Varicose veins can have a negative impact on your quality of life. These damaged veins can be uncomfortable and can make you feel unhappy with your appearance. Fortunately, improving your varicose veins is easy. At O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, Maryland, we can address your varicose veins with vein ablation.
Twelve Reasons to Consider Vein Ablation
1. It Can Enhance Your Appearance
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are often found on people’s legs and feet. Vein ablation is a fantastic way to minimize the appearance of these veins.
A Cosmetic Issue
These veins can make you feel unhappy about how you look. These purple and blue veins can be seen on the surface of your skin. Further, these veins may twist and bulge. Many people do not like how these veins look, and, in fact, people may avoid wearing shorts and skirts because they don’t want others to see the varicose veins on their legs.
People who are very uncomfortable with these veins may avoid shorts even in extremely hot weather.
Your varicose veins will be less visible once you achieve the full benefit of this treatment. As a result, you will feel more confident and attractive. You can return to wearing shorts, skirts, and other outfits that show off your legs.
2. It Helps to Improve Your Health
Varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic issue. Beyond making you feel uncomfortable about your appearance, these damaged veins can negatively impact your health.
Varicose veins are created when the valves inside your veins become weakened. The valves in your veins direct your blood in the proper direction. Sometimes these valves become damaged. They can also wear out. When this occurs, your valves will be unable to ensure that your blood flows in the correct direction.
Developing Varicose Veins
When your blood does not move efficiently, it may pool inside your veins. This pooling blood can make your veins swell.
A number of factors can increase your chances of developing varicose veins. Some people have a family history of vein issues. The risks of experiencing this issue are also higher for people who are overweight or inactive. People whose jobs require them to stand or sit for long periods of time are more likely to experience this problem. In addition, going through pregnancy can increase your chances of developing varicose veins.
The Negative Health Effects
Varicose veins can cause a number of issues. In particular, your ankles, feet, and lower legs may swell. You may experience restless leg syndrome and cramping. You may also have aching and heavy sensations in your legs.
You may develop burning, itching, or discolored skin on your lower legs. Some people also have open sores around their ankles. These health issues can be frustrating and uncomfortable. They can keep you from exercising, spending time with your family, and enjoying other pleasant activities.
Reducing Your Varicose Veins
Varicose veins will generally not improve on their own. Further, untreated venous issues can cause other health problems. For instance, you may develop ulcers and blood clots. Fortunately, this vein treatment can improve discomfort and other issues that are associated with your varicose veins. You will feel more comfortable, lively, and healthy once you achieve the full benefits of your treatment.
3. It’s an Easy Treatment
You don’t need to feel nervous before your appointment. This is a minimally invasive outpatient treatment that many people can receive. We will use local anesthesia to help you remain comfortable during your treatment, and your treatment will usually take less than an hour.
Mapping Your Veins
We will first use ultrasound technology to analyze your varicose veins. This technology will help us create a map of your veins. This map will help us determine which areas we should focus on during your treatment.
A Simple Process
Once we have analyzed your veins, we will insert a catheter into your target area. We will use this catheter to administer energy, and this process will close off your varicose veins. Your blood will start to flow through healthier veins. Over time, your varicose veins will disappear entirely. Further, this treatment may decrease the discomfort, cramping, and other negative symptoms associated with your varicose veins.
4. It Has a Short Recovery Time
If you can’t afford to take weeks off from your job or other responsibilities, don’t worry. This vein treatment has a minimal recovery period. In fact, you can drive yourself home after your treatment session. In addition, most people can quickly resume their jobs and other activities.
We may ask you to follow some aftercare rules in the days and weeks that follow your appointment. For instance, we may advise you to wear compression stockings while your body renews itself. We will also ask you to walk on the day that you receive your treatment. Staying mobile will help your body recover from your treatment. That said, you should not engage in difficult exercises like weight training or running for a week.
5. It Works Quickly
The results that you experience will depend on the condition of your veins and other factors, but most people will quickly see positive changes in their veins.
6. It Provides Long-Lasting Results
Many cosmetic treatments don’t provide long-lasting results. Accordingly, people often have to receive regular maintenance treatments that can be difficult to fit into their schedules. In contrast, this vein treatment can enhance your appearance for a significant period of time. Although individual results will vary, this treatment can reduce the prominence of your varicose veins for up to a year. Follow-up appointments may help you maintain the benefits of your initial treatment.
7. It’s a Customizable Process
The treatment that you need will depend on the severity of your varicose veins, the size and location of your damaged veins, and other issues. Since vein ablation is a customized treatment, we can develop a unique plan that will fit your preferences and needs. In particular, we can use different ablation techniques to improve your varicose veins.
Radiofrequency energy is used in a variety of medical treatments. During an ablation treatment, we will apply high-frequency waves to your target area. We will use a catheter to administer this energy. This radiofrequency energy is especially good at treating larger varicose veins. It is also frequently used in combination with other vein treatments. Combining this technique with other methods may help you achieve more optimal results.
As you might guess from its name, laser ablation administers laser energy to your veins. We will deliver this energy in pulses.
VenaSeal uses a different method than laser and radiofrequency ablation. In contrast to those treatments, this technique does not transmit energy or heat to your target area. Instead, we will administer medical adhesive to the walls of your veins. This adhesive will close your varicose veins. This method is ideal for people who don’t want to use energy or heat to improve their varicose veins.
In addition to ablation techniques, we offer a variety of other vein treatments. For instance, we may use micro phlebectomy to remove large varicose veins. This vein treatment uses small punctures to remove segments of your damaged veins. Similarly, sclerotherapy can treat small varicose veins and spider veins. During this treatment, we will inject medication into your veins. This medicine will shrink your damaged veins.
Making a Choice
Each of these treatments has unique benefits. During your initial consultation, we can provide you with more information about each of these options. We will work together to choose a treatment plan that is best for you.
8. It’s Suitable for Both Men and Women
Women aren’t the only ones who develop varicose veins. Although women are more likely to develop venous diseases than men, everyone can suffer from varicose veins and other vein issues. This treatment offers a fantastic solution for men who would like to minimize the prominence of their varicose veins and improve the discomfort and other symptoms that are associated with this condition.
9. It’s Performed by Skilled Professionals
We have a deep commitment to treating varicose veins, spider veins, and other related issues. In fact, we were the first vein center in Maryland to receive accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. This accreditation is given to medical providers who offer the highest service and care. We are extremely skilled at addressing complicated health conditions like venous ulcers and non-healing wounds. In fact, wound centers throughout the mid-Atlantic region refer patients with these issues to us.
A Talented Team
We employ a professional team that is dedicated to addressing vein issues in a professional, safe manner. In particular, Dr. Kelly O’Donnell is a Registered Physician of Vascular Interpretation and a Registered Vascular Technologist. When you come to us for treatment, you can be confident that you are working with skilled professionals with extensive experience in treating damaged veins.
10. It Closes Off Unneeded Veins
People sometimes worry that their blood will not flow properly without their varicose veins. This is not accurate. Your legs have both superficial and deep venous systems. During your treatment, we will close superficial veins that have become damaged. Closing these damaged veins will direct your blood to superficial veins that are healthy. Your blood will also be directed to your deep venous system.
11. It’s Very Effective
This is a proven treatment that can significantly improve your varicose veins. In fact, we have up to a ninety-eight percent success rate with this vein treatment. Further, this treatment does not cause you to develop scars. You’ll look and feel better once you achieve the full effect of your treatment.
12. It’s Suitable for Most Healthy Adults
This is an easy treatment that can help a wide variety of people. In general, any healthy adult who wants to improve the condition of their varicose veins can benefit from this treatment.
During your initial consultation, we will examine your veins. We will also talk about your preferences and goals. We will use this information to select a suitable vein treatment for you.
Try It for Yourself
You don’t have to go through life with varicose veins. We can address this issue in a quick, efficient manner with vein ablation. To learn more about how this wonderful treatment can enhance your appearance and improve your qualify of life, contact us at O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, Maryland for an initial consultation today.