Treating Your Varicose Veins in Time for Warm Weather

Treating Your Varicose Veins in Time for Warm Weather

Vascular surgeon and vein specialist Dr. Michael F. Gioscia, at the Vein Institute of Westchester has significant experience and expertise in all types of varicose vein treatments.

Those he typically recommends, such as ClariVein® and VenaSeal®, are minimally invasive, essentially painless, and highly effective at eliminating the cosmetic and physical effects of troublesome veins.  

But Dr. Gioscia notes that it can take several weeks for you to see the full results of any vein treatment. Thus, he often recommends addressing varicose veins before the weather warms so your legs are ready for shorts season.

He also explains that a truly successful treatment plan must be customized to fit your individual needs. 

During your initial consultation, Dr. Gioscia takes the time to fully evaluate your leg veins and devise the most effective treatment plan. This isn't a one-fix-for-all practice. Dr. Gioscia has extensive experience in all possible solutions.

How does minimally invasive varicose vein treatment work?

Varicose veins occur when vein walls and tiny valves within the blood vessels weaken and stretch. 

As a result, rather than flowing freely through the vessel, blood collects in the vein and causes the bulging, twisting, and visible discoloration noted with varicose veins and spider veins.

To eliminate the cosmetic and physical effects of varicose veins, Dr. Gioscia must remove the damaged vein.   

Minimally invasive vein treatments use various techniques to seal problematic veins, which causes them to die. 

Your body takes over from there by redirecting blood flow to a healthy vein and absorbing the tissue debris left behind after the targeted vein dies.

This relieves the leg swelling, sense of heaviness or fatigue in your legs, and other physical effects of varicose veins. It also eliminates the cosmetic changes associated with damaged veins.

What about surgery for varicose veins?

Dr. Gioascia explains that, “Surgery for varicose veins (vein stripping) is an antiquated procedure that’s no longer performed. 

Not only is the immediate postprocedure course improved with minimally invasive procedures, with return to full activity on the same day and drastically reduced pain, the long-term outcome of modern vein treatments are far superior to those offered by vein stripping.

Smaller varicose veins are most frequently treated using a foam-based sclerotherapy agent known as Varithena. When combined with a procedure utilizing incisionless needle punctures (microphlebectomy), virtually any vein condition can be treated and completed without ever making a single scar on the leg.

The final touches of adding fine-needle sclerotherapy and/or laser to spider veins results in an aesthetically pleasing and symptom-free leg that is ready to show for the spring and summer months.”

Which minimally invasive vein treatment is best for me?

Based on the results of a detailed evaluation, Dr. Gioscia may suggest a combination of convenient, essentially painless in-office therapies to achieve the best cosmetic results while effectively treating your varicose veins. 

Traditional sclerotherapy, for instance, uses a chemical (sclerosing agent) to close the vein. Delivered into the targeted vessel with a very fine needle, it’s often a good choice for smaller varicosities and spider veins.

Another version of sclerotherapy (Varithena®) uses an injectable foaming solution that fully coats the inner walls of larger varicose veins. This includes the superficial saphenous vein, which once required surgical vein stripping.

The VenaSeal system uses medical adhesive to seal the vein, while laser and radiofrequency vein ablation rely on heat to collapse problematic veins. Dr. Gioscia may also recommend laser therapy to fine-tune the cosmetic results of spider vein treatments.

ClariVein is a very effective minimally invasive treatment that combines foaming sclerotherapy with mechanical destruction of the vein walls. 

Dr. Gioscia accesses the targeted vein with one small needle puncture and, under ultrasound guidance, uses a microfine infusion catheter to deliver the treatment. ClariVein can treat even very large and twisted varicose veins.

Don’t spend another summer hiding your legs. Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Gioscia at the Vein Institute of Westchester today by calling our White Plains, New York, office or requesting an appointment online.

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