Varicose Vein Removal
Varicose vein removal is accomplished through several procedures; however the physical removal of the vein is called Micro Phlebectomy. Typically, this procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in order to improve the appearance of a patient’s skin. In addition, micro phlebectomy may be used alongside with other varicose vein treatments, including vein stripping, laser treatment or radiofrequency.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are swollen, painful and unattractive veins that appear blue, purple and red on the skin’s surface. They become overfilled with blood whenever the valves within the veins stop functioning properly. Patients complain about the presence of the veins as they mostly affect the veins in the legs.
Initially, the presence of varicose veins are noticed when the veins become highly visible and misshaped. In other cases, patients describe pain, aches and sensations of heaviness in the legs. Lastly, patients with severe cases will develop heavy skin discoloration and ulcers around the ankles.
Understanding Varicose Vein Removal Treatment
The varicose vein treatment procedure involves a number of vital steps that lead up to restoring the normal appearance of the patient’s skin. First, a special light source that marks the location of the diseased vein to be removed. Local or regional anesthesia is applied so that the patient can remain in comfort for the duration of the procedure. Small incisions or needle punctures are made in the skin so that small surgical hooks can be inserted. These hooks grasp the diseased vein and then the diseased vein is removed. This treatment usually allows the diseased vein to be removed in one visit. The incisions do not require stitches or sutures and the procedure will not require hospitalization. The scars that result are usually very unnoticeable and fade away over time.
Patients rarely experience pain during this procedure, since the area is treated under local anesthesia. Recovery time after varicose vein treatment varies among patients, because it solely depends on the amount of veins removed and the severity of damage caused by veins. After the procedure, the patient wears a compression bandage for approximately two weeks which helps to minimize swelling and discomfort while ensuring proper healing. Patients having this procedure can return to normal activity the day after treatment.
While most patients do not view varicose veins as a concern, there have been cases that lead to developing ulcers, sores and blood clots. In some severe cases, the veins have actually ruptured since no actions were taken to remove them. If you do notice irregular swelling or discoloration of veins then now is the time to consider connecting with Americas Cosmetic Surgery Centers to schedule a consultation