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Why Leg Skin Texture Changes Could Require Treatment

 

Varicose vein treatment Just like the rest of our body, the skin on our legs is susceptible to signs of aging. Over time, skin loses its elasticity, as the collagen and elastin fibers break down. Your skin also becomes thinner, which may increase the appearance of veins below the surface. Indeed, patients afflicted with venous disease often find the visible symptoms of their conditions worsen as they age. Of course, this phenomenon is coupled with the fact that veins age too! With time, the valves of your veins are affected, causing their efficiency to decrease and unpleasant, irritating side effects to sometimes occur. Keep reading to find out the effects of chronic venous insufficiency upon the skin—and what you can do to find relief!

Varicose Veins

When left untreated, varicose veins can disrupt the smooth, attractive appearance of your skin. Varicose veins are a dark blue or purple in color and they appear “twisted” or “kinked”, as they push against the surface of your skin. These veins can cause discoloration and swelling, thus affecting your legs’ texture. Varicose veins are the result of blood traveling in both directions in the veins due to defective aging valves. This backwards flow causes blood pooling and subsequent stretching of the vein walls.

Spider Veins

Think of spider veins as the younger sibling to varicose veins. These veins are less likely to cause discomfort, but their appearance is still unsightly. Spider veins appear as red or purple vein clusters that push against the skin’s surface. While relatively harmless at onset, spider veins have the potential to grow into painful, large varicose veins without medical intervention, explaining why many patients do opt to have them treated as soon as they can.

Venous Stasis

During venous stasis, the skin’s texture can change drastically. Patients frequently exhibit thickened skin on their legs with discoloration in the ankle area, due to the increased pressure from pooling blood. Varicose veins are often present too, since this disease usually results from the failure to treat them. If left untreated over the long term, venous stasis can result in venous ulcers, which you certainly need to avoid.

How to Get Help Today

If you’re suffering from one of these venous diseases, quick relief from your symptoms is only a phone call away at (678) 731-9815. With four state-of-art clinics in Georgia, VeinInnovations hosts a team of acclaimed doctors, who specialize in making the unsightly effects of these diseases disappear. We offer a variety of non-surgical treatments, which are fast, effective and nearly painless. Contact us today to find out more about our VeinInnovations medical centers and which treatment would be right for your legs.

The Effect of Caffeine on the Circulatory System

Caffeine and the circulatory system

For many caffeine enthusiasts, it’s time to celebrate National Coffee Day in America on Friday, September 29th. But before you reach for that celebratory cup of joe, have you ever wondered about caffeine’s effect on the circulatory system? “While moderate doses of caffeine can have beneficial effects on the body’s cardiovascular system, such as reducing resting heart rate, excessive consumption can cause rapid heart rate and contribute to cardiac arrhythmia—an abnormal heart rate,” says Dr. David Park, one of the leading physicians at VeinInnovations. While a direct correlation between vein disease and caffeine has never been proven, consuming too much coffee can have definitive effects on your circulatory system.

Patients already afflicted by venous insufficiency should not be too concerned, as it’s unlikely that coffee will make a serious impact on your vein health. However, it’s always safest to consume caffeine in moderation, since it is medically classified as a stimulant. Studies have shown that this substance can cause negative side effects, such as constricted blood vessels, decreased circulation and increased blood pressure. As you might have guessed, individuals with venous disease are especially vulnerable to these symptoms. Keep reading to discover more about how caffeine can affect your body.

Signs of excessive caffeine consumption

 Throughout the Western world, coffee is part of many people’s morning rituals. Beyond its comforting taste, this beloved beverage contains enough caffeine to jolt the adenosine neurotransmitters in your brain, which in turn release norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is responsible for the “fight-or-flight” effect, which increases blood flow and makes you feel more alert.

Now, all of this might sound harmless, but there are numerous reasons why it’s recommend that you limit your coffee intake to 24 ounces per day. Indeed, an excess in caffeine causes these brain systems to go into overdrive. As a result, patients often report emotional symptoms, such as feeling anxious and irritable, and physical side effects, including increased heart rate, heart palpitations, muscle spasms, headaches and insomnia.

Beyond coffee, you should watch out for other beverages with high caffeine contents. Abusing caffeinated soda and energy drinks isn’t healthy either. We recommend that you take care of your body by eating a balanced diet, getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night, and exercising at least 30 minutes per day. After all, leading a healthy lifestyle will give you more energy than coffee ever could!

Enjoy a coffee on us!

 In celebration of National Coffee Day, VeinInnovations will be giving away ten $5 gift cards to Starbucks. Five will be available on our Facebook page, while the others are up for grabs on Instagram. Sit back and enjoy your next pumpkin spice latté or cappuccino on us. But remember not to overindulge in those deliciously caffeinated fall drinks!

If you have any concerns about your vein health and live in the Atlanta area, please reach out to VeinInnovations today. Our talented team of doctors are experts at healing the internal and external symptoms of venous disease. We can’t wait to hear from you!

An Interview with Dr. David Park

 

David Park_CroppedA childhood trip to the emergency room inspired Dr. David Park to become a doctor. “It was traumatic for my mother,” he says. “I was taken to the ER, half of my face was split open, and within a few hours, I was sewn up and it healed well. Knowing that the human body can be put back together like that caused me to think about becoming a doctor.”

As he entered medical school, Dr. Park had the idea he would be become a heart surgeon. “I was in awe of working on the human heart,” he says. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1988, graduating with honors, and received a fellowship from the Mid-America Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Hospital. After five years as a resident general surgeon and chief general surgeon at Emory University, he moved into private practice and has continued to work in this field since then. In that time, he has also developed a specialized interest in various vein health concerns, which he now treats in his role with VeinInnovations.

While working on the human heart was a major inspiration in his early career, Dr. David Park found that these surgeries became mundane over time. “It was the same operation over and over,” he says. “I was turned off by that.”

General surgery proved to be the perfect solution, him with a varied workload that kept him refreshed and engaged. To broaden his professional and intellectual scope further, Dr. Park branched into vein disorders, which he has found especially gratifying in terms of their mental challenge. Patients come in with a wide range of problems that require individualized treatment. “What I like best is that it’s a fairly rapid process,” Dr. Park says. “Seeing the before and after is gratifying.”

More than cosmetics

In his work with VeinInnovations, Dr. Park regularly meets with patients who hold misconceptions about the vein treatments offered. The most common such misconception is that vein treatments only have cosmetic benefits. “It’s a nice benefit to having this done, but it is significantly more than aesthetics,” Dr. Park says.

Dr. Park enjoys taking time to educate patients on the benefits, and to address their concerns about the treatment process. “The most common concern is how painful this is going to be,” Dr. Park says. “I reassure them that most patients say it is much better than they expected. I’ve had them done myself and I was able to tolerate it and I can attest to and empathize with their fears. But it isn’t going to be as bad as what they are anticipating.”

Through this process, Dr. Park enjoys the ability to sit down and get to know his patients, while also allowing them to learn more about him.

Building relationships

 “I like engaging with patients, and I look forward to helping them feel better and look better, and the process of getting to know them individually over time,” Dr. Park says. “That’s fun. People come from various backgrounds and stories, and then I’ll share my story.”

Since patients often come into the office for a number of appointments before, during and after treatments, there is ample time to strengthen these relationships and make sure each patient gets the attention and experience they deserve. It also helps that VeinInnovations offers a full spectrum of services that can be provided in-office. “I don’t have to send patients off elsewhere,” Dr. Park says. “We perform everything in our office.”

If you are currently suffering with a venous disease or other vein health concerns, contact the VeinInnovations team today to learn more about how we can help.

What Is Chronic Vein Disease?

 

Painful varicose and spider veins on womans legs who is active and working out self-helping herself in overcoming the pain. Vascular disease varicose veins problems active life concept.Chronic venous disease (also known as chronic venous insufficiency) occurs when the veins in the legs do not allow blood to flow efficiently to the heart. Weakened, faulty valves cause blood to pool in the legs. These blood flow issues can lead to other problems that affect vein health. Common vein problems include varicose veins and spider veins, with spider veins being the least serious of the most common vein disorders.

Who’s affected? 

Vein disease is fairly common and can affect anyone. By the age of 55, almost half of men and women suffer from some form of it. . A widely reported statistic estimates that spider veins affect up to 72% of American women and 40% of men. People who work jobs that require them to stand for a long time are more susceptible. But a sedentary lifestyle can also increase risk. Vein problems become more frequent with age, but being female, having a family history of varicose veins, injury, smoking, lack of physical activity, and gaining weight contribute to the disease.

 Symptoms

Symptoms of chronic vein disease affect the legs and ankles and may be uncomfortable or painful. Individuals may experience itching, a heavy feeling one or both legs, cramping and skin sores or ulcers. Other symptoms include swollen ankles, varicose veins and brown-colored or dark-colored skin.

 Prevention

There are no true prevention methods, however, maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise are always good habits.  If your job requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time, taking regular breaks during the day to walk for a few minutes can help to get the muscle pump in your calf moving again.  If your doctor has prescribed a blood thinner for blood clots, it is imperative to consistently take the medicine as prescribed.

Chronic venous disease is a common medical condition, affecting millions; however, it can be treated. If you have been diagnosed, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions.

Treatment

One conservative treatment option for chronic vein disease is elevating your legs when sitting. If your job requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time, your doctor may recommend that you take breaks throughout your day and walk to improve circulation in your legs and feet.

Your doctor may also prescribe compression stockings or socks to reduce swelling, relieve pain and help heal skin ulcers.

 Sometimes, lifestyle changes alone are not adequate to treat vein disease. Fortunately, vein specialists, such as those at VeinInnovations, offer a variety of treatment options that are virtually pain-free. After a thorough consultation and diagnosis, board-certified physicians will design a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. VeinInnovations offers state-of-the-art approaches to the treatment of vein diseases, including non-surgical procedures.

If you are experiencing symptoms of chronic venous disease, contact VeinInnovations today to schedule a consultation with our caring team of vein care specialists.

Common Causes of Spider Veins

 

Causes of spider veinsThe appearance of unattractive red, purple or blue web-like formations on your legs, commonly referred to as spider veins, is the result of deteriorating blood vessels caused by weak connective and circulatory tissue. More than 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men in the U.S. suffer from vein disease. While age and family history are the most common causes of spider veins, other factors play a role.

Lack of movement

Our circulatory system relies on the aid of muscles to push oxygen-depleted blood from the feet back to the heart. The constant pressure from prolonged sitting and standing can cause vein walls to become stretched or distended. As a result, valves may no longer close properly, allowing blood to flow back down to the lower extremities. Poor circulation, leg pain and permanent vein damage are possible.

If you have a job that requires long periods of sitting or standing, doctors recommend taking frequent breaks to increase circulation by stretching, walking and elevating your legs.

Diabetes damage to blood vessels

Diabetes can negatively impact your health by causing damage to the nerves and blood vessels in your legs. Because diabetics cannot process glucose properly, glucose can build up in the bloodstream. This excess glucose may lead to a buildup of fatty deposits in the blood vessels, weakening veins and artery walls. Constant uncontrolled high blood sugars have a detrimental effect on the circulatory system, so veins and their valves can, over time, become debilitated by high sugars. If you have varicose or spider veins and diabetes, it’s even more important that you get proper vein health check-ups and treatment at an early stage.

Pregnancy and hormones

During pregnancy, blood volume increases by 20 to 40 percent, and your veins have to work harder to keep up with the flow. The growing uterus places additional pressure on the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the legs and feet to the heart. This makes it even harder for blood to return to the heart and lungs for re-oxygenation.

Both the amount of blood in a pregnant woman’s body and the increased amount of progesterone can lead to the development of spider and varicose veins. Progesterone is the hormone that causes ligaments to loosen. It also causes other tissues to relax, including the walls of blood vessels. This can cause veins to enlarge.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, taking birth control pills may contribute to the formation of varicose or spider veins. Medications containing estrogen can affect the way blood clots form and can put some women at an increased risk for clot formation and other vein health issues.

Extra weight strains veins

Being overweight may lead to various health problems and put extra pressure on your veins. Too much pressure causes the veins to work harder to circulate the blood. While you may initially experience superficial spider veins, larger veins will start to bulge as the blood pools in the veins due to insufficient valves made worse by the extra weight.

While some varicose veins are simply cosmetic concerns, most are caused from vein disease.  Painful symptoms in the legs including aching, swelling and itching may occur. If neglected, varicose veins can have major implications for your health.

Symptoms of vein disease and treatment

The primary symptoms of vein disease are highly visible, twisted veins most commonly on the legs, which may cause pain, heaviness, swelling and achiness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek treatment.

The vein specialists at VeinInnovations can ease the pain and appearance of your spider and varicose veins. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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

Varicose Veins and Insurance Coverage

InsuranceAccording to WebMD, approximately 30 to 60 percent of adults have varicose veins. These are enlarged, bluish veins that appear swollen or twisted. They are usually present on the legs and feet, and although they do not bother some people, they may present more serious complications for others. For some people, they may indicate a more serious circulation problem.

Spider veins are a common, milder form of varicose veins. These tiny veins also appear on the legs or feet and are usually not painful. Many people choose to treat spider veins because they are concerned about their appearance.

Varicose and spider veins can run in the family. Women are more likely to have them than men. Causes of vein problems include damage to the leg veins, problems with blood flow from the veins back to the heart and increased pressure in the leg veins. There are a number of vein treatment options available that insurance can cover, at least in part. Learn more about treatment details and what kind of coverage you can expect from your insurance provider.

Treatment options

A vein specialist can help determine the best treatment plan for varicose or spider veins, based on your condition. The provider may use special ultrasound techniques to determine the severity of your varicose veins. The good news is that many vein procedures can be done in a doctor’s office or other outpatient setting. Some of the most common treatments for varicose or spider veins include:

  • Sclerotherapy
    This pain-free procedure involves injecting veins with a medication that scars and closes them.
  • Laser therapy
    Laser therapy is another treatment that can treat spider veins. A laser sends bursts of light into the vein, which will make the vein collapse and eventually disappear. Laser therapy is not always effective on larger veins.
  • Foam sclerotherapy
    This procedure is often used to treat larger, more severe varicose veins. It’s a newer technique that closes off a vein using a foam solution.
  • Radiofrequency ablation
    A minimally invasive procedure that uses a thin tube to direct radiofrequency energy that heats and destroys the vein wall.Please visit the VeinInnovations’ treatment page for all available options.

Insurance coverage for vein procedures

If you’re considering having a vein procedure, don’t be discouraged by the financial impact of treatment. You might even be surprised to learn that your procedure may be covered by health insurance. When a vein procedure is medically necessary because of the presence of disease, rather than for just cosmetic improvement (sclerotherapy and laser therapy), many companies will provide some type of coverage so that you can get treatment and symptom relief.

Your benefits and coverage depend on your diagnosis and insurance company’s policies. Your provider will check your eligibility and let you know what is covered and what is your responsibility or copayment. You can also call your insurance company to determine your eligibility. Be sure to find out the amount that you will pay out-of-pocket and how much your insurer will pay. VeinInnovations takes all major insurance plans, including Medicare.

Payment options

Most vein centers want you to get the treatment you need without creating a large financial burden. Some vein therapy centers offer a variety of payment options such as payment plans, discounts or special pricing. Talk to your provider to determine which payment options are available. If you have to meet a deductible or pay a copayment, many vein centers will work with you so that you can have the treatments that will bring you pain relief and improvement of your vein symptoms.

Contact VeinInnovations today to see how we can work together to give you healthy, beautiful legs.

Men’s Guide to Dealing With Varicose Veins

men and vein treatment

Many people think of varicose veins as a condition that primarily affects women. Women are more prone to them than men. However, at least half of all men develop varicose veins -– usually once they get into middle age. Our Atlanta vein doctors treat a lot of male patients.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Many of the same factors that can cause varicose veins in women apply to men, including:

  • Heredity
  • long periods of sitting
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Trauma to the legs
  • weightlifting

Varicose veins often result from damage or weakening of the vein walls. This impacts circulation and can cause the blood to pool in the veins. That’s what creates enlarged, discolored varicose veins.

Why It’s Important to Treat Varicose Veins

At our Atlanta vein centers, we see a lot of men who have put off having their varicose veins treated because they thought of them primarily as a cosmetic issue –- until they were more than that. The circulatory problems that can cause varicose veins can cause a multitude of other symptoms, including discomfort or even pain, swelling and heaviness and fatigue. All of these can impact your quality of life.

In more serious cases, they can lead to skin ulcers and even blood clots. Therefore, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis of the underlying vascular issues that are causing your varicose veins and/or other symptoms. At VeinInnovations, we have the latest in ultrasound technology that shows us exactly what and where the problem is.

Once we’ve determined that, we can recommend the best treatment. Sometimes a conservative treatment like compression stockings (lots of men wear them!) will help. Other times, we recommend one of our non-invasive vein removal treatments.

We perform all of our treatments on an outpatient basis at our conveniently-located clinics throughout the Atlanta area. Most of our patients are finished within an hour or less and go on about their day. No one has to know you’ve had it done if you don’t want them to. However, your legs will start feeling better very soon, and you can go back to the activities you may have had to curtail. Plus, you won’t hesitate to wear shorts the next time you play golf, go to the gym or take a beach vacation.

Contact Us Today

To schedule a consultation with one of our Atlanta vein doctors, give us a call or fill out our quick and easy online contact form.

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.

 

Men Need to Get Their Varicose Veins Treated, Too!

One of the many misconceptions about varicose veins is that only women get them. However, our Atlanta vein specialists can attest that men can and do get varicose veins and other types of vein diseases.

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