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Celebrate National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

Women's National Health & Fitness DayTo the ladies suffering from venous disease, be inspired this September 27th to take care of your health and improve your well-being. What’s so special about September 27th, you ask? That date is officially National Women’s Health & Fitness Day throughout the United States. It’s a day for women to take some time for themselves by enjoying a wholesome lunch with friends, getting a therapeutic massage or signing up for your next yoga class. In an ideal world, we would take amazing, thoughtful care of our bodies every day, but sometimes an extra reminder is needed.

Of course, when you’re afflicted with untreated venous disease you don’t necessarily need a reminder of their existence! Venous Disease can have a tendency to make its presence known with uncomfortable and unsightly symptoms such as varicose veins, spider veins and thrombophlebitis. Venous diseases often cause unpleasant symptoms like aching pain, leg cramping, swelling, visible veins and even a darkening of the affected area. However, even in the most severe cases, we’re here to tell you that treatment options are available to you at VeinInnovations.

Become our next satisfied patient

At VeinInnovations, we want you to return to your healthy, energetic day-to-day life as soon as possible. That’s why so many of our patients rave about our medical treatments and services. After becoming VeinInnovations patients, many women and men report an increase in their physical activity. One of our clients was a former adventurer, who dreamed of climbing to new heights again. We made that happen for him: “Had I not sought help for my bulging veins, I would have had the endurance needed to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro with my son Corey,” Randy Yates’ recounts.

Healing your veins’ visible symptoms also allows you to show off your legs with confidence again. Doubtful? Ask Wilma Ferguson, who wrote to us: “My spider veins made my legs tingle and feel numb. They limited my movement and energy, and I worried about covering up my legs. Now that I’ve had my legs treated, I feel incredible and wear what I want!”

Ready to begin treatment?

VeinInnovations specializes in treatments that maximize results with minimal discomfort. Our board-certified doctors offer a wide array of state-of-art medical services, designed to alleviate the symptoms of many different venous diseases. Visit our contact page for more details. We can help make every day a health and fitness day for you!

Home Remedies for Spider Veins: How Effective Are They?

spider veins It’s not unusual to get spider veins as we age, those small, knotty blood vessels that branch out visibly just under the surface of the skin. They appear in bright colors of blue, purple or red, like miniature varicose veins, and tend to form on the legs and feet. These areas are under the most stress because of the strain put on them by gravity, body weight and their distance from the heart.

Even worse, these veins can appear on the face, making sufferers self-conscious about their appearance.

Although spider veins don’t usually cause serious health issues, they can burn or itch, and may be indicative of worse circulatory problems. In some cases, they can create sores, bleeding and blood clots.

“Even if spider veins don’t pose an immediate health risk,” says a spokesperson for VeinInnovations, “they are unsightly and can cause a degree of embarrassment that may prevent people from doing the things they love—going to the beach, wearing cool summer clothing, even just going out in public.”

At-home fixes?

Because spider veins are so common, with more than half of people over 50 experiencing them, many sufferers hope to get help from home remedies. Though evidence to support their effectiveness is lacking, these remedies fall into three main categories: foods and supplements, topical treatments and physical therapies. Let’s take a look.

Foods and supplements

The edible treatments suggested for spider vein home remedies include:

  • Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit to strengthen vein walls
  • Ginger to thin the blood and lower blood pressure
  • Ginkgo balboa to strengthen the veins and improve circulation
  • Spicy foods to break down fibrin, the lumpy material around the veins
  • Horse chestnut to improve vein elasticity

Topical treatments

Generally applied with a compress or swabbed on with cotton balls, here are home ingredients some people put directly on the skin:

  • Witch hazel, an herbal astringent
  • Apple cider vinegar (which can also be taken by mouth)
  • Mustard oil, grape seed oil, pine bark or marigold to stimulate circulation
  • Cabbage or Fuller’s Earth poultices

Physical remedies

Many of these are sound health tips regardless of their effectiveness on spider veins:

  • Sleeping on the back with legs elevated to relieve leg pressure
  • Massage, walking and toning exercises to help improve circulation
  • Wearing flat shoes and not sitting with crossed legs to prevent leg strain
  • Avoiding excessive salt and smoking, which impede circulation
  • Avoiding alcohol which dilates blood vessels, which can cause blood pooling

A better way

Unfortunately, most of these do-it-yourself remedies have little to no effect. While most of them won’t hurt you (though you should use caution with dietary supplements) they do not provide the effective, noticeable and lasting results spider vein sufferers are looking for, because reversing the damage from vein disease requires more dramatic interventions.

The good news is, there are medical treatments that are proven to work. Because spider veins are small and near the surface of the skin, many treatments are non- or minimally-invasive, and relatively pain-free.

Sclerotherapy – A highly effective, non-surgical treatment, sclerotherapy involves injecting a tiny needle filled with special fluid into the vein. This causes the vein walls to seal shut, eventually be absorbed by the body and gradually disappear. This procedure causes little pain and may be covered by insurance.

Laser treatment – A surface laser shoots bursts of intense light at the small veins, which causes them to vanish over time. This treatment is especially good for treating facial spider veins. A combination of laser treatment and sclerotherapy may also be used

These two procedures are the most common for the removal of spider veins, however a duplex Doppler ultrasound should be performed to determine whether the spider veins are being caused by backward blood flow in the veins.  If so, recommendations will be made for more appropriate treatment to address the root cause of the problem veins.

Make the most of modern science

Home remedies are, for the most part, inexpensive and relatively easy to administer. The problem is, they don’t work well.

“Science is on your side, offering the most advanced and effective techniques for spider veins and treatments that really do work,” says a spokesperson for VeinInnovations. “Surgery used to be a given for vein problems, but it’s often not necessary these days. And you may find your insurance will cover these modern procedures.”

Rather than wasting time and energy applying compresses to your spider veins or taking supplements that may have side effects, why not go with treatments that are proven to work with minimal pain and downtime? Contact VeinInnovations today to find out how to eliminate them effectively.

Sources:

https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/varicose-veins-and-spider-veins

http://www.livestrong.com/article/132769-home-remedies-get-rid-spider-veins/

http://www.nowloss.com/How-to-get-rid-of-spider-veins-naturally.htm

http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-spider-veins/

http://www.homeremedyhacks.com/21-home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-spider-veins/

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/cosmetic-procedures-spider-veins#1

Why Is Winter the Best Time to Have Your Veins Treated?

winter vein treatment

Many people don’t give a lot of thought to their varicose veins during the winter. They’re wearing long pants and likely engaging in less physical activity such as golf, biking and swimming where their legs are exposed. However, winter is actually the best time to get a varicose vein treatment.

It may take a bit of time after a vein removal treatment to see the results. Therefore, if you want to be beach-ready this summer, this is an excellent time to have your varicose veins removed.  When spring and summer months roll around, your legs will feel and look their best.

No One Will Notice Your Compression Socks

Many times, we prescribe compression socks to our patients to wear before treatment due to insurance company requirements. We also prescribe them post procedure to help the blood circulate as it should after the damaged veins are closed. In the cooler months, it’s easier to wear these without anyone noticing that you have them.  Also, it is much harder to wear thicker compression garments during the summer months in the Atlanta heat. 

Contact Us Today

Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation at one of our conveniently-located Atlanta vein care centers. We look forward to helping you have the best legs possible when spring and summer roll around.

 

The Pros and Cons of Sclerotherapy

 

jeune-femme-sportive-jogging Sclerotherapy is a vein treatment that’s been around since the 1930s, but it’s advanced considerably over the years. The sclerotherapy vein treatment procedure that we use at VeinInnovations is minimally invasive.

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution (called sclerosant) into each damaged vein using a micro needle. That solution used at VeinInnovations is painless and causes the vein to collapse. It is naturally absorbed into the bloodstream. Meanwhile, blood automatically redirects to the healthy veins, improving circulation.

Sclerotherapy is one of many treatment options that we offer at our Atlanta vein centers. After a thorough ultrasound diagnosis, we will recommend the best type of treatment for you. If we believe that sclerotherapy is a good option, we will, of course, give you the pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision. Following are a few:

Pros of Sclerotherapy

  • No anesthesia is required, and patients report little if any discomfort during or after the procedure.
  • It’s recognized as a safe and effective medical treatment for spider veins, and is even being covered by most insurance companies if disease is found.
  • The injections are booked in 15 or 30 minute increments and generally requires no downtime afterwards.

Cons of Sclerotherapy

  • It’s generally recommended only for small varicose veins and spider veins. For patients with larger varicose veins, our Atlanta vein specialists will often recommend one of our laser or radio-frequency ablation procedures.
  • As with many vein procedures, more than one treatment may be required. We can let you know how many treatments you’ll need if we recommend sclerotherapy for you.
  • Some patients experience temporary redness, bruising or swelling at the injection site. This usually fades within a few days.
  • If a strong concentration of sclerosant is needed, there may be some discoloration or scaring afterwards, but that’s uncommon.

Contact Us to Find Out If Sclerotherapy Is Right for You

Call us or fill out our quick and easy online contact form to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient Atlanta vein centers. We’ll help you determine the best vein treatment to get your legs looking and feeling their best.