This is an issue both identified and addressed by Dr. Raymond D. Wolf, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who performs Laser Vein Therapy in Dayton, Ohio with a unique twist. At Dr. Wolf's Rejuvenation Center (Advanced Therapeutics)
Varicose Veins - The Bad News
Varicose veins are expanded vessels caused by blood flowing from “leaky” leg veins down towards the feet - this is the opposite direction for proper blood flow. Normally, blood flows upward from one way valves within the leg veins towards the heart. This “leaky” vein condition is also known as superficial venous reflux disease.
Varicose veins can be a real problem to deal with because they can physical limit the activity of the women that have them. Usually veins exceeding 3mm are painful. They are also hard to conceal because they look like ropes under the skin, producing a noticeable bulging in the affected area(s).
Conditions like varicose or spider veins are often treated by the insurance companies as cosmetic conditions. However, larger, more painful varicose veins are considered to be a medical issue.
If a woman with varicose veins is considering getting them removed, she should first have a physician perform a venous ultrasound evaluation to determine if she actually has varicose veins.
The Good News
Varicose veins can be treated effectively. Dr Wolf employs a technique known as Endovenous Laser Therapy in which tiny laser fibers are applied to the vein through a needle puncture. This involves an injection that sends small laser fibers directly to the afflicted vein. It is a highly recommended procedure for fighting back against varicose veins.
Spider Veins: The Bad News
Spider veins (roadmap veins) are red, blue or purple tiny superficial vessels that appear on the ankles, thighs and/or calves of women. Spider veins are much smaller in comparison to varicose veins, but what they lack in size, they make up for in color.
Both varicose veins and spider veins actually worsen with time, so women that have either - or both - of these conditions should seek removal options as early as possible. Insurance does not cover removal, as most insurance companies deem spider veins to be more cosmetic than medically problematic.
Spider Veins: The Good News
There is hope for spider veins - and that hope comes in the form of Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a noninvasive procedure that is incredibly simple and effective in aggressively attacking the problem vessels directly at their source. It’s for these reasons, coupled with the minimal downtime, that this procedure is both respected and popular in the cosmetic surgery industry.
A fluid filled syringe is injected directly into the problem vein. From this point on, the vessel lining expands and swells. Eventually the swelling subsides and the vessel adheres to itself - creating scar tissue that replaces the affected vein(s). The tissue surrounding the affected vessel fades and in time, is unable to be seen.
Whether you are suffering from spider or varicose veins Dr Wolf can offer hope and relief to those who reside in or are willing to travel to the greater Dayton area for his treatments.
About Dr. Wolf
Dr. Wolf is a board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Osteopath practicing laser vein therapy in Dayton Ohio. Wolf has received personal training from industry leaders within the cosmetic surgery and phlebology fields and has incorporated these teaching and techniques into his treatments for spider veins and varicose veins. Dr. Wolf has performed safe and effective surgical and non-surgical procedures in Vandalia, West Alexandria and Centerville, since 1989.
Dr Wolf's Rejuvenation Center & Plastic Surgery: Dayton Ohio
7901 Schatz Point Suite D, Dayton, OH
AdvancedTherapeutics (Website): Vein Therapy in Dayton,Ohio
Video of Dr Wolf performing Laser Vein Surgery