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Who is a Risk for Varicose Veins?

Vein disease is the most common vascular condition that exists. In fact, diseases of the veins are 10 times more common than diseases of the arteries. The most common type of vein disease that individuals experience are varicose veins. Varicose veins appear as large protruding veins that occur most commonly on the surface of the legs. They can occur in any location of the legs and are often first noticeable because of their typical appearance. Read on for more information on varicose vein removal Ocean County NJ.

 

Causes

Varicose veins are typically caused by an underlying condition, known as venous reflux disease or venous insufficiency. This term refers to non-functioning, or weakened, valves in veins which run lengthwise in the legs and are often connected to the veins which become varicose. When the valves do not function properly, this causes blood to pool in the lower portion of the legs. As the blood pools, the pressure within the veins increases and they begin to enlarge and swell over time. This causes the characteristic appearance of bulging veins in the legs.

 

While people with unsightly leg veins often notice how they look, they are actually not just a cosmetic problem. Varicose veins are often associated with a variety of symptoms. Most typically, people describe tired, achy, heavy legs. Skin itching is also very commonly associated with varicose veins. As the condition worsens affected individuals experience worsening of those symptoms and may also experience leg swelling and skin darkening in the lower legs. In more severe cases, people may develop phlebitis (blood clots) or wounds in the lower legs known as venous leg ulcers (VLUs).

 

Risk Factors

There are a number of known risk factors for varicose veins. Family history, or genetic risk is one of the most common factors. Individuals with a relative with varicose veins are at a higher risk. Increasing age is another important risk. It is estimated that as many as 25% of individuals will experience some degree of varicose vein disease within their lives. Occupations or lifestyles that involve long periods of sitting in one place or standing are also at significant risk. Pregnancy is another well recognized risk factor. Often, varicose veins that develop during pregnancy will improve after delivery of the baby. However, many women will see further worsening with subsequent pregnancies and the condition may persist long-term. Finally, being overweight puts one at an increased risk of varicose veins and venous insufficiency.

 

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 20 years of experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures. We treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as ClosureFast (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, Excel V laser, and other treatments. We specialize in the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

 

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, treatment is easier than you might realize. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

 

What is the Enlighten 3 Laser and Why is it Better?

One of the first things that many individuals discover when exploring options to have their tattoo removed is that there are many different centers available to perform that treatment. One of the differences between many centers is the type of laser, or lasers, used to remove tattoos. Not all lasers are the same. Laser technology has advanced greatly in recent years. The type of laser used is very important in obtaining the best possible results.

In understanding why certain lasers are better than others, one must first understand how lasers work to remove tattoos. Tattoo ink is designed to be permanent. The body views this ink as a foreign substance and tries to eliminate it. However, the ink is made of particles that are too big for the body to eliminate. Laser works with the body’s own natural immune system to remove tattoos by breaking those ink particles into smaller ones that the immune system is able to handle.

If you think of the ink particles as “rocks,” laser energy is delivered into those “rocks” in very fast pulsations, breaking the “rocks” into “pebbles.” Those smaller “pebbles can then begin to be eliminated by the body. The problem is that the smaller “pebbles” are often not small enough to be completely removed.

That is where the new Enlighten 3 laser comes in. Enlighten 3 delivers its energy into the tattoo ink at the speed of a picosecond, or one trillionth of a second. That is 1000 times faster than the pulsations of older lasers, making it much more effective in removing the ink more completely. Instead of the energy breaking the “rocks” into “pebbles,” it pulverizes them into “sand.” That is why the Enlighten 3 pico laser is so effective in removing tattoos.

The other important thing to understand is that different colored inks require different wavelengths of laser energy to remove them. The Enlighten 3 laser uses 3 distinct wavelengths of energy to treat tattoos of all colors. It is like having multiple different highly effective lasers contained in one very technically advanced machine. This allows for effective removal of nearly all tattoos.

So, the type of laser used to treat your tattoo can make the difference between excellent and poor results. The Enlighten 3 laser uses the latest picosecond technology, combined with 3 unique wavelengths of laser energy to effectively treat most tattoos faster and more completely than with other lasers.

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center / Aesthetic Laser Center, we use the Enlighten 3 picosecond laser for tattoo removal. All procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a double Board Certified Surgeon with extensive experience with laser procedures.

If you have a tattoo that you now regret, treatment is available for you. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center has been serving individuals in Atlantic Count, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey for more than 20 years. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.EndTattooRegret.com.

Spider Veins: What they are and How They Are Treated

Millions of people notice the appearance of tiny purple lines on their legs. They are one of the most common conditions that we see at Shore Vascular & Vein Center. Some people only notice a few of them scattered over the legs. In other people there are many dense dark purple lines. These finding are what we commonly call spider veins.

 

What Spider Veins Are

They are also known by the more technical term, telengiectasias. Spider veins are related to varicose veins. Both spider veins and varicose veins are considered forms of venous insufficiency. Spider veins are the mildest form of this condition. They are abnormally dilated (enlarged) veins within the skin, whereas varicose veins are larger dilated veins that usually lie a bit deeper, in the tissues beneath the skin.

 

Causes and Concern

For most people, spider veins are a cosmetic concern. They cause dark lines and spots on the legs that frequently look like bruises. Some people with spider veins may experience localized discomfort such as burning or itching. Also, in certain cases, spider veins can cause bleeding that is described as perfuse. Spider veins can occur anywhere on the legs, but two of the most common locations are the inside of the thighs and around the ankles.

Spider veins are mostly caused by genetic reasons. While they may be somewhat more common in people who spend a lot of time up on their legs, such as for work, there really isn’t anything that prevents them. The good news, however is that there are various treatment options available that are safe, effective and easy to have performed.

 

Treatments

One of the most common treatments for spider veins is sclerotherapy. During sclerotherapy, a medication is injected through a tiny needle directly into the vein. Since the veins are right on the skin surface, the medication can be seen flowing through the vein, confirming that it is placed throughout the veins being treated. This causes the tiny veins to collapse. They are then absorbed by the body over time. There is minimal discomfort associated with sclerotherapy and people return to the usual activities immediately. There are a few specific instructions that are explained by the doctor. Individuals are also instructed to wear compression stocking for a few days.

Another common treatment for spider veins is laser. A specific type of laser energy is delivered into the veins which causes them to collapse. The body then absorbs the veins over time, eliminating or lessening the appearance.

 

Shore Vascular and Vein Center

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 20 year of experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures. We treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as ClosureFast (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, Excel V laser, and other treatments. We specialize in the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, treatment is easier than you might realize. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

Myths about Varicose Veins – Continued

There are many myths surrounding the significance, causes and treatment options for varicose veins. In a previous article we wrote about some of those varicose vein myths, and explained the real facts. In this article, we will expand upon those myths, and explain the real facts surrounding other common misconceptions about varicose veins.

 

  1. Myth: Varicose Vein Treatment Requires Painful Surgery

Fact: Most of the modern treatments for varicose veins do not require painful surgery or hospitalization. The majority of treatments can be performed right in the office. The treatments are minimally-invasive which means, by definition, are different from the older surgical techniques that were required in the past.

  1. Myth: Varicose Vein Treatment Requires Long Recovery

Fact: Long recovery times from treatment is another of the varicose vein myths we come across. Because the current treatments used are minimally-invasive, most people are able to return to their usual activities very soon after treatment. Most people are encouraged to walk and even do other types of exercise immediately following treatment.

  1. Myth: Varicose Vein Treatment is Risky

Fact: Varicose vein treatments are some of the safest procedures performed today. While there are potential risks associated with any type of medical treatment, serious complications associated with varicose vein treatment should be very uncommon. As part of deciding what treatment option is best for you, in our center, the doctor will discuss the risk and benefits of the available treatments in detail with you during your consultation.

  1. Myth: Varicose Vein Treatment is Not Covered by Health Insurance

Fact: This is one of the most common varicose vein myths that we need to clarify in our center. Many people mistakenly believe that their treatment will not be covered by health insurance. This is very often not true. Many of the vein treatment procedures performed in our center are covered by individuals’ health insurance. That is because varicose veins are very often more than just a cosmetic problem. They are often the result of an underlying medical condition involving the valves in the veins of the legs. All of the patients seen at Shore Vascular & Vein Center will have a thorough evaluation to determine whether their condition is one that should be covered by insurance. Our insurance specialists then will work directly with your insurance company to obtain coverage.

 

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 20 year of experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures. We treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as ClosureFast (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, Excel V laser, and other treatments. We specialize in the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, treatment is easier than you might realize. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

How to Select a Doctor to Treat Your Varicose Veins

You wouldn’t call a plumber to fix your electricity. Likewise, you wouldn’t call a carpenter to fix your air-conditioning. The same principle applies to your healthcare. You wouldn’t go to an eye doctor to treat your heart or a dermatologist to treat your lungs. So why wouldn’t you seek the same expertise when having vein treatment? The answer is, you should. Your veins are an important part of your circulatory system. You should seek a specialist with the proper training, experience and Board Certification.

There are many individuals who call themselves “vein doctors.” While there are many doctors in the United States who are properly trained and well qualified to treat varicose veins, there are others who have not completed the same rigorous type of training. Training and experience matter.

When seeking a vein treatment physician to treat your varicose veins you should investigate the individuals’ training and qualifications. A few important questions that you should have answered are:

Is this individual a Board Certified Vascular Specialist?

-Did he or she complete a fellowship accredited by The American Board of Medical Specialties or simply take a few courses to learn the basics of vein treatment?

-Does your physician have an IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Committee) Accredited noninvasive vascular lab to accurately diagnose your condition? Proper treatment first requires accurate diagnosis.

 

What is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon?

Vascular surgeons have all completed a minimum of five years, and often as many as eight years of surgical training, with emphasis during that training on treatment of the circulatory system. Vascular surgeons are the only specialists trained in all aspects of vascular care, ranging from minimally-invasive procedures to complex surgery. They are the only physicians who are able to use all of those different types of procedures to treat the circulatory system. Therefore, when you are under the care of a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon, you will have the greatest number of vein treatment options available to you, regardless of the specifics of your condition.

A Vascular Surgeon’s training must meet rigorous requirements for them to be eligible to become Board Certified. The Board Certification process requires the physician to pass both a written and oral examination administered by The American Board of Surgery. This certification must be maintained and renewed at regular intervals to ensure that the physician has maintained the knowledge necessary to remain “current.”

 

What Does it Mean to be Board Certified?

“The American Board of Surgery is a nonprofit organization founded in 1937 to assess the qualification of individuals in the field of surgery.” Certification by The American Board of Surgery demonstrates a surgeon’s commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning and quality patient care. Board certification requires completion of the necessary education, training and experience. It is a prestigious designation that your vascular doctor should have achieved.

 

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 20 years of experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures. We treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as ClosureFast (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, Excel V laser, and other treatments. We specialize in the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, treatment is easier than you might realize. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, and varicose vein removal.

 


Serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

5 Myths about Varicose Veins

Myth: Varicose Veins are Just a Cosmetic Problem

Fact: Many people incorrectly believe that varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem. While there certainly is a cosmetic element to varicose veins, a vascular surgeon knows they are often more than just cosmetic. Varicose veins are commonly caused by weakened valves in leg veins. This is a vascular disease called venous reflux disease. It often causes leg pain, leg fatigue, leg heaviness, swelling, and skin itching. In more serious cases it can cause permanent skin damage, leg wounds and blood clots. It is a condition that typically will get worse over time if left untreated.

 

Myth: Varicose Veins are only a “Female Problem”

Fact: While it’s true that varicose veins are more common in women, many men are also affected. In fact, some estimates suggest that as many as 45% of all men will develop varicose veins at some point in their lives.

 

Myth: Exercise Makes Varicose Veins Worse

Fact: As stated above, varicose veins are commonly caused by abnormal pooling of blood in the lower legs. While standing in one position for a long period of time will often make this worse, exercise usually has the reverse effect. Exercises, such as walking, running and other activities which involve contraction of the leg muscles actually helps to relieve some of the pooling blood. While it does not cure the underlying problem, exercise often helps to relieve some of the symptoms of varicose veins. Exercise is also very important for general health considerations. Therefore, people with varicose veins should be encouraged to exercise, not avoid exercise.

 

Myth: Crossing Your Legs Causes Varicose Veins

Fact: For years, people have mistakenly believed the myth that crossing one’s legs causes varicose veins. This is actually not true. No scientific evidence has ever demonstrated that varicose veins are either caused by or worsened by crossing your legs.

 

Myth: Varicose Veins are Only an Older Person’s Problem

Fact: While varicose veins become more common as we age, they can, and often do affect people of all ages. That is because there are a number of risk factors other than age that can affect anyone. These risks include family history, prolonged sitting or standing (usually related to one’s work) being overweight and pregnancy.

 

 

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 20 years of experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures. We treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as ClosureFast (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, Excel V laser, and other treatments. We specialize in the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

 

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, contact a vascular surgeon. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation with a vascular surgeon or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

What Are the Causes of Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that look bulged and twisted and usually appear on the legs and feet. They develop when the veins in your lower extremities stop functioning properly. Normally, veins have tight valves that close and open to allow blood to smoothly flow to the heart. However, because of several factors, these valves can stop working and cause blood to flow backwards and pool in the vein. This causes the vein to get swollen and, since the blood in them is deoxygenated (or doesn’t contain oxygen), they develop a blue or dark purple color.

Several factors can contribute to the development of varicose veins. These include:

Genetics

Several studies show that genetics play a role in varicose veins. So, if you have family members who have this condition, there’s a chance that you’ll develop it as well.

Hormonal fluctuations

Female hormones estrogen and progesterone can cause blood vessel walls to weaken, which is why women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone can also damage the valves inside the veins. This is why women who are going through menopause, using hormone-based birth control methods, and taking hormone replacement therapy are at risk of developing varicose veins.

Pregnancy

The changing hormone levels during pregnancy can contribute to the development of varicose veins. Aside from hormones, the growing weight of the baby can increase the amount of pressure in the mother’s abdomen and pelvis and weaken the vein valves in the lower extremities. Fortunately, if you develop varicose veins during pregnancy, they can reduce in size and severity without medication around three to 12 months after you give birth.

Advanced age

Your veins become less elastic as you grow older, which means they’ll stretch and become more prone to accumulate blood. The valves in your veins also grow weaker as time passes by, so they become more likely to allow blood to pool in your veins.

Overweight

The pounds that you gain add more pressure to your pelvis and abdomen. These, in turn, make you more prone to developing varicose veins. Losing excess weight is the first step to reducing the appearance and severity of varicose veins.

Excessive standing or sitting

If your job requires you to stand most of the day, you might develop varicose veins since your blood doesn’t have much opportunity to circulate and ends up pooling in your legs. The same holds true if you sit down most of the time. To avoid this, find ways to get your legs moving throughout the day and promote proper blood circulation.

Poor fashion choices

While these issue rarely actually cause varicose veins, they can theoretically increase  the conditions that may cause worsening of veins in individuals who are otherwise prone to them. Wearing girdles and other tight clothing can increase pressure in your abdomen and pelvis and make you more prone to varicose veins. Wearing high heels is another factor; these shoes prevent your calf muscles from contracting as they do when wearing flat shoes. This means less blood is pushed from your legs back to your heart.  But wearing flat shoes will not eliminate the risk of developing varicose veins in people who are otherwise at risk.

 

These are some of the reasons why varicose veins develop. These veins usually won’t bother you but, if they become severe, they can cause pain and discomfort and irritate your skin on the affected area. When these happen, contact us here at Shore Vascular and Vein Center and take advantage of our varicose vein removal services in New Jersey. We offer both endovenous RF ablation and microphlebectomy to remove varicose veins and relieve you of their symptoms.

Now Is The Perfect Time To Have Your Varicose Veins Treated

People frequently ask if one particular time of year is better than others to have varicose vein removal Ocean County NJ. While we are able to treat veins at any time, during any season, the winter is often the most convenient and preferable season for many people. There are multiple reasons for this which will be described below.

Reasons for Winter Varicose Vein Treatment

Many varicose vein treatments require the temporary use of compression stockings.  Many of the stockings made today are actually quite comfortable to wear. However, they are not very fashionable when worn with shorts.  During the winter months, we are usually wearing long pants rather than shorts. Therefore, the compression stockings are hidden under the pants. Also, being close to the Shore, many people want to spend a lot of time at the beach. This is not very conducive to the use of compression stockings either.  Having your veins treated during the winter months avoids these issues.

The second reason that winter is a preferable time to treat varicose veins for many people is that certain treatments require limiting sun exposure for a period of time after treatment. Therefore, for most, limiting sun exposure with varicose vein removal Ocean County NJ is usually not a problem during the winter months in our region.

The third reason that winter is preferable is that people often want to have their legs ready for summer. However, they don’t leave enough time time to schedule treatment and allow for complete healing before summer arrives. Unfortunately, it is quite common for people to make their first consultation to learn about treatment in April or May. Then to want treatment completed and their cosmetic results maximized before Memorial Day! We always try to complete people’s treatments in their desired time-frame. However, there needs to be enough time to obtain insurance authorization for covered procedures. We then need to schedule and complete the necessary treatment. If we begin the process long before summer gets here, it is easy to have varicose vein removal Ocean County NJ completed before “shorts season”.

Treatment for Varicose Veins

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins, treatment is easier than you might realize.  At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, we treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as Closure (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy and Excel V laser.  Most treatments are completed right in the office and do not require hospitalization.  Patients typically experience little to no discomfort and get back to work and other usual activities within about a day. In addition, depending on the condition being treated, many procedures are covered by health insurance. In our center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified vascular surgeon with over 20 years experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures.

Shore Vascular & Vein Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

What’s New in the Treatment of Varicose Veins

Shore Vascular & Vein Center is committed to providing the latest, state-of-the-art treatments to their patients.  When new treatments become available for varicose vein removal New Jersey, they investigate those treatments for safety, effectiveness, patient experience, cost and other important factors. The team at Shore Vascular and Vein Center then make that information available to their patients and utilize all of the available information in deciding what treatments are most appropriate for each individual patient. Below is information originally published as an FDA News Release about a new treatment for varicose veins, called VenaSeal.

VenaSeal: New Treatment in Varicose Vein Removal New Jersey

“There are two types of veins—deep veins and superficial veins. Superficial veins are those that are close to the skin. Veins contain one-way valves that open to let blood flow through and then shut to keep blood from flowing backward. When valves of the superficial system are weak or damaged, blood can back up and pool, which can cause varicose veins that are enlarged, swollen or twisted.

Varicose veins often cause no symptoms but some patients may experience mild to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers or other problems, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. If these issues occur, health care professionals may recommend treatment such as compression stockings or medical procedures to remove or close the affected veins.

The VenaSeal system is intended for patients with superficial varicose veins of the legs that cause symptoms. The sterile kit is made up of an adhesive, a specially formulated n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate, and delivery system components that include a catheter, guidewire, dispenser gun, dispenser tips, and syringes.

The device must be used as a system and differs from procedures that use drugs, laser, radio waves or cuts in the skin to close or remove veins. A trained healthcare professional inserts the catheter through the skin into the diseased vein to allow injection of the VenaSeal adhesive, a clear liquid that polymerizes into solid material. The healthcare professional monitors proper placement of the catheter using ultrasound imaging during delivery of the adhesive into the diseased vein to seal it.

What Do Other Health Care Professionals Say

“This new system is the first to permanently treat varicose veins by sealing them with an adhesive, thereby giving patients another treatment option for this common condition,” said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., acting director of the Office of Device Evaluation in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Because the VenaSeal system does not incorporate heat application or cutting, the in-office procedure can allow patients to quickly return to their normal activities, with less bruising.” “

Where Can I Get The New VenaSeal Treatment?

VenaSeal is available at Shore Vascular & Vein Center, along with numerous other minimally invasive treatments for venous insufficiency and varicose vein removal New Jersey.  If you are experiencing the symptoms or appearance of varicose veins, call for a consultation. It’s important to learn which treatments are best to treat your particular condition.

 

Shore Vascular & Vein Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey.  All treatments are performed by a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon.  Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Spider Veins

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are small, thin veins in the skin that usually appear pink or red in color and affect millions of people. They will often occur in clusters, which can give them the appearance of a bruise. They most commonly occur on the legs, but spider veins can also occur other places on the body, particularly on the face, around the nose. Spider veins can affect individuals of all ages. However, they tend to be more common, and get worse as we age.

Spider veins are related to varicose veins in the sense that they both represent a type of venous insufficiency. However, spider veins are most commonly a cosmetic issue, whereas the larger varicose veins are more frequently associated with physical symptoms such as leg pain, leg fatigue and other problems.

Spider veins tend to occur in groups with multiple veins. They are often numerous and can be unsightly. In other situations, spider veins can bleed. Bleeding is often a result of the spider veins being nicked while shaving. In other cases, the bleeding may be spontaneous. Bleeding from spider veins is far less common than cosmetic concerns.  However, when it does occur, the bleeding can be significant. This is especially true in individuals who take blood thinning medication for other unrelated problems. Fortunately, there are a variety of excellent treatment options available.

One of the longest used treatments for spider veins is called sclerotherapy. A medication called a sclerosing agent is injected into the clusters of veins during sclerotherapy. In the past, saline was the most common sclerosing agent used. Today, at Shore Vascular & Vein Center, we have replaced saline with a newer agent known as Asclera. The main advantage to Asclera is that it is much more comfortable for patients. With the older saline injections, people would experience a burning sensation during the injections. With the newer Asclera that we use, there is almost no pain at all.

We also are one of a very few centers in our region to offer the Excel V laser. Excel V is a specialized award winning laser that is specifically designed to treat vascular conditions like spider veins. The laser can be used anywhere on the body, including the face. It is also an excellent treatment for port wine stain birth marks, rosacea and numerous other vascular conditions.

We also offer a treatment call VeinGogh. During VeinGogh treatment, energy is delivered directly into the vein through a tiny needle. VeinGogh can be very effective in treating spider veins on the face and legs. However, the Excel V laser has largely replaced it in our office.

Regardless of the method used, spider vein treatment requires time, patience and repetition. Multiple spider vein treatments are commonly needed and they are typically spread apart by a few weeks. Every patient’s condition is different. The total amount of treatments needed are impossible to state in an article such as this. Our doctor will thoroughly examine your situation, discuss the various treatment options, and give you a realistic expectation of how long the process should take in your particular case.

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center in Somers Point, New Jersey, we specialize in the most advanced treatments of vascular disease, including spider veins. Our Board Certified Vascular Surgeon, Jeffrey Gosin, M.D performs all treatments. We proudly serve Atlantic County, Cape May County, Ocean County and the surround southern N.J. areas. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346)  for a consultation or visit us on the web at GetGreatLegs.com.