Dr. Michael F. Gioscia, at the Vein Institute of Westchester in White Plains, New York, provides incisionless procedures for varicose veins that offer exceptional results without the long recovery required for traditional vein treatments.
He explains how these minimally invasive therapies work and why now is a great time to start treatment for problematic veins, especially if you’re hoping to erase their cosmetic effects before summer comes your way.
Traditional vein treatment typically involves a surgical procedure known as vein stripping. During vein stripping, the surgeon makes several incisions near the top and bottom of the targeted vein and physically pulls or strips it from your leg.
Significant tenderness and bruising often occurs with vein stripping. You’ll likely wear support stockings for several weeks after the surgery, and routine activities are generally limited for at least four weeks. Full recovery can take several months.
Modern vein treatments are designed to seal rather than remove the problematic vein. Closing the vein off from its blood supply causes your body to redirect blood flow to a nearby healthy vein. As the sealed vein dies, your body’s lymph system removes the tissue debris.
These minimally invasive treatments are normally performed in-office and require a needle puncture rather than an incision to access the vein. This causes much less tissue trauma and significantly reduces or even eliminates bruising and pain following the procedure.
Substances used to close varicose veins include chemicals (sclerosing agents) that painlessly damage inner vein walls and cause the blood vessel to collapse. Dr. Gioscia may also recommend closing the vein with laser or radiofrequency energy.
It can take a few weeks for the cosmetic effects of the sealed veins to fade completely, but most individuals return to normal activities shortly after the treatment.
The minimally invasive treatments we offer at the Vein Institute of Westchester include:
These treatments are effective for treating small, medium, and large varicose veins as well as spider veins, which appear like webs across your skin’s surface.
Dr. Gioscia notes that the Vein Institute of Westchester is not a one-fix-for-all practice. Rather, he develops customized treatment strategies for each of his patients.
He is well-versed in all varicose vein treatments, and depending on their number, size, and location, your strategy may include one or a combination of minimally invasive therapies for the most effective results.
He does recommend that if you want your legs ready for summer, you come in for an evaluation sooner rather than later, since any varicose vein treatment can take several weeks to offer full cosmetic benefits.
Schedule a visit with Dr. Gioscia at the Vein Institute of Westchester today. Call or request an appointment online.