Vein Therapy in Worcester, MA
Residents of Worcester, Massachusetts, and nearby areas who seek vein therapy to treat vein disease can turn to Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Shrewsbury, a facility known for excellence in a variety of surgical and cosmetic procedures.
What is Vein Disease?
Veins perform the important function of circulating blood from the extremities back to the heart. Vein disease in the legs is caused by excess pressure on veins during blood flow return. The excess backflow accumulates in the veins of the legs, causing varicose veins. Spider veins are a less serious condition and may appear on the legs or face.
Who Gets Vein Disease?
A variety of factors contribute to the development of vein disease in the legs. Genetics, age, gender, and medical history all play a role. Pregnancy and obesity further increase the risk. Individuals with fair skin are at greater risk for vein disease on the face from excessive exposure to extreme sunlight. People in certain professions are also at greater risk of vein disease, such as those who work in standing or sitting positions that exert excessive pressure on their veins.
How Does Vein Therapy Work?
Salisbury Plastic Surgery uses sclerotherapy to treat small superficial veins in the legs and face. Large varicose veins in the legs are treated with laser treatments and surgery.
Sclerotherapy: This procedure consists of injecting a salt-based solution into the diseased vein. The injections irritate the lining of the vein and eventually the vein collapses and disappears. Surrounding healthy veins pick up the blood flow from the collapsed vein.
Laser Treatment: Laser treatment targets surface spider veins on the face and legs by closing them, causing them to collapse. Laser treatments are safe for most skin types, but may be painful for some patients. Dr. Ekstrom will recommend or prescribe medication to alleviate any discomfort caused by this procedure.
Endovenous Laser Ablation. This procedure is used to treat larger varicose veins. Dr. Ekstrom will insert a small catheter into the main feeder vein, which connects to smaller spider veins. A laser is used to seal the lining of the vein, cutting off blood supply from the larger vein. This causes the vein to shrink and disappear over time, rerouting its blood flow to stronger healthier veins.
Why Consider Vein Therapy?
While spider veins cause unsightly marks in the legs and face and may detract from your appearance, varicose veins present a variety of problems and may cause such symptoms as itching, swelling, burning and cramping. The legs may feel achy and heavy. Extreme cases of varicose veins can lead to skin sores and infection.
How Can I Prevent Spider and Varicose Veins?
Although we cannot control our genetics, there are ways you can reduce your risk of contracting vein disease and developing varicose or spider veins. Compression hose may help, particularly if you have to sit or stand all day. It is advisable to exercise regularly and elevate the legs after standing for long periods. Individuals with fair skin must protect the face from sun exposure to prevent spider veins on the cheeks.
Will My Insurance Cover Vein Therapy?
In some cases, insurance may cover vein therapy, depending on the severity of the condition and mode of treatment. Typically, sclerotherapy treatment is not covered. In the case of varicose veins, if treatments are necessary to treat diseased veins and relieve aggravated symptoms and discomfort, your treatment may be covered by some health insurance providers.
How Much Does Vein Therapy Cost in Worcester?
The cost of vein treatment depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of your condition and the extent of treatment required.
How Can I Get Started with Vein Therapy?
Start with an initial consultation at Salisbury Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ekstrom will assess your condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment.
If you live in Worcester and the surrounding area of Massachusetts, and are bothered by the presence of spider veins in the legs or face, or varicose veins in the legs, Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Shrewsbury, led by Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom, provides effective vein therapy for these conditions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.