Treat Spider Veins and More in Santa Barbara
Laser varicose vein treatment offers immediate relief from bulging, painful, unattractive varicose veins. In Santa Barbara, Turner Medical Arts offers Endovenous Laser Treatment, also known as VenaCure EVLT™, which is quickly becoming regarded as the "gold standard" of varicose vein treatments. For smaller "spider veins," Turner Medical Arts offers sclerotherapy, an effective treatment to eliminate those tiny red blood vessels often found on the legs. Patients from Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Thousand Oaks, and Central California trust the experience and skill of Duncan Turner MD to help them eliminate painful symptoms and reveal their beautiful legs again.
Both sclerotherapy and EVLT™ varicose vein treatment are simple and effective, requiring no surgery and little or no anesthesia. No incision means no scarring, so recovery is fast and requires no downtime. Immediately following either procedure, patients may return to their normal activities.
To find out which spider or varicose vein treatment is right for you, schedule a personalized consultation today by calling our office at (805) 962-1957.
Varicose Vein Treatment Facts and Options for Santa Barbara Area Patients
Although many patients feel like they are the only ones suffering from the discomfort and appearance of varicose veins, this condition is extremely common in aging women. Varicose veins appear anywhere from the groin to the ankle and are easily identified by their bulging, knot–like appearance. They can also make legs feel heavy, tired, swollen, and achy, symptoms that often worsen when people sit or stand for long periods of time.
Varicose veins are caused by increased pressure inside the superficial blood vessels of the legs. The following risk factors make certain individuals more prone to developing this condition:
heredity, gender, excess weight, pregnancy, number of pregnancies, age, inactivity, hormone levels, and physical trauma, among others.
Because each patient's condition will depend on the risk factors listed above, it is important to consult with a trusted, experienced physician to determine which varicose vein treatment option is best for you. At Turner Medical Arts, we begin by recommending the most conservative treatment therapy possible to help you achieve your goals:
- Weight loss
- Physical activity
- Compression stockings
- Work–environment modification
Often these therapeutic modifications alleviate symptoms and prevent patients from acquiring more varicose veins. However, if symptoms persist, Duncan Turner MD performs Endovenous Laser Treatment, also known as VenaCure EVLT™, or sclerotherapy as medical varicose vein treatment.
How Does the EVLT™ Varicose Vein Treatment Work?
EVLT™ uses targeted laser energy, which is simply a highly concentrated beam of light, to seal and close off the blood vessel. During the varicose vein treatment procedure, Duncan Turner MD begins by applying a local anesthetic to numb the area. He then inserts a thin fiber into the damaged vein, and as he slowly removes it, laser light energy emits from the fiber, causing the vein to close and seal shut. The blood that once circulated through these superficial blood vessels automatically reroutes to healthier ones nearby.
Following varicose vein treatment, some patients may experience temporary soreness or mild swelling, which we recommend treating with over–the–counter pain relievers. These symptoms typically resolve within a few days. We encourage patients to walk immediately after the varicose vein treatment procedure and resume their normal activities that day.
How Does Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment Work?
Sclerotherapy is the most effective treatment for spider veins or very small varicose veins. It involves injecting a scerosing solution into each tiny, superficial blood vessel so that it eventually collapses and is reabsorbed by the body. The blood that once flowed through that blood vessel automatically reroutes to another one.
During the procedure, most patients will lie down while Duncan Turner MD performs the injections. Once he has finished the spider or varicose vein treatment, he will apply compression bandages, which must be worn overnight and possibly longer. Most patients see results three to six weeks after their varicose vein treatment.
*Individual results may vary