Should You Get a Cosmetic Treatment or Wait a Little Longer?
- Posted on: May 10 2021
Facial Redness, Spider Veins and Professional Advice
Put off treatment until a post-COVID-19 period? Or seek treatment now?
It’s a question that many people with varicose veins and spider veins are likely asking themselves. Such treatment may not necessarily be medically necessary, but it is often desired. So do you wait or schedule a consult now? Though we’ve yet to reach herd immunity from the virus and are still in a pandemic, know that it’s perfectly safe to have your vein issues treated now. In this post, we’ll explain why:
Herd Immunity Hasn’t Yet Been Achieved
“Don’t put off medical treatment that you want or need.”
While it’s true that it will likely be several more months before herd immunity is reached and we’re able to transition to a new post-COVID-19 normal, medical experts everywhere are encouraging Americans not to put off any type of medical treatment, elective procedures included. And while vein removal or vein treatment may be carried out for cosmetic purposes, keep in mind that one of the well-known symptoms associated with COVID-19 is vascular issues. The presence of varicose and other unsightly veins is often a byproduct of underlying issues or vein disease, which may become worse if you become infected. It reinforces the point of not putting off any type of treatment. When carried out safely and with the correct precautions (mask-wearing, handwashing, etc.), such treatments can be performed safely. We just ask that if you’re not feeling well or experiencing symptoms that may be indicative of COVID-19, you reschedule.
Types of Venous Problems
There are several types of venous problems that you may seek treatment for, but two of the most common are varicose veins and spider veins. Here’s a closer look at each of them:
It’s estimated that up to 30 million Americans have varicose veins, which are large, twisted, unsightly veins that appear close to the skin’s surface, typically on the legs. They’re caused by poorly functioning valves, which causes increased pressure and blood pooling in the vein. Varicose veins are painless for many people, while others experience burning and discomfort in and around the vein. There are several factors that can contribute to varicose vein development (obesity, sedentary lifestyle, age, etc.), but the biggest risk factor is family history.
Spider veins get their name because they have a spiderweb-like appearance. Like varicose veins, they appear when blood builds up and collects in the vein. However, unlike varicose veins, they often appear on the legs, chest and face. They often form due to hormonal changes, unprotected prolonged exposure to the sun or when excessive stress is regularly placed on the body.
Types of Vein Treatments We Offer
The good news is that when it comes to cosmetic treatments for varicose veins and spider veins, there are several effective, minimally invasive procedures that a vein specialist can carry out. Here’s a look at the vein treatments we offer:
Ideal for small to medium-sized veins, this procedure involves making small incisions in and around the vein and injecting it with a chemical solution or foam agent. These injections cause the vein to close and will eliminate it over time.
In some situations, it may be difficult for a vein specialist to zero in on the specific part of the vein that needs treatment. That’s where ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy comes in handy, as it can help find that specific part of the vein that requires treatment.
This minimally-invasive procedure is ideal for the removal of larger veins. It is characterized by making small incisions in the skin and then removing the damaged vein from the body.
This procedure involves administering heat to veins. This heat works to destroy the vein lining, leading to it shrinking and its eventual elimination over time.
An alternative to laser treatment, Clarivein uses a catheter to administer a combination of mechanical and chemical treatments to the impacted vein.
A convenient treatment, VenaSeal involves using a specially formulated medical adhesive to close off the vein.
Varithena uses a sclerosant foam to close off veins.
Endovenous Laser Therapy
Also known as EVLT, this minimally-invasive procedure is an alternative to vein stripping procedures. It works by administering a laser through a needle to close veins off.
Veinwave is a process that uses radiofrequency energy to attack and close off unsightly veins.
Often used on spider veins, laser ablation uses a laser to target unsightly veins. The laser damages the veins and causes them to recede over time.
Contact Your Closest Vein & Vascular Office in New Jersey
For more information on cosmetic treatments for varicose veins and spider veins and to meet our vein physicians in Vineland, Voorhees, Sewell and Lumberton, New Jersey, contact our practice today. We’re following all COVID-19 guidelines to treat our patients in a safe, yet effective way. Schedule a consult or contact us today to learn more.
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