Varicose veins affect an estimated 25% of women and 15% of men, causing problems that range from embarrassment to leg pain and serious complications. Dr. Susan Hyun at Miracle Laser Medical Clinic is an expert at treating varicose veins with endovenous laser ablation. This safe and minimally invasive treatment is done in the office in Santa Clarita, California, and your recovery is quick. To get rid of your varicose veins, call the clinic or use online booking to schedule a consultation.
The veins in your legs work against gravity as they carry blood back to your heart. Two built-in mechanisms work together to keep blood moving in the right direction: Muscle contractions push blood up, while one-way valves inside the veins open to let blood flow up, then close to prevent it from going back down.
When the valves fail to work properly, blood can flow backward. The valves could weaken, or they may not close tightly. As a result, blood accumulates in the veins and builds up. The affected veins become enlarged and twisted, causing varicose veins.
Your risk for varicose veins increases as you get older, not only because valves tend to weaken over time, but also because veins can lose tone and stretch.
Varicose veins are well-known for their unsightly appearance. Beyond that, you may not develop any other symptoms, but some patients experience:
Over time, varicose veins can lead to complications such as skin ulcers or open sores near your ankles and chronic venous insufficiency.
Some patients at Miracle Laser Medical Clinic decide to treat their varicose veins due to painful symptoms, while others want to improve the appearance of their legs by eliminating the large, unattractive veins.
Dr. Hyun treats varicose veins using an effective procedure called endovenous laser ablation. During the procedure, she uses real-time ultrasound to visualize the veins and guide a small laser-containing catheter into the targeted area. As the laser sends out energy, its heat closes the varicose vein. Over time, the vein shrinks, your body eliminates the debris, and the vein disappears.
After your treatment, Dr. Hyun may recommend temporarily wearing compression stockings and avoiding any activity that requires prolonged sitting. Otherwise, you can get back to your normal activities. It’s important to stay active rather than rest, but you’ll need to avoid strenuous activity for a short time.
Miracle Laser Medical Clinic accepts most commercial PPO insurances for varicose vein treatments.
If you’re ready to eliminate varicose veins, call Miracle Laser Medical Clinic or book a consultation online.