Leaders in cosmetic and therapeutic vein care
VeinSolutions at Ascension St. Vincent Carmel has board-certified vascular doctors delivering an innovative approach to vein care.
VeinSolutions is now part of St. Vincent Medical Group. Their board-certified vascular physicians have created an innovative approach to vein care using the latest technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of cosmetic and therapeutic vein conditions.
When veins are working properly, they return blood to the heart for reoxygenization. When their valves fail, leak or are damaged, some of the blood flows in a backward direction instead of toward the heart where is may collect in a pool. This can cause the veins to become distended, and that’s when you can get symptoms such as pain, burning, itching, throbbing and fatigue.
Varicose veins may also limit your ability to work or your capacity for leisure activities. Left untreated, varicose veins may cause serious health issues such as venous leg ulcers, skin discolorations or blood clots.
Spider veins are the ones you see closer to the skin’s surface that may appear small, threadlike and wispy. They may appear red or purple in color; however, reticular veins or “feeder” veins may appear bluish-green and can have a marbled appearance. Spider veins and reticular veins are generally considered a cosmetic condition and usually not covered by insurance.
Facial spider veins range in size from small, wispy red and purple veins to larger blue-green veins. The small veins are commonly seen on the nose, cheeks and chin. The larger veins may be found in the temple area, around the eyes and along the jaw line. These veins typically do not cause pain and are considered cosmetic.
Common vascular birthmarks are port-wine stains and hemangiomas. Port-wine stains, which are dark red or purple, consist of superficial and deep dilated capillaries in the skin and most often occur on the face but can appear anywhere on the body.
Rosacea begins as flushing and redness on the face, across the cheeks, nose, and forehead but can also affect the neck and chest. Other characteristics of rosacea may be dilation of the superficial blood vessels on the face with small red bumps.
Vein Care and Treatment Options
Radiofrequency VNUS Closure
VeinSolutions™ currently utilizes the radiofrequency VNUS Closure® procedure. This procedure is a minimally invasive treatment alternative for patients with a condition known as superficial venous reflux, which often results in varicose veins and other painful symptoms. Approximately 25 million people suffer from venous reflux. It’s is the treatment of choice to traditional vein stripping surgery.
The Closure procedure is an outpatient treatment performed in the outpatient department of the hospital, or surgical center. Local, regional, or general anesthesia may be used during the procedure. A thin catheter is inserted into the damaged vein through a small opening. The catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut. Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over and empty blood from the legs. As normal return flow is re-established, your symptoms should improve noticeably. Following the procedure, the catheter is removed, a compression bandage placed over the insertion site and your leg to aid healing. Recovery time varies, but most patients are walking the same day and return to work within three to five days.
Sclerotherapy is an injection treatment used to eliminate spider veins and reticular veins. These treatments are considered cosmetic and are not a covered benefit through your insurance provider. Patients can resume normal activities immediately after treatment. All of the sclerotherapy solutions are FDA approved, safe, effective and virtually pain-free. Several treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired outcome. Plan to schedule your treatment sessions four to six weeks apart, so it may take several months to achieve your optimal results.
Without needles or incisions, laser/light therapy treats facial spider veins, rosacea, and vascular birthmarks such as port wine stains and hemangiomas. Successful treatment of facial lesions may be accomplished with as little as one treatment but usually requires two to three treatments. The number of treatments needed to successfully treat vascular birthmarks varies depending on their size and density. The treatment is tolerated by most people with minimal discomfort. Patient preparation requires the area being treated be without sun exposure or the use of sunless tanning products for four weeks before and after each treatment.
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