Varicose Veins Specialist
Varicose Vein Treatment in Augusta, GA
Millions of Americans suffer from some form of vein problem. From tiny, spiky spider veins to long, bulging varicose veins, vein issues can be at best, an aesthetic blemish and at worst, the cause of potentially serious health complications. As a varicose veins specialist, Dr. James Sherman offers a variety of minimally invasive vein treatments that can be used to address these vein problems. With his help, you can get rid of varicose veins and spider veins and improve your appearance, physical comfort, and medical health in the process.
Why Get Vein Treatment?
- Vein treatment can improve your aesthetic appearance, smooth out the skin, and eliminate discoloration
- Vein treatment eliminates varicose veins that can cause serious health complications, such as leg ulcers and blood clots
- Vein treatment can eliminate symptoms of vein disease, including:
- Aching, cramping, itching, and burning
- Swelling and numbness
- Fatigue or heaviness in the legs
- Restless legs
- Leg rashes
- Common Vein Problems
- Treatment Options
- Varicose veins: Enlarged, rope-like veins that bulge outward from the skin
- Bluish in color
- Most commonly found on the calves and thighs
- Spider veins: Small, spiky veins that look like spider webs or tree branches
- Typically red or blue in color
- Commonly found on the legs and face
- VenaSeal™: A medical adhesive is injected into the varicose vein, causing the vein to seal itself closed.
- ClosureFast™: Radiofrequency energy ablates the walls of the varicose vein, causing it to close.
- Laser ablation therapy: A small laser cauterizes the varicose vein so that it closes and collapses.
- Sclerotherapy (injection therapy): A medicinal chemical is injected into the spider vein, which becomes inflamed and then seals shut and collapses.
- Varithena®: A medical microfoam is injected into the vein. The foam fills and treats the vein until it collapses, after which the microfoam is deactivated.
Frequently Asked Questions about Varicose Veins
What are the risk factors for varicose veins?
Aging is a primary risk factor for varicose veins. Individuals with a family history of varicose veins are at higher risk. Women have a higher risk than men due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause. Other risk factors include being overweight, having a generally sedentary lifestyle, and having poor circulation due to occupational work that requires extended periods of standing or sitting.
Which vein treatment is best?
The best vein treatment for you will depend on a variety of factors, the most important of which is the type of vein problem you have. (Some treatments can only be performed on certain types of veins.) Among treatments used for similar types of veins, there are some advantages to choosing one treatment over another. For example, ClosureFast™ has a lower rate of pain, bruising, and complications when compared to laser ablation. VenaSeal™ improves overall patient comfort and requires no downtime while maintaining a high rate of success. Dr. Sherman can discuss your treatment options with you and help you decide which technique is best for your needs.
What will the treatment procedure be like?
Your treatment experience will vary depending on the technique used for your procedure. Some techniques require a small incision and may be associated with slight discomfort, although anesthesia may be used to alleviate your discomfort. Your treatment should last between 20 and 60 minutes. Depending on the technique, you will be able to resume your normal activities immediately or within a few days. Only one treatment session is needed to achieve the desired result.
What are the side effects of vein treatment?
Side effects may vary depending on the technique used. Some temporary side effects may include redness, warmth, or swelling in the treated area. These typically resolve within several hours.
When will I see results?
Depending on the technique used, results may be visible immediately or within one to two weeks after your treatment. Your quality of life should improve as symptomatic veins, once destroyed, will no longer cause unwanted symptoms. Aesthetically, the treated area will have noticeable improvement with more even coloring and smoother texture.
Will my insurance cover vein treatment?
Vein problems that do not cause symptoms are not usually eligible for insurance coverage. However, when varicose veins cause symptoms and health problems, most insurances will provide partial or full coverage for vein treatment. If Dr. Sherman diagnoses you with symptomatic vein disease, you may be able to get coverage for treatment. Check with your insurance provider to determine your eligibility.