats varicose veins using a special laser. The laser is inserted into the vein to heat the lining, damage the vein, and cause it to shrink and later be reabsorbed by the body. This treatment is safe, because varicose veins are superficial and not necessary to the function of carrying blood to the heart. EVLT is performed in very little time and most patients see results within two to six weeks.
Radiofrequency ablation (or radiofrequency occlusion) is a treatment for varicose veins using radiofrequency waves. During this treatment, a catheter is inserted into the affected vein under ultrasound guidance. Radiofrequency waves are directed through the catheter into the vein. This damages the vein, causing it to collapse, shrink, and later be reabsorbed by the body. Treatments usually take less than an hour and most patients see results within two to six weeks.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove medium-sized varicose veins. This treatment is performed using tiny incisions and needle hooks to remove the affected veins. The incisions made during this process are very small and don’t require stitches. Patients experience less pain and faster recovery from this procedure than the alternative, surgical phlebectomy treatment.
Sclerotherapy is the most popular treatment for spider veins. During sclerotherapy, a chemical is injected into the affected vein using a needle. The chemical causes the vein to scar and later be reabsorbed by the body. Sclerotherapy is a quick and relatively painless procedure. Although results are visible within a few weeks, some patients require additional sessions to make veins completely disappear.
Foam sclerotherapy is a type of treatment to remove larger varicose veins. Guided by ultrasound, foam sclerotherapy is a technique that injects a foam-like solution (with a consistency similar to shaving cream) into the affected veins. This process causes the treated veins to scar, harden, close, and later be reabsorbed by the body.
As a center specialized in vein therapy, we don’t believe in taking shortcuts. We invest in the latest laser equipment to support accurate treatments and optimal outcome for our patients. The Cutera Excel V™ is our system of choice. This award-winning laser technology is known for precision and flexibility, combining two best-in-class laser wavelengths in one device and supporting a variety of vein treatments. Excel V™ is successful in treating abnormal blood vessels (veins), because they absorb the laser, collapse, and seal shut. Over time the veins are no longer visible.