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Vein Removal

As the article below explains, there are two vein removal procedures we offer which are virtually pain free and highly effective in eliminating unsightly spider veins. If you’ve been feeling self conscious about this common, but correctable problem, call or email us for more information about our vein removal techniques.

Our in-house medical specialist, Dr. Jean C. Buhac, has an extensive amount of experience in performing the two vein removal procedures described below. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and discuss your expectations and concerns about vein removal. You’ll be pleased to learn that vein removal can be accomplished with a minimum of discomfort and typically no recovery time.

Learning the facts about the latest vein removal procedures is the first step to correcting the problem. As a starting point, we’ve presented some background information, below, on vein removal, what you can expect from the procedure, and strategies for maximizing your results. If you’ve had any apprehensions about what’s involved in vein removal, this overview will help give you the confidence to move forward.

Thanks to modern vein removal techniques, unattractive spider veins and varicose veins are not something you need to live with. Vein removal is a safe and effective process that can be completed in a relatively short period of time. Furthermore, you’ll find our entire office staff to be understanding, compassionate, and attentive to your needs and concerns. For more information about your vein removal options, call Spa City Spa at 518-581-1888.

The Facts of Vein Removal

The following is a reprint of the article that appeared in the August 30, 2000 issue of Spotlight Newspapers, based in Delmar, New York.

As many as 50 percent of American women may be affected by varicose and spider veins. Fortunately, a variety of treatments are available to eliminate the appearance of these abnormalities. Spider veins, which spread like a spider's web, are flat, red, blue or purple veins on the skin's surface. Varicose veins are larger, distended or raised veins located deeper. When one-way valves in the veins fail, blood no longer flows efficiently, causing veins to become enlarged and congested with blood. Heredity, hormones and daily routines play a roll in determining whether or not the valves will fail, leading to abnormal veins. While both types are cosmetically unappealing, varicose veins can be painful as well. Cramping, burning, itching and swelling are all common symptoms associated with varicose veins. In rare cases, they can bleed. For severe cases, doctors can remove veins surgically or by using a catheter to deliver radio-frequency energy to collapse the vein. Both methods require anesthetics and a long recovery.

Dr. Jean C. Buhac, a medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatologist in Saratoga, offers patients a gentler approach to eliminating spider and varicose veins. "It usually takes two to three sessions. There is no anesthesia and it just stings like a rubber band on your skin," she said. Depending on the condition of the veins, Buhac uses a combination of sclerotherapy and laser treatments.

For sclerotherapy, a tiny needle is used to inject the skin with a medication that results in collapsing the veins, which are then reabsorbed. Veins can be treated early, avoiding complications.

For more than six years, Buhac has been successfully treating venous conditions with a Candela V-beam laser, specially calibrated for the color red. "The laser cools as it treats the vein and reduces the risk of hyper-pigmentation and bruising. It's even safe enough to use on your face," she said.

The laser is also useful in treating rosacea and deep red birthmarks commonly called "strawberry" or "port wine" marks in children. Hyper-pigmentation, or skin discoloration, and bruising are normal reactions to sclerotherapy and laser therapy that fade quickly. Unlike surgical methods, they are office procedures and patients can generally return to their normal routines the same day. Also, patients are not required to wear support stockings following treatments, though Buhac said it was a good idea anyway.

Even after laser or sclerotherapy, Buhac recommended that you should take precautions so they don't reappear. It is the same advice she would offer to someone who wanted to lessen their risk for developing spider or varicose veins. "Wear good support hose if you stand all day," she said. "Or at least walk around as much as you can."

And if you sit all day, try to move around periodically and exercise your legs. Exercise and support hose help prevent excess fluid from building up in the legs. "Varicose veins increase swelling. If your thumb leaves an imprint, your legs are swollen and that can lead to skin rashes and other problems," Buhac said. Buhac also recommended walking and other forms of exercise that pump the leg muscles. Maintaining good circulation is important.

Most women experience varicose veins during or after pregnancy due to hormonal changes and weight gain. While these veins shrink after a few months, successive pregnancies increase the chance of more permanent damage to the veins. "Pregnancy is an important time to wear support hose to prevent varicose and spider veins," she said.

By Leigh G. Kirtley