DVT: Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment

Vein disease exists in a variety of forms that can deeply impact your overall health. One of the most dangerous forms of vein disease is deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT. This serious condition is characterized by a blood clot that forms inside one of your deep veins in the body. The blood solidifies in the vein, causing potential harm. Most cases of DVT are observed to occur in the leg, more specifically the thigh or lower leg area. DVT may also be known as postphlebitic syndrome, post-thrombotic syndrome, and thromboembolism. Understanding more about DVT can help you better deal with this potentially fatal condition. Specifically, we encourage our patients to become familiar with the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment for DVT.

Risk Factors of DVT

As mentioned, DVT occurs when a blood clot has formed within your deep veins. This blood clot can interfere with the vein’s blood flow, preventing blood from reaching other areas of the body. This blood clotting can be the direct results of a few different factors.

Inactivity – One of the biggest risk factors associated with DVT is frequent inactivity. When you have been sitting frequently, the blood can start to pool inside your legs. Over time, this will cause blood flow in the legs to slow down, causing clots to start developing. Individuals with office or desk jobs can be at the biggest risk for this factor.

Surgery or Injury – Another primary risk factor for DVT is when your blood vessel or vein has sustained significant injury. Any direct injury can cause the vein wall to become narrow, resulting in reduced blood flow; blood clots are also formed from direct injury. Individuals can receive unwanted injury during surgery. Blood clots may also form if you are on extended bed rest with little movement.

Medication – The final primary risk factor we see for DVT is medication. Certain medications can causey your blood to thicken, resulting in increased risk of blood clots.

Symptoms of DVT

Blood clots in your veins can be difficult to track down but you will experience symptoms of deep vein thrombosis early on. Specifically, certain symptoms are commonly observed for individuals diagnosed with DVT and impact areas of blood flow. The most common symptoms typically include swelling around your foot and ankle. The swelling is observed on one side of the lower leg. This can also begin to cause cramping and severe pain in the impacted area. Another common symptom can be a warming sensation in the surrounding areas and red or blue discoloration.

Deep vein thrombosis can also impact other areas of the body such as the arms. Symptoms of this type of DVT include pain in the shoulder or neck. Swelling can also be seen in your arm or hand on the side impacted by the blood clot. Blueish color skin is common along with pain that can be felt moving up the arm. Overall, individuals with DVT in the arm typically experience weakness in their hand impacted by the blood clot. Treating these symptoms early is critical to avoid potential life-threatening complications such as blood clots found in the lungs.

Treatment for DVT

As you can see with the risk factors and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, it is a very serious health risk. Treatment for DVT is recommended as early as possible so you can avoid lethal developments such as a pulmonary embolism. Fortunately, the earlier you seek out treatment the better off you will be. Our treatments will focus on preventing the blood clot from growing or removing it completely. Here are some recommended treatments typical for DVT:

Medication – For less severe cases of DVT, you can expect to be prescribed medication to help prevent blood clots from growing. Specifically, the medication will work by thinning out the blood, making clots harder to form. Typical medication often includes heparin, enoxaparin, and warfarin. More severe cases may not respond to blood thinners and require further treatment.

Compression Stockings – By wearing compression stockings, you can prevent the swelling seen from DVT. These are worn below the knee and may help prevent blood clots from forming.

Blood Filters – Some individuals may not be able to take blood thinning medication. If that is the case, blood filters may be recommended. A filter is placed in the abdominal vein to make sure blood clots do not reach your lungs. These filters are recommended as a short-term solution and need to be removed eventually.

Surgical Treatments – More severe cases of DVT may require a surgical treatment to remove the blood clot. We offer state of the art laser treatment that will completely get rid of your blood clot while boasting a quick and easy recovery time.

We Take Your Vein Health Seriously

Each treatment takes into consideration your personal history so you can expect a successful treatment with the Laser Vein Center. Contact us today for a consultation if you think you might be suffering from any vein issues!

Announcing Office Hours & COVID-19 Update

We miss you and can’t wait to see you again soon…

We would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on how we will proceed with seeing patients.  First, it is important to understand that while St. Charles County has authorized the re-opening of most businesses, this is not a green light to go back to “business and usual” and disregard safety measures such as observing social distancing rules, staying six feet apart, wearing a mask, hand washing, and other safety protocols.

Our plan is to resume patient care cautiously by following state and local municipality regulations, and St. Charles County Health Department requirements.  We are also following the recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), AMA (American Medical Association) and the guidance from the  AVLS (American Venous and Lymphatic Society), ACCS (American College of Cosmetic Surgeons), and ACP (American College of Physicians).   

Dr. Wright continues to receive updates several times a day from BJC, SSM, and Mercy Hospital Systems and he is watching for a consecutive fourteen day decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in St. Charles County, St. Louis County, and the City of St. Louis to determine when it will be safe to resume cosmetic and aesthetic appointments.

We are very confident in our ability to offer our patients treatment in a tightly controlled medical office and surgery center, where our safety protocols to protect our patients and staff far exceed those in a salon, day spa or med spa without onsite medical supervision.  Because we limit the number of surgical procedures performed each day in our private surgery center, we are able to provide the highest level of safety which far exceeds standards in other surgery centers that see 10+ patients per day.    

We will begin seeing cosmetic surgical patients the week of May 18 and phase in some cosmetic vein patients as our schedule and staffing allows.  We understand your eagerness to resume aesthetic and cosmetic treatments; however, most of these procedures (microdermabrasion, IPL,  injectables and fillers) involve treating the face, which makes these treatments extremely dangerous for our staff to perform and the patient receiving the treatment due to the close proximity required to perform these treatments.    We will resume these treatments when staff members that perform them feel it is safe for them to do so or as Dr. Wright’s schedule allows (injectables and fillers).

To maintain the six-foot social distancing requirements, we will be scheduling staff to work on certain days and limiting the number of in-office appointments each day.  We will only schedule certain types of appointments on specific days.  We will also not overlap appointment times so that patients do not come in contact with other patients.  We will be prioritizing patients that had appointments in March, April, and May based on the type of appointment and treatment.  We will continue to offer patients virtual appointments for consultations and some medical appointments.

For the foreseeable future, we have initiated the following additional precautions for patients coming into the office.

  • Before coming into the office for an appointment, you will need to electronically sign a COVID-19 informed consent.  Please be sure we have your email so that we can send the consent electronically prior to your appointment.
  • DO NOT come to the office If you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, if you have been exposed to anyone that has symptoms or has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  Symptoms include:
    • Fever
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Dry Cough
    • Body Aches
    • Chills
    • Other Flu Like Symptoms
    • Pneumonia
  • When you arrive for your appointment, you MUST call the office (636-397-4012) and let us know that you have arrived.  We will ask you some screening questions and a staff member will meet you at the building entrance for a temperature check.  If you have a temperature over 100° or if we observe symptoms that are of concern, you will not be allowed in the office for your visit.
  • We ask that you bring a mask to your appointment.  If you do not have a mask, please let us know so that we can provide one for you.
  • >Only the patient may attend the appointment.  No spouses, children, other family members or friends will be allowed to accompany the patient to the appointment – NO exceptions.
  • You will be escorted directly to the exam room and instructed to use either hand-sanitizer or  wash your hands.
  • Staff members will wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times.
  • Payment for treatments will be taken prior to you receiving treatment. 
  • Payments for co-pay and patient balances will be taken at the office.  We will get payment from you in the exam room.
  • If additional appointments need to be scheduled, please call the office to schedule or request that we contact you to schedule.
  • We have always followed and continue to follow the highest standards for cleaning and sanitizing our office and exam rooms.  We have increased wiping down our common areas to a minimum of once per hour.
  • All staff members have been tested for COVID-19 and we will continue to test staff as appropriate.  We check temperatures of staff daily at the start of their shift. 

Are Cosmetic Clinic Closures Causing a Mental Health Risk?

The sudden onset of COVID-19 has shut down all non-essential businesses to help maintain social distancing, causing many cosmetic surgery offices to close or limit their hours and availability. These closures have made it impossible for some patients to receive treatments they would receive on a regular basis, such as injectable dermal fillers. One component of society that has not been a primary focus is those with conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder. Mental health conditions are severe disorders, especially during times of uncertainty. Clinical psychologist Dr. Gemma Sharp is expecting the current lockdown to greatly impact those who receive cosmetic procedures. While body dysmorphic disorder typically impacts 1% to 2% of the population, it can be as high as 15% for those who have had cosmetic procedures done.

How Great of an Impact

Dr. Sharp’s concerns are not just due to body image but what recent closures can cause individuals with body dysmorphic order to do. More severe cases may see these individuals reach a point where they try and create cosmetic treatments of their own. These treatments would use any kind of materials the individuals have access to. Not only is this thought concerning but potentially dangerous for the individual. Cosmetic treatments are successful when administered by a trained clinician. Having access to the right training and materials is required for all licensed elective surgery offices.

Individuals with body dysmorphic disorder may also look to completely isolate themselves, believing their appearance is not up to their standards. Such isolation can increase the underlying symptoms of depression that body dysmorphic disorder is associated with. While closing cosmetic surgery offices in a time like this is warranted, we cannot forget about our patients who may be dealing with issues outside of our comprehension.

The Global Effect of COVID-19

The increased potential of do it yourself treatments has also been witnessed in other parts of the world. Cosmetic injectables have become a popular option for individuals in Australia. The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery reports that the country spends approximately $350 million a year in procedures designed to reduce wrinkles. Dr. Oates, another clinician studying the effects of body image, believes now is the perfect opportunity to screen all patients. Understanding possible mental health issues can give an insight to the patient’s well-being when receiving elective surgery. The cosmetic industry is thinking more about how a regular screening tool can help identify those with body dysmorphic disorder.

A Holistic Approach in Gold Coast

One particular area of Australia that is notorious for elective treatments is Gold Coast, located in Queensland. While one would assume such a community would have a difficult time regarding the closure of their cosmetic surgery offices, some have seen quite the opposite. Local cosmetic practitioner Laura Malceski has seen patients reflect on more important issues to them. She reports that many patients’ concerns have shifted from physical appearance and more towards a community wide concern. Ms. Malceski is a registered nurse and is using her skills to assist in clinical triaging for possible COVID-19 cases in the area. She believes this pandemic will help the community continue to shift towards a holistic approach for community wide health. Social distancing and isolation has the possibility to increase symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Ms. Malceski recommends everyone to follow a healthy diet and exercise regime during this time. Her belief is that this holistic lifestyle can help those who are more at risk to depression during these difficult times.

What You Can Do from Home

As mentioned, some of the top medical experts in the field understand your concerns of the current pandemic. Following a healthy diet and getting in regular exercise is always recommended no matter what you are going through. The most important aspect for anyone with body dysmorphic disorder or any other mental health condition is to seek out the help you need. Take care of yourself during this difficult time so you can be ready for having life back to normal soon enough.

Ongoing Support from St. Louis Laser Veins

We understand the current pandemic associated with COVID-19 is a difficult time for everyone. We are following all universal infection procedures to maintain patient safety. While at this time we are limited to appointment and medical necessity visits you can continue to receive the care you expect from us. We will continue to provide Telehealth virtual appointments and consultations for any future treatments. The St. Louis Laser Vein Center wants to ensure the safety of all our patients. If you have any concerns or questions regarding a future procedure or your mental health, please do not hesitate to contact our staff.

Safety Measures & a Virtual Doctor Consultation

If you have been keeping track of the news lately, you may have noticed that the novel coronavirus is changing the world completely. The sudden onset of COVID-19 has brought the country to a screeching halt, including the cosmetic surgery industry, making sure appropriate changes are made. This can directly impact you if you have been planning on an elective surgery or operation. Fortunately, the cosmetic industry is making sure to take care of their patients through a virtual doctor consultation and improved safety standards implementing in each office. We are excited to announce similar plans for the St. Louis Laser Vein Center here in Missouri.

Safety Guidelines in Our Offices

The Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization have provided several different safety recommendations for how everyone can stay safe during the outbreak of COVID-19. Many of these safety recommendations and guidelines can easily be implemented in medical offices including our own. The first and most shared safety recommendation is establishing social distancing. This recommendation asks everyone to stay six feet away from one another. This distance allows individuals to be far enough from others who can spread COVID-19 through a sneeze or a cough. If you do need to sneeze or cough, make sure you do so in your elbow or into a tissue. Please do not be offended if we do not shake your hand but instead provide you with a comforting nod or smile to acknowledge you in the office.

An additional practice we will be implementing in our office is having additional hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes available. COVID-19 can spread through direct contact. By having additional sanitizing supplies on hand, we can make sure everyone entering the building can apply sanitizer to their hands. We have always ensured our patient rooms are cleaned before and after every visit. Every surface that you may come into contact with will be thoroughly cleaned. This includes the exam table, exam bed, counter tops, doorknobs, light buttons, chairs, handles, and anything else someone can come into contact with.

Just as we place utmost importance with our patient’s safety, we will do the same for our staff members as well. Our consultations with our patients will include questions regarding any symptoms of respiratory infections. If any patient has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or any other respiratory infection, we will ask them to reschedule their appointment. This is done to make sure each staff member is not exposed to COVID-19. We will also ask all patients to adhere to proper respiratory hygiene. This includes proper cough and hand hygiene and asking patients to wear face masks.

As you can see, we want to make sure all of our patients and staff remain safe once our doors are open again. When you choose the St Louis Laser Vein Center you will know your health and safety is taken into consideration.

Attend a Virtual Consultation

The nature of the COVID-19 crisis is changing every day, making offices such as ours figure out new ways to meet with patients. If you had a consultation or procedure scheduled for April, it can be disheartening having to reschedule. We want to make sure our patients are taken care of with virtual consultations to help you get started. A virtual consultation may be scary for those who hate technology or prefer an in-person meeting but our staff will make sure you are properly set up.

What makes our virtual consultation stand apart from all the others is the dedication our knowledgeable will have to you. The St. Louis Laser Vein Center is known for high quality procedures and state of the art technology used for every patient. Our virtual consultation will explain every step of your possible procedure before you commit to anything. A brief medical questionnaire will make sure you are an ideal candidate for the procedure being discussed. We will only recommend a procedure that you are an ideal candidate for to ensure your safety and successful results. Virtual consultations will also let you ask any questions you have regarding the procedure without having to leave your home. We understand the safety precautions of the current COVID-19 pandemic and our virtual consultations will follow all recommendations given by the CDC and WHO. Think of virtual consultations as your “social hour” but one dedicated to your upcoming cosmetic procedure you are looking for.

The Laser Vein Center is Here to Help You

Our staff is here to ensure your safety during this novel crisis. Take advantage of our top of the line safety precautions and virtual consultations making sure you stay safe. Call today to schedule your virtual consultation or schedule an upcoming procedure. Dr. Wright and his team will always be here to ensure your cosmetic procedure is handled with the utmost care and dedication.

Where Can Unsightly Spider & Painful Varicose Veins Appear?

Vein disease can appear in a variety of ways. The two most common forms of vein disease are varicose veins and spider veins. The causes of these vein issues are well known, and millions of Americans are impacted by them every year. While you may know how common these are you may not know all of the areas that spider veins and varicose veins can appear. Take a look at where spider veins and painful varicose veins can appear and what you can do to treat them:

Face

There is nothing more noticeable than having unsightly vein disease appear on your face. That’s right, vein disease is frequently seen on the face. The most common form of vein disease that will show up on the face is spider veins. This type of vein disease appears as thin lines or webs of blue, purple, and red veins. While spider veins are not directly harmful, they can mess with your overall appearance. You have two treatment options when it comes to treat spider veins. We specialize in VeinWave, an intense pulsed light treatment that is ideal for smaller veins such as spider veins. Laser energy eradicates veins just under the skin. A handheld device is directed over the face, making sure only the targeted area is treated. Most patients claim the sensation of the procedure is similar to a rubber band snap and little else. If you need to treat larger veins, then sclerotherapy will be recommended. This treatment uses an injectable solution, or sclerosant, into your veins that will cause them to break down and be absorbed back into the body.

Hands

Another common area for vein disease is your hand. While the face is more susceptible to spider veins, your hands are more prone to varicose veins. You may notice that as we age the veins in our hands will become more prominent. This appearance will only worsen if you develop varicose veins—bulging veins that appear ropelike. Varicose veins occur when your vein valves begin to weaken, causing blood flow to flow backwards. Fortunately, there are several treatment options for varicose veins to prevent any further health risks associated with them.

The first form of varicose vein treatment is Endovenous Laser Treatment. A small fiber is inserted into the damaged vein to deliver pulses of energy. This will cause your varicose vein to shut down and be absorbed by the body. Blood flow will be redirected to other veins we have in our hands. Varicose veins can also be treated with Radiofrequency Ablation. This procedure is similar to Endovenous Laser Treatment, but instead of shutting down the damaged vein with laser energy, this treatment uses radio frequency waves to treat the damaged vein.

Trunk

More severe forms of varicose veins can occur in an area of the body called the trunk. This vein type is the vein that runs from the trunk of the body up to your arms. Trunk varicose veins are common for men than for women. Trunk varicose veins are caused in similar ways to normal varicose veins when the vein valves stop working properly. Treatment for this type of varicose vein is similar to the hands but can be more difficult due to its location. Your cosmetic physician will walk you through which treatment option will be recommended for you.

Legs

Last but certainly not least of areas on the body that are prone to spider veins and varicose veins are the legs. This is where most varicose veins and spider veins will occur. Spider veins are especially common on the legs as weakened vein valves do not properly work. They can also occur in individuals who are experiencing cases of rosacea. We treat spider veins in the legs the same as the face; this can involve sclerotherapy for most spider vein treatments. Since the legs are a larger area, the procedure will be longer and may require more than one treatment. Sclerotherapy is a much more advanced form of spider vein treatment that makes vein stripping a procedure of the past.

The legs can also develop varicose veins. Similar to your hands, varicose veins will appear thick and ropelike. Most Endovenous Laser Ablation and Radiofrequency Ablation treatments can be completed in less than an hour. Treating your varicose veins in advance can prevent you from developing further complications such as blood clots that can lead to more severe and possibly lethal symptoms.

Your Vein Assistance at St. Louis Laser Veins

If you are experiencing spider veins or varicose veins on any of these areas, now is the time for your vein treatment. Call today for your free consultation that will make sure these treatments are right for you. You will be given a personal treatment plan every step of the way.

3 Vein Disease Treatment That Really Work

Vein disease is a worldwide issue with millions developing some form of it during the year. Whether your vein disease develops as varicose veins or spider veins, you will need treatment so your skin can look its best again. Here are three of our vein disease treatment that really works to treat vein disease:

Endovenous Laser Ablation

One of the most common and noticeable forms of vein disease is varicose veins. This type of vein disease presents as thick and rope-like veins under the surface of your skin. While varicose veins may not be dangerous at first, if left untreated, they can create further issues that treatments will need to focus on. Avoid any future risks and treat your varicose veins as soon as possible. One of our most popular and effective treatments is known as endovenous laser ablation. This treatment can be performed right in our office so no visit to the hospital is required. Endovenous laser ablation only requires local anesthetic and a small incision to complete the treatment. We will make this tiny incision on the treatment site, after which a laser will seal the impacted vein. The vein will eventually be absorbed back into your body. There is no reason to fret, as our body will naturally redirect blood flow through the other healthy veins in the area.

The results of endovenous laser ablation are just as incredible as the procedure itself. Our patients will recover extremely fast and be able to walk right after the procedure has been completed. Some patients may experience some discomfort following the procedure but over the counter pain medication will help with any pain. An alternative to endovenous laser ablation is radiofrequency ablation that works in a similar fashion but instead uses radiofrequency waves instead of a laser.

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

As shown, we can close up faulty veins using laser technology or radiofrequency waves. When it comes to spider veins, it can be tricky to find these smaller veins under the skin. When this is the case, we recommend our ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Our ultrasound screen will easily locate these small veins. The procedure is painless, ensuring you remain comfortable the entire time. With the ultrasound direction we can find the affected veins and inject a sclerosant. This substance is completely harmless yet causes faulty veins to spasm and close. Sclerosant is especially effective at treating saphenous veins that feed into spider veins. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is a terrific treatment option for those wishing to avoid surgical options that can leave patients with a lengthy recovery time.

Vein Phlebectomy

The unsightly look to varicose veins can leave most individuals feeling down about themselves. The rope-like appearance can bulge and harden along the surface of your skin, typically down the legs. While some options such as vein stripping are more invasive, we typically recommend a minimally invasive treatment first like vein phlebectomy. This procedure is similar to vein stripping, as it physically removes the faulty veins, but does so in a way to reduce the length of your recovery time.

Vein phlebectomy works by numbing the area impacting by your varicose veins. This numbing ensures you will not feel a thing whenever the veins are removed. After the numbing, we will use a scalpel to make tiny incisions along the vein line. This incision will allow us to insert a small hook under the skin remove the faulty veins. This is one of our most successful treatment options as it boasts over a 90% success rate! Our physicians can complete your vein phlebectomy in under an hour.

While some patients may initially think a vein phlebectomy will take weeks to heal, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that is not the case. Since the incisions are so small, your treated area will not require any stiches. Instead, we will apply a compression garment that will help blood flow and promote overall healthy healing. Some patients may even be able to return to daily activities within 24 hours while strenuous physical activity is not recommended until two weeks after the procedure is complete.

Let the Laser Vein Center Help You

These are just a few of the many vein treatment options we offer at the Laser Vein Center. Let our staff help you decide which vein treatment option is best for your case of vein disease. Call today for your free consultation and see which vein treatment may be best for you. All it takes is a simple phone call to start towards your path toward healthy veins today!

Everything You Need to Know About Sclerotherapy

If you are suffering from varicose veins or spider veins, you may be looking for a treatment to suit you. One of the most effective and easy to receive treatments is known as sclerotherapy. This specially designed treatment uses tiny needles to directly inject a sclerosant solution into your veins. This solution is designed to irritate your vein walls, causing them to permanently close. Do not worry if this sounds dangerous, as sclerotherapy is a completely safe option to treat varicose veins and spider veins, two different forms of vein disease that can be seen just under the skin’s surface. Spider veins and varicose veins are two completely different forms of vein disease but can be treated in a similar manner. Sclerotherapy is a great way to reduce the symptoms of both varicose veins and spider veins so you can feel relief again.

Treating Varicose Veins

Unlike spider veins, varicose veins are large and have a rope-like appearance bulging out of your skin. While this can also be a cosmetic issue affecting the way you feel about your looks, it can also lead to eventual medical issues if you don’t treat it. Such medical concerns that can occur if left untreated include blood clots, ulcers, sores on your legs, and chronic inflammation among others. Our treatment procedure will start by finding any varicosities and venous insufficiency occurring in the body. By treating the underlying problem, we can effectively provide long-term relief to your varicose veins. Finding the refluxing saphenous vein is done by using ultrasound technology. This is projected onto your skin’s surface before the impacted area is found. As we monitor the ultrasound on screen, we will begin administering the sclerosant, ensuring only the varicose veins are administered the solution. With sclerotherapy we can avoid more invasive treatment options such as vein stripping. Dealing with varicose veins at an early stage is the only way to avoiding future health issues caused by faulty veins.

Treating Cosmetic Spider Veins

When it comes to vein disease, spider veins are typically harmless but can be seen all across the impacted limb. Spider veins are found close to the surface of the skin, making them easier to find than varicose veins. These cosmetic symptoms make it easy to treat spider veins when you choose sclerotherapy. Some other forms of vein treatment are unable to treat spider veins as the veins are smaller and more difficult to target than varicose veins. Fortunately, sclerotherapy is able to work on spider veins. The sclerosant is injected into the impacted veins, causing them to close over time.

In order to track down miniscule spider veins, a vein light will help illuminate their presence. This type of spotlight effect makes sure your treatment is as accurate as possible. Since spider veins are purely a cosmetic issue, you will not need to worry about the blood flow being affected in the area. Your veins will simply close, letting your affected limb look normal again. Although they aren’t a health threat, spider veins can be an indication of further trouble to come, so it is best to treat them early and pinpoint their cause.

Multiple Treatments for the Best Results

Similar to other cosmetic procedures, sclerotherapy requires multiple treatment rounds in order for you to see the best results. The primary reason for this is how long it may take to have some veins permanently close. Every treatment of sclerotherapy has a limitation on the size of vein closure it can perform. On average it takes around two or three treatment cycles to see a long-lasting closure that will not need future follow-up. Occasionally, parts of a treated vein may reopen between treatments and need to be treated again.

Determining the length of treatment cycles all depends on how your body responds to the initial round of treatments. However, when you choose the professionals at the Laser Vein Center, you are choosing some of the most trusted physicians in the field. We will make sure each treatment cycle for your plan is handled with the utmost care so you can avoid any unnecessary side effects.

Choosing the Laser Vein Center

Now that you know a little more about what sclerotherapy entails, you can start planning for your treatment cycle. Each treatment plan starts with a free consultation that will ensure you are a prime candidate for this procedure. While sclerotherapy is suitable for most people we want to make sure this treatment will go off without issue. Simply call our offices today and schedule this no-obligation consultation. Our team, led by the renowned Dr. Wright, will be with you every step of the way. Don’t let your spider veins or varicose veins get you down; make sure you schedule your consultation for sclerotherapy today!

What You Should Know About Varicose Veins and Alcohol

There are a variety of factors that can greatly impact the development of varicose veins. These common factors typically include poor diets, smoking, and inactivity. Another factor that can impact our vein health is drinking. This can have a direct impact on every major organ in your body, including our circulatory system. While drinking may not be the direct cause of varicose veins, it can make any preexisting condition much worse. Consider this information if you experience problems that are connected to varicose veins and alcohol use:

Impact of Alcohol on Your Circulatory System

Our heart plays an important role for the body, pumping blood throughout our veins. When the pressure increases in your veins, the valves, and capacity of the veins can be directly impacted. Drinking can cause stress on your veins and make gravity work against the body. This can be especially seen in your lower extremities as blood begins to pool and swell your leg veins. Drinking can also impact your liver by affecting its filtration of the blood. If your blood becomes even more viscous, it can create additional stress on the veins. The combination of all these side effects will make your varicose veins even more noticeable. You may begin to feel symptoms like pain and discomfort more frequently.

Varicose Veins with Alcohol

As you can see, varicose veins may not be caused by drinking, but it can certainly make your painful symptoms more present. However, the evidence continues to stack up showing drinking makes varicose veins even worse than they previously were. Ideally, keeping your drinking to a minimum or cutting it out of your diet completely is recommended. If you have concerns on how your diet and drinking may be playing a role in your vein health, it may be time for a medical consultation. Our technicians will discuss your symptoms and if treatment is a good option.

Seek Out Help for Varicose Veins

If your symptoms of varicose veins have become unbearable, it may be time for treatment. Call today for your free consultation to see if our varicose vein treatments are right for you. Our technicians will help you every step of the way on your journey to treatment. Simply call our offices today and let us treat your varicose veins!

Lymphedema and Its Connection to Vein Health

When it comes to our vein health, we need to consider more than just what we see on our skin. We need to consider and take care of conditions that impact our veins that are below the skin such as lymphedema. Lymphedema is a condition where the lymphatic fluid in our body builds up and causes fluid retention. Lymphedema impacts our lymphatic system that consists of both lymph nodes and lymph vessels. These vessels are made up of the protein, fats, waste, and water of our body. When the fluid buildup occurs, you can start experiencing characteristics of lymphedema. One thing that is many people don’t know is how lymphedema is connected to our vein health. Both conditions have similarities in symptoms and causes that can easily be seen. Here is how lymphedema is connected to our vein health:

Severe Swelling and More

One of the biggest symptoms of lymphedema is severe swelling. If that sounds familiar, it is because vein problems like varicose veins also have similar symptoms. Those experiencing vein disease can be impacted by swelling, pain, and discomfort. Swelling caused by both lymphedema and vein issues can be treated with compression wraps. Physicians can prescribe you with fitted compression sleeves or you can find some at your local pharmacy. Varicose and other vein issues can worsen lymphedema. Also lymphedema can worsen varicose veins symptoms.

Trauma to the Limb

Another thing that connects lymphedema to vein problems comes from the potential cause of each condition. Trauma to your limb can create both vein and lymphatic issues. Vein valves and lymph valves both work similarly, so any trauma to your limb will cause greater likelihood of developing lymphedema or vein disease. Make sure to always protect your body when potential injury can occur. You will also need to be careful on how you handle your limb after developing lymphedema. It is recommended that the limb is kept clean at all times and covered in wraps. It is also especially important to not go out barefoot. Make sure to not cross your legs when sitting. If the trauma is on your arm, make sure to keep the arm free from any handbags or purses.

Important Fluids in Our Body

As shown, lymphedema has an important connection to our vein health. The fluids in our body do more than keep us moving but also healthy. If you are experiencing lymphedema, you need can seek out the treatment you need today. Start with compression stockings before more advanced treatments such as manual lymphatic drainage is needed. Our physicians will help create an individual plan based upon your needs.