1. Vein Centers Treat Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
What is a vein center? It’s a facility run by doctors who specialize in vein medicine or vascular surgery. One of the top reasons people visit a vein center is to treat their spider veins or varicose veins. These unsightly blood vessels are very common. Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted, and often bulge beneath the skin. Spider veins are spindly and colorful, often appearing in clusters.
Treating spider veins and varicose veins improves your skin’s appearance and also improves your vascular health. These damaged blood vessels don’t return blood to your heart efficiently, and they typically signify underlying vein disease. Book an appointment at our award-winning vein center in California to eliminate these bothersome veins.
2. Vein Centers Either Perform or Prevent Vein Stripping
Another reason to visit a vein center in California is if you need vein stripping surgery. Cosmetic vein centers and dermatologists don’t perform vein stripping, and a small number of patients require it. Vein centers can also prevent unnecessary vein stripping. Most veins don’t require surgery, but many need more than a cosmetic treatment. Surface treatments, like intense pulsed light therapy, can’t treat large varicose veins. So, choose a vein center instead of a cosmetic or surgical center for appropriate vein care.
3. Vein Centers Diagnose and Treat Vein Diseases
The majority of patients with varicose veins and spider veins in their legs have an undiagnosed vein disease called Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Qualified vein doctors can correct it with tiny needles, fibers, or catheters inserted through the skin, without general anesthesia. Left untreated, you will likely develop additional spider veins and varicose veins, as well as symptoms like swelling, cramping, heaviness, fatigue, and restlessness in your legs.
4. Vein Centers Eliminate Blood Vessels with Broken Valves
The vein damage you see at the surface usually stems from valve failure in deeper veins. Valves must close once blood passes through, to keep blood moving in the right direction. If a valve fails, blood flows in reverse, building pressure in the vein. This pressure generates the varicose veins and spider veins at the surface. To fully restore circulation, you need to eliminate broken valves not just the surface veins. Vein centers can do this with ultrasound-guided procedures. Cosmetic vein centers can’t.
5. Vein Centers Help Veins Pump Blood Back to the Heart
When a vein doctor closes off varicose veins or spider veins, they reroute blood into healthy veins. These blood vessels pump blood back to the heart efficiently, rather than pooling in your veins. Your visible vein damage disappears, and your circulation is restored.
6. Vein Centers Treat Blood Clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis
Some blood clots are symptomatic, causing redness, warmth, and swelling in the skin above the clot. They require prompt treatment at a vein center. Other blood clots lurk in veins without any indication. These include a deep vein thrombosis. A blood clot (thrombosis) in a deep vein can travel if it breaks loose, causing potentially fatal complications. Visit our California vein center where we can map your venous anatomy and detect clots before they cause problems.
7. Vein Centers Help Prevent Pulmonary Embolism
If a deep vein thrombosis breaks loose, it can travel to the lungs. This can cause a pulmonary embolism, which is a life-threatening emergency. If you have symptoms of vein damage or vein disease, or symptoms of a blood clot, visit a vein center to prevent a pulmonary embolism. In addition, untrained vein specialists can accidentally cause a pulmonary embolism, if they administer treatment without checking for the presence of a blood clot. This is one of the chief reasons to choose an accredited vein treatment center over a cosmetic center for veins.
8. Vein Centers Fix Symptoms That Compression Stockings Can’t
If you have a varicose vein, you might have tried compression stockings to no avail. While they help some patients with some symptoms, for others, they provide no relief. In addition, they can’t eliminate the damaged vein, vein disease, or certain symptoms. Compression stockings can improve swelling and cramping, for instance, but they won’t repair venous ulcerations, venous stasis dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, and other symptoms caused by Chronic Venous Insufficiency. If your skin is impacted by vein disease, compression stockings might make things worse.
9. Vein Centers Restore Confidence in Your Appearance
One reason patients delay a vein center visit is their assumption that spider veins and varicose veins are cosmetic issues. For some patients, treatment is optional, but for others it’s necessary. Either way, if your veins are affecting your self-confidence, you should seek treatment. Studies show body dissatisfaction can cause anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts. These are not merely cosmetic concerns. Visit a vein center to improve confidence in your appearance and enhance your quality of life.
10. Vein Centers Have Vascular Surgery Alternatives
Minimally invasive vein centers have several methods for treating veins without surgery. Before choosing a vein center, ask whether the doctors are trained in minimally invasive vein treatments. Since surgery is no longer a first line of vein treatment, choose a minimally invasive vein specialist, or a vascular surgeon who also offers non-surgical treatments for veins.
11. Vein Centers Eliminate Recovery Time
Vein centers with non-surgical vein treatments eliminate recovery time and lost wages at work. Our California vein doctors conduct vein treatments in 15-30 minutes, right in our office. Patients don’t need general anesthesia, and they don’t need to stay overnight in a hospital. They can even drive themselves home from the appointment or go back to work. This is a tremendous advantage over older surgical methods that have a lengthy recovery.
12. Vein Centers Provide Vein Care That Insurance Covers
Another great reason to visit a vein center is that their procedures are typically covered by insurance. Vein treatments done at dermatological or cosmetic vein centers are rarely covered by insurance because they can’t prove medical necessity. Our vein doctors produce ultrasound images as evidence of vein disease and issues in deeper veins. As a result, our patients routinely get full coverage for their vein treatments, even for superficial vein damage.
13. Vein Centers Have Vascular Surgeons If You Need Surgery
While spider veins and varicose veins rarely require surgery, some patients have severe tortuosity or blood clots that warrant surgery. When you choose a cosmetic vein center, you don’t have access to the expertise needed for complicated veins. In addition, some patients have coexisting issues like high blood pressure in the arteries, as well as the veins, or peripheral artery disease. A vascular surgeon can treat all blood vessels, not just veins.
14. Vein Centers Improve Productivity and Wellbeing
Many patients don’t realize that their fatigue, restless sleep, leg cramps, and skin rashes are linked to vein disease. When you improve your vascular health, all of these symptoms relent, improving your productivity and general wellbeing. Patients continually tell us they would have sought vein treatment much earlier if they knew how quick and easy it was, and how much better they would feel.
15. Our Vein Centers Offer a Comprehensive Health System
Vein issues are increasingly linked to a host of other issues. On the positive side, that means insurance is covering vein treatment now more than ever. On the negative side, that means patients need to stop ignoring their veins. When you choose our award-winning vein centers in California, you get access to a comprehensive health system. Many of our doctors hold double or triple certification in complementary fields like vein medicine, pain medicine, vascular surgery, and internal medicine. This makes them uniquely equipped to improve your overall health.