A busy lifestyle in today’s world with rushed meals, poor diet, disrupted sleep, intense work schedules and standing for hours at a time, takes its toll on your body. One of the most visible results of stress and long hours on your feet are unsightly and often painful varicose veins – those red, blue, sometimes thick ropey and bulging veins in your legs. Thankfully, our non-surgical service for varicose veins can treat your problem with a surprisingly simple technique. At our clinic you can more-or-less lie back and simply relax while having varicose vein treatment procedures that are fast, safe and relatively pain free. More importantly, they are non-surgical and very effective. Compared to surgery these techniques are now thought to be safer, give better cosmetic results, better long term results, and are cheaper. Surgery should be obsolete for varicose veins. A rejuvenated and healthy appearance of your legs will also recharge your self-esteem.
How are Varicose Veins formed?
Veins carry your blood from the body back to the heart. They have valves that act as one-way security gates meant to prevent the blood from flowing in the wrong direction. When the vein wall degenerates the valves also weaken, the blood leaks back into the vein lower down and collects there. The bad vein then gets bigger and becomes tortuous or varicose. Age, pregnancy, obesity and inactivity can all contribute to the formation of varicose veins but mostly it is a an inherited weakness. Varicose veins are not only unsightly but they can be extremely painful. Other symptoms are restless legs at night, increased incidence of muscle cramps and deep vein thrombosis. In some clients varicose eczema and varicose ulcers can form. Having them removed is good for your health as well as your looks.
How do We Remove Varicose Veins?
We have three different removal methods; Sclerotherapy and Endovenous Laser Ablation or by Venaseal (vein glue).
Sclerotherapy- Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. (USGFS)
Larger tortuous veins benefit from this procedure. The bad veins are mapped out, then a solution or microfoam containing a medicine is injected into the unwanted vein by an ultrasound guided needle. The medicine flushes out the vein and reacts with the vein wall causing it to go into spasm. The cells that make up the inside lining of the vein are destroyed losing their own blood supply and nutrients, thus the vein is closed/ destroyed, ultimately resolving into fibrous tissue.
Following an ultrasound map, anaesthetic numbs the skin and a drip is put in the unwanted vein, a laser catheter is inserted into the varicose vein, anaesthetic solution is then placed around the vein to numb it, but this solution also serves to empty the vein, it also protects the surrounding tissues from heat. Laser is then switched on, the client feels nothing, the laser is then withdrawn slowly and as it does the light energy from the catheter heats the vein’s wall, shrinking and closing it. The venous blood that used to fill this vein is then directed to healthy vein pathways thus improving the circulation.
Following an ultrasound map, a catheter is inserted in the varicose vein, then small aliquots of Venaseal glue (vein glue) is deposited every 3 cm down the length of the unwanted vein followed by some gentle pressure, it squeezes the vein wall closed permanently. This is becoming increasingly popular worldwide as it leaves the vein empty and very little dead blood (clot) in the vein. It has no risk of damaging nearby structures such as nerves and can be used safely from low down in the leg. There is also less need to wear stockings afterwards.
How Long Will It Take?
These are walk-in-walk-out procedures, so can easily be done over an hour. We have an anaesthetic cream available to ease the very small amount of discomfort some clients feel.
Will my Health Insurance cover the costs?
This is something you need to ask your insurers and it varies with different policies. All insurance companies see tese procedures as equivalent to a surgical procedure and are covered if you have surgical cover. Insurance companies would only be willing to fund treatment if there is a medical necessity to do so. Medical criteria such as the presence of symptoms and signs, and only for large veins. This has to be documented in our report of assessment. We have affiliations with almost all the major Health Insurers and can often charge them directly for your convenience.
Don’t live with the physical and emotional agony of unsightly varicose veins any longer! We have regular clinics throughout New Zealand: Henderson, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown, please contact us for your nearest centre. Email us on [email protected] or call today on 0800 256 654 (0800 2lookgood) for more information or to make an appointment for a better looking you today.