Varicose Vein Treatment Options in Redondo Beach, CA
Varicose veins are those twisting (sometimes referred to as “tortuous”), bulging veins that often appear on the lower leg, and are a result of a condition known as venous insufficiency. Tiny valves inside the veins are responsible for keeping blood flowing in the same direction, up to the heart. When those veins stop functioning properly, blood can pool in the veins and cause the veins to swell. The result is the visible appearance of varicose veins, not to be confused with reticular veins (blue veins) or telangiectasia (spider veins).
Symptoms of varicose veins do not occur in every individual but when they do, they might include the following:
• Pain or swelling after prolonged periods of sitting or standing
• Throbbing, cramping or aching in the lower legs
• Fatigued legs, particularly at the end of the day
• Skin changes, including itchy skin, discoloration and the formation of sores
Minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins addresses both the cosmetic concerns and the uncomfortable, physical symptoms associated with the condition. With many options available, Dr. Rayman can customize treatment to your unique condition, concerns and desired outcome.
More importantly, varicose vein treatment can eliminate the heaviness you feel in your legs when walking so that you can enjoy the opportunities in your own neighborhood, like downtown Redondo’s Riviera Village, the Marina, or walking along The Strand.
Endovenous Laser Ablation in Redondo Beach, CA
Endovenous laser ablation is a laser treatment that eradicates varicose veins. Also called EVLA or EVLT, this procedure delivers laser energy via a narrow fiber directly into the affected vein. The vein closes immediately and blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby.
The outpatient procedure takes just a few minutes to complete and requires no downtime afterward. A tiny incision to allow entry of the fiber does not require a stitch, leaving only and leave almost no scar.. Results can be seen immediately on ultrasound, while cosmetic results and symptom relief occur in the few days following the procedure.
Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure somewhat similar to EVLT, except radiofrequency energy is used to close the vein instead of laser heat. The procedure utilizes a small catheter, which is inserted into the affected vein to deliver RF energy. The procedure, which is also called RFA or Venefit, can be performed on an outpatient basis in less than one hour for most patients.
Downtime is minimal after RFA, which allows patients to treat varicose veins without much disruption to their daily activities. The affected vein closes right away and symptoms accompanying the condition improve within a few days of the procedure.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy combines the precision of ultrasound visualization with the top choice in treatment to close certain types of varicose veins. Ultrasound is used to pinpoint the location of the affected vein, allowing the physician to treat veins deeper under the surface of the skin. A purified substance is injected into the vein, causing it to close so blood can be rerouted through healthy vessels nearby.
Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy requires considerable training and skill to be done correctly, and is best performed by an expert. Different solutions can be used during treatment, allowing customization to the unique needs of the patient. . The procedure is easy to undergo and takes just a few minutes to complete, with almost no downtime afterward.
Larger varicose veins close to the skin’s surface may be effectively treated by a procedure known as Microphlebectomy. This treatment involves a series of micro-incisions along the affected vein. A tiny instrument is inserted into the incision, allowing for removal of the bulging varicose vein.
Microphlebectomy is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. It is sometimes performed on the same day as laser or radiofrequency ablation, and sometimes on a different day. Most patients return to regular activities shortly after the procedure is finished. Results are seen right away and symptoms continue to improve in the days following treatment.
Clarivein (Mechanico-pharmaceutical ablation)
An innovative treatment known as Clarivein combines mechanical rotation with medication to treat larger varicose veins. The rotating motion distributes medication more evenly inside the vein, ensuring full closure of the vein during treatment. The procedure involves ultrasound location of the vein and the insertion of a small catheter that rotates inside the vein while delivering a purified solution to make vein walls seal together.
This outpatient procedure is performed with only a tiny amount of local anesthetic and takes just a few minutes to complete. The incision to insert the catheter is so small that no stitch is required, leaving only a tiny scar. The treated vein closes immediately and patients notice significant improvement in symptoms over the next few days.
Spider Vein Treatment Options in Redondo Beach, CA
Spider veins appear on the surface of the skin as networks of blue and red lines that often resemble a spider’s web (almost like the lines on a map if you were looking at driving directions from South Redondo to North Redondo). Symptoms usually do not accompany these smaller veins, but many patients seek treatment due to cosmetic concerns. There are many good treatment options for spider veins that can be completed relatively quickly with no downtime afterward.
Considered the gold standard in spider vein treatment, sclerotherapy uses injections of a purified substance directly into the affected vein to close it off completely. Injections are made via a very fine needle and the patient experiences little discomfort. The treatment is usually performed in a series of sessions to achieve desired results.
Cutaneous Laser Treatment
Cutaneous laser treatment is a non-invasive procedure that uses a handheld device to deliver laser energy across the surface of the skin. The laser beam targets spider veins, while surrounding tissue and skin are left untouched. The procedure requires no anesthesia and there is no recovery period after treatment.
This innovative spider vein treatment involves ohmic thermolysis (electrical energy) delivered into affected veins via a very fine needle. The energy closes the vein off completely and blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby. This procedure is becoming the preferred choice for certain tiny veins,, especially those that appear on the nose and feet.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
IPL uses intense pulses of light to eliminate the tiniest of superficial spider veins and is mostly used on the face. The IPL handheld device delivers energy to very small blood vessels as well as to pigmented lesions on the skin, helping them to disappear from sight. IPL is especially useful in the treatment of the tiny vessels of rosacea, as well as age and sun spots. With a series of IPL treatments, the skin can be returned to a much more youthful appearance. Treatments typically take less than 30 minutes to complete, and patients are able to return to normal activities immediately thereafter.
Varicose Vein and Spider Vein Treatment Near Redondo Beach at Beach Cities Vein and Laser
Varicose and spider veins are not something that you have to live with any longer. With many minimally invasive treatment options to choose from, you can eliminate those bothersome veins with almost no discomfort or downtime. Contact us at Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center at 310-986-6500 to learn more about how you can say goodbye to those veins for good.
Driving Directions from Redondo Beach, CA to Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center:
Take Pacific Coast Highway North from Redondo Beach to Manhattan Beach
Destination on your right: 390 N Sepulveda Blvd. #1030
Located just 10 minutes from Redondo Beach