doctor performing vein mapping on patient before EVLA procedure

Treating Varicose Veins With Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

What Is Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)?

Endovenous laser ablation—also known as EVLA—is a minimally invasive vein procedure featuring top-of-the-line medical technology. Using a laser catheter, a vein specialist will close any problem veins you have. Here’s how it works:

  1. Ultrasound vein mapping is used to identify and target varicose veins. 
  2. Local anesthesia is placed on the area with varicose veins.
  3. A vein specialist inserts a laser catheter to close off and shrink problem veins. This redirects blood to healthy veins.
  4. Once all varicose veins are sealed off, the patient can leave the clinic—there is minimal downtime after the procedure

Quick and Effective Treatments for Varicose Veins

EVLA is a quick and effective treatment for varicose veins, with little to no downtime following the procedure. Typically it takes about 40-60  minutes from start to finish for an EVLA procedure—you’ll be back to your normal activities in no time! Patients may experience moderate pain during the short recovery process. 

Studies show that EVLA is highly effective at nixing varicose veins. Its overall success rate is 94% in patient satisfaction. That’s why EVLA is a leading treatment for problem veins and other venous conditions. It replaces the need for surgery by using cutting-edge lasers that quickly and effectively seal off damaged veins. 

Laser Treatment for Venous Insufficiency

Many people who seek varicose vein treatment often choose to go with EVLA to help them, but those aren’t the only people who can benefit from laser ablation. 

Those who suffer from chronic venous insufficiency also choose EVLA as a treatment option. Chronic venous insufficiency is when the legs don’t let blood flow back to your heart due to poorly functioning valves.  Symptoms of this include pain, swelling, skin discoloration, and leg ulcers.

EVLA is a good treatment for chronic venous insufficiency because it is less invasive, effective, and requires little downtime. 

EVLA Side Effects and Recovery

Although EVLA is quick, effective, and has a minimal recovery period, there are still some things to be aware of. Read on to learn about recovery from EVLA and the possible side effects you may experience following EVLA treatment.

Common Side Effects from EVLA Procedure

  • Mild to moderate pain in leg areas that underwent the procedure
  • Inflammation along the inner thigh
  • Some temporary bruising, tenderness, and discomfort

EVLA Recovery

  • Put an ice pack over the affected area to help reduce swelling
  • Keep the incisions out of water for 48 hours
  • Wear compression stockings for a couple of days to a few weeks to help prevent swelling
  • Walk often—about 3 times a day for 10-20 minutes—in the following weeks
  • No heavy lifting
  • No hot baths for 2 weeks

Endovenous Laser Ablation Reviews

At the Gilvydis Vein Clinic, our endovenous laser ablation treatment is one of our most popular and requested treatments. We’re the Midwest’s leading certified vein clinic with a team of vein professionals that have years of experience under their belt.

 There is no better vein clinic than the Gilvydis Vein Clinic, and our satisfied patients and hundreds of 5-star reviews are a testament to that. 

Gilvydis Vein Clinic Experience

See what our patients are saying:

“Over the top exceptional patient care by Dr. Gilvydis and his team. I was nervous over nothing. I believe most patients with vein concerns hesitate seeking care over a fear of pain. The most I felt during my procedure was a slight pinch. Their state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques allowed me the most restful sleep I’ve had in 9 months following my procedure earlier in the day. I’ve had no more leg pain at night since the night before my vein care. I returned the following week for follow-up and received the most incredible professional care. They truly care about their patients!”
– Tamara F.

 

“Dr. Gilvydis and his entire staff were amazing when I had my procedure done. They made the process so seamless and I never had to worry about anything. They have everything down pat like a well-oiled machine. Thank you to everyone there from the ladies to the front desk all the way up to the Dr. I would recommend them to anyone!”
– Anastasia I.

 

woman sitting at home on couch holding leg showing varicose veins

How To Get Rid of Varicose Veins

Getting rid of varicose veins is easier than you may think, even if you’re not going the medical treatment route. 

Varicose veins affect around 35% of people in the U.S. Don’t become a part of this statistic—read on to find out how you can take vein health back into your own hands.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Learning how to get rid of varicose veins starts with knowing exactly what they are. Varicose veins are superficial, gnarled veins that protrude from the skin. Typically, they’re darker than other veins and are common in legs and feet. 

Weakened or damaged valves cause varicose veins. This is what happens: the valves can’t properly transport blood throughout your veins, so the blood stays pooled in your veins. As time passes the blood pools up and darkens, causing the characteristics of gnarled, blueish varicose veins on legs.  

Causes and risk factors of varicose veins include:

  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Long periods of sitting
  • Family history and genetics
  • Obesity
  • Gender—more women have varicose veins than men
  • Leg injury
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal replacement or therapy

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins

Not to be confused with varicose veins, spider veins are also a cause of blood pooling near your skin’s surface. They get their name from their thin, spider-like appearance. They’re different than varicose veins because they tend to be less enlarged and swollen—and they’re typically harmless. For most people, spider veins are simply a cosmetic concern. 

If you have spider veins and would like to get rid of them, sclerotherapy is a popular, quick treatment option.

Why People Want To Get Rid of Varicose Veins

The top two reasons people want to rid themselves of varicose veins are because a.) it’s a cosmetic issue that bothers them and b.) it’s threatening their health. 

Cosmetic Issues

Many people get treatment for varicose veins because they want to show their legs off again! It can be hard to enjoy yourself and wear the shorts or skirt you want while worrying about what others think of your legs.

Health Conditions

Varicose veins start off as a cosmetic issue but can develop into a potentially life-threatening issue. If left untreated and worsening, varicose veins can put you at significantly increased risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and chronic venous insufficiency. This is when blood clots form in your veins and can run the risk of traveling throughout your system to your lungs. DVT is can be life-threatening. People with varicose veins are five times more likely to develop DVT, so if you notice varicose veins, it’s best to talk to a doctor about treatment.  

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Not sure if you have varicose veins? Here are some tell-tale signs:

  • Twisted, swollen veins
  • Bluish or green tinge to bulging veins
  • Aching pains in your legs
  • Heaviness in your legs
  • Itchiness or tingling in your lower legs
  • Occasional burning or throbbing

How To Get Rid of Varicose Veins in 3 Steps

If you have varicose veins, don’t worry—they’re usually treatable in less than a day and may even be covered under insurance. Here’s the best route to go for varicose vein treatment:

1. Schedule a Vein Screening for Ultrasound Vein Mapping 

First things first, find an IAC-accredited vein clinic with stellar reviews to schedule a vein screening at. During your screening, your vein specialists will map your veins using ultrasound. This allows them to see where your varicose veins are and what the best treatment route for you may be. 

2. Talk to Your Specialist To Decide on the Right Treatment

Treatment varies on a case-by-case basis. The most common treatments for varicose veins are laser ablations and sclerotherapy. Your vein doctor will give you the rundown on the benefits and drawbacks of both and can help you figure out which one works best for you. 

3. Treat Varicose Veins: Endovenous Laser Ablations or Sclerotherapy

Endovenous laser ablation: If you select this treatment, your vein doctor will insert a laser fiber into your legs and use heat to close the problem vein. This allows the blood to reroute through the surrounding healthy veins. It’s minimally invasive and the doctor applies a local anesthetic so that you won’t feel a thing!

Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is when a solution is injected into the problem vein. This allows it to scar and—similar to laser ablation—causes your blood to reroute through healthy veins. Once the varicose vein scars, it gets absorbed into your tissue and fades over time.

Both of these treatments are quick, relatively painless, and require little recovery time.  

Natural Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

You can also try different home remedies for varicose veins that will help you manage symptoms and may improve your veins. Natural treatments include:

 

  • Staying Active. Doctors recommend participating in low-impact exercises to help improve varicose vein symptoms. Activity helps get your blood flowing, which can improve your blood circulation. 
  • Wearing Compression Socks. Compression socks are great for varicose veins if you’re experiencing stiffness, pain, or swelling. A 2018 study found that those who use compression socks reported lower pain and aching from varicose veins. 
  • Eat Your Greens (Among Other Things). Having a healthy, balanced diet can help improve vein health. Be sure to eat veggies like spinach and broccoli; healthy fats like pistachios, salmon, and almonds; legumes like lentils and white beans; and eat healthy fibers present in oats, flaxseed, and other whole-grain foods.

Say Goodbye to Varicose Veins—It All Starts Here

Looking for a reliable place to get those varicose veins treated? Gilvydis is just the place. 

At the Gilvydis Vein Clinic, our commitment is to your vascular health—not to our paychecks or schedules. We always put our patients first to ensure they get the best, customized vein treatment plan they can get. We offer the latest treatment options for varicose veins, so gone are the days of painful, long vein treatments! 

Our hundreds of 5-star reviews and accolades are a testament to how much we care. We even offer free vein screenings to help you stay on top of your vein health. Get your veins back into great shape. Schedule a free screening and get started at the Gilvydis Vein Clinic today.

blue veins in leg

Why Are Veins Blue?

Red blood is carried around your body by arteries and veins—so why do they show up as blue under your skin?  There’s a simple answer to that. 

Usually, blue veins are nothing to worry about. But sometimes they can be the sign of poor vein health. Read on to find out all about what your vein color means and vein warning signs to look out for. We’ve even included simple tips to keep your vein health in tip-top shape!

Why Your Veins Are Blue

Blue or dark-colored veins are normal and healthy, although it can be a bit strange seeing dark blue veins pop up on your skin. 

Veins look blue because of the way our eyes process light waves and color. When red light hits your skin, its longer wavelengths reach deep into where your veins are located. The red blood in veins absorbs the light. Blue light doesn’t travel as deep as red light does due to its shorter wavelengths. This means that it’s deflected from the skin. Our eyes catch that deflection and process the color blue. Thus, veins look blue instead of red.

Blue veins are common on the chest and legs. Other factors that impact the color and visibility of your veins include:

  • Genetics
  • Skin color
  • Medical conditions
  • Hormones
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Exercise

When to Watch Out for Vein Color

If you’ve always had blue veins, you don’t have much to worry about. However, there are cases where your vein color could signify a bigger problem. Here’s when to get that strange vein color checked out:

  • If you’ve never had blue veins before. If a vein suddenly and rapidly turns blue, it could be a sign of blood pooling in your circulatory system or deep vein thrombosis.

  • If the vein color is changing. Seek medical help if your vein color changes from blue to a darker blue, purple, or even green as this can mean you are suffering venous insufficiency.
  • If your blue veins are accompanied by ulcers. Blue veins in your legs coupled with ulcers are a sign of vein disease.

  • If the vein hurts. If your blue vein begins to hurt, it’s best to call a doctor.

Blue Veins Are Normal—These Veins Are Not

Although everyone has blue veins, very visible blue veins may indicate vein disease. This is not something to take lightly as vein disease can lead to serious complications and even death. Keep an eye out for unusual veins and symptoms, such as:

  • Gnarled, raised veins
  • Swelling in legs and ankles
  • Heaviness in legs
  • Dry, hardened skin on legs
  • Cramping or aches in your thigh and calf
  • Leg pain that dissipates after walking

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms along with your blue veins, it’s time to call a medical professional as these could indicate you have vein disease. 

3 Tips for Healthy Veins

If your blue veins aren’t accompanied by any pain, discomfort, or other discoloration, chances are your veins are healthy. Keep them healthy by practicing habits that support good vein health, such as:

Daily Exercise

One of the best ways to ensure good vein health is to stay active. Exercise gets your blood flowing and can help improve your circulation, leading to healthy veins. Even something as simple as taking a daily walk can make a big impact on your vein health. 

Balanced Meals

Health starts in the kitchen. When you put nutrient-rich food in your body, those nutrients work with your body to boost your health. Try adding these foods into your diet (your veins will thank you!):

  • Leafy Greens: kale, spinach, collard greens
  • Antioxidant-rich Snacks: blueberries, strawberries, pecans, dark chocolate
  • Healthy Fats: avocados, olive oil, salmon

Avoid Smoking

Smoking and second-hand smoke are detrimental to your vein health. Studies have shown that the carbon monoxide and tar from cigarette smoke affect the ability of veins to properly carry blood throughout your body and affect the quality of your veins. This can lead to serious vascular diseases and coronary heart disease. Immediate effects of smoking include the narrowing of veins, which may lead to hardened veins in the future. 

Check on Your Vein Health for Free

The Gilvydis Vein Clinic is here for you. We know that healthy veins can lead to a better quality of life, which is why we want to help you stay on top of your vein health. 

If you suspect that you have varicose veins or spider veins, come into our clinic for a free vein screening. We’re known for our reputation in excellent vein care and leading customer service. You can rest assured that we will provide you with the best possible outcome for your veins and for you.

man holding ankle sitting in grass

Tingling in Legs: A Common Symptom of Poor Circulation

The occasional tingling sensation in your leg usually means nothing. Sometimes you’ve been sitting too long, or have had your leg in a certain position for quite a while. But if you are feeling tingling in your legs often—enough where it’s noticeable—then it might mean something more. 

Tingling is a major characteristic of poor blood circulation. In some cases, poor blood circulation can be mitigated by a pair of compression socks and a switch to your diet. In other cases, it’s more serious and needs to be treated before it leads to vein complications. Regardless, it’s important to stay updated and informed on blood circulation and what tingling legs could mean. Read on to find out!

Causes of Tingling in Legs

No matter your lifestyle or condition, the number one cause for tingling legs is poor circulation. But what exactly is poor circulation? And what causes it? 

Poor circulation is when there is insufficient blood flow to certain areas of the body, like the legs and feet. Common causes of poor circulation include:

  • Peripheral Artery Disease: This is where plaque (made of cholesterol deposits) blocks your arteries and affects their ability to carry blood to the legs.
  • Atherosclerosis: Also caused by plaque, this is when arteries harden up and cannot do their job. If untreated, it can lead to stroke, heart attack, or heart failure.
  • Vasospasm: This is a complication that causes arteries to narrow and reduces blood flow; it’s especially common in legs.
  • Obesity: Extra weight on the body puts a burden on the legs and can lead to circulation problems.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes affects blood circulation because it causes cramping in the legs and causes an increased risk for heart disease, which goes hand and hand with poor blood circulation.

Symptoms of Poor Circulation in Legs

Not sure if your tingling legs mean there’s something up with your circulation? Here are other common symptoms that indicate poor circulation:

  • Numbness
  • Throbbing or stinging pain
  • Aches
  • Muscle cramps
  • Swelling
  • Warmth or coolness in limbs

If you are regularly experiencing tingling in your legs or any other poor circulation symptoms, visit a vein doctor so that you can determine how to treat it—before poor blood circulation leads to varicose veins and other vein complications. 

Tingling in Lower Legs, Feet, & More

Tingling in your lower legs can occur in your shins, calves, ankles, or feet. Usually, it is felt in your whole leg or below the knee. It is characterized by a tingling, numb feeling and can also feel like the sensation of pins and needles. It may be accompanied by cold feet or swelling. The tingling sensation can occur at any moment, although it often increases when sitting or standing for long periods of time. 

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3 Ways To Improve Leg Circulation

Even if you have poor circulation, it’s never too late to turn it around. Improve blood flow and circulations with these three things:

Exercise

Exercise helps improve leg circulation by raising your heart rate. When your heart rate rises, blood gets pumped around your body faster, and it helps flush blood through your arteries—thus improving blood circulation.

No need to become a powerlifter or a professional runner. Even something as simple as a daily walk can help! You can also try yoga and swimming for low-impact exercises that improve blood circulation.

Compression Socks

Not the most fashionable (but definitely helpful), compression socks work by gently compressing your legs to push blood flow upwards. This helps prevent swelling and even blood clots. Compression socks can be worn over specific problem areas as well so that you can target localized areas of poor circulation.

A Healthy Diet

A healthy diet can make a difference in almost everything: mood, sleep, weight, immunity—even blood circulation. Fresh fruits and veggies are often rich in vitamin C, nitrate, antioxidants, and these all contribute to improved circulation. So next time you’re at the grocery store, be sure to pick up foods like:

  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Oranges
  • Berries

Additionally, certain proteins can help prevent things that contribute to poor circulation. For instance, eating fish is great for your health because it contains omega-3 fatty acids. Studies suggest that consuming omega-3 can help keep your arteries free of cholesterol build-up, helping improve your chances of good blood circulation. 

The Gilvydis Vein Clinic

Are you experiencing tingling or numbness? Don’t put your health at risk—visit the Gilvydis Vein Clinic to go see a specialist.

We are known for our excellence in vein care and customer experience. At the Gilvydis Vein Clinic, you can rest assured that you’ll always get the highest-quality, individualized care with the best possible outcomes. Schedule your free screening today!

Treating Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Top Treatment Options for Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency can hold you back. Symptoms of CVI are often painful and bothersome, while the disease itself is an indicator of a serious blood flow problem in your leg veins. But don’t worry—chronic venous insufficiency can be treated. 

Learn about what your options are if you have CVI by reading further.

What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI?)

Chronic venous insufficiency—also known as CVI—happens when the veins in your legs have difficulty sending blood back up to your heart. Usually, they pump blood throughout your entire body. These leg veins allow the blood to circulate throughout your leg then back to your heart. If it doesn’t flow back up, then blood pools down in your legs, causing CVI and other leg complications.

Quick Stats about Chronic Venous Insufficiency:

  • 40% of U.S. people have CVI
  • CVI commonly affects people over 50
  • More women have CVI than men

What Causes CVI?

CVI is commonly caused by blood clots and varicose veins, although a lot of other factors come into play. When blood clots cause CVI, the forward flow of blood through the vein is obstructed, and blood pools up underneath the clot. Varicose veins usually have missing or damaged valves in which blood leaks back down into the leg. The other factors include:

  • Pregnancy
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Lack of exercise
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Smoking

Another more serious cause of CVI is deep vein thrombosis. Up to 20% of patients that experience deep vein thrombosis can have permanent damage in their vein valves. This means the valves won’t fully enable blood flow and may cause blood pooling in the legs.

What Are the Risk Factors of CVI?

Risk factors of CVI include:

  • Pre-existing vein conditions, like varicose veins
  • High blood pressure
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Blood clots
  • Damaged valves

What Are the Symptoms of CVI?

You may be at risk for CVI if you have experienced any of the following symptoms:

  • Swollen or heavy legs, especially in your lower legs or ankles
  • Pain that worsens when you stand
  • Leg cramps
  • Throbbing in your legs
  • Skin discoloration
  • Restless legs
  • Varicose veins

These symptoms typically worsen over time, especially if you let them go untreated and undiagnosed. This can ultimately lead to ulcers, bleeding, or even potentially life-threatening deep vein thrombosis.

Stages of Chronic Venous Insufficiency

The first step to treatment is knowing what stage your CVI is in. This is determined when you visit your local vein clinic to get a screening and a vein mapping ultrasound. The stage you are in determines the treatment you will receive.

Treatment for Early Stages of CVI

If you’re in the early stages of CVI, treatment tends to be geared towards lifestyle changes that will improve blood flow. One of the most common treatments for early CVI is compression socks. Compression socks apply pressure to your ankle and lower leg to help improve blood flow and reduce swelling. Based on your symptoms, your vein doctor will tell you the strength and length of the prescription sock you need. 

Other treatments include:

  • Elevating your legs as often as possible
  • Keeping legs uncrossed when sitting
  • Engaging in physical activity and exercise regularly
  • Taking medications like diuretics and anticoagulants

Treatment for Later Stages of CVI

If you have serious CVI, you might need to get surgical procedures to help improve blood flow. This advanced treatment will be determined by your doctor’s diagnosis. Treatments can include:

This is when your doctor inserts a catheter into your leg vein to close off bad veins with heat and light. This helps redirect blood into your healthy veins and improves blood flow. This minimally invasive procedure takes about 45 minutes. 

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment in which a sclerosant solution is injected into the vein, causing scarring. Similar to endovenous laser ablation, this redirects blood flow into healthy veins. The veins that had the sclerosant injected into them will shrink until they are reabsorbed into tissue and are no longer visible. 

  • Surgery

For severe cases of CVI, surgery is needed. This may mean ligation or surgical bypass. Usually, this is reserved for when CVI affects deep veins and not superficial ones.

Get Checked for CVI—For Free

If you have experienced any CVI symptoms or have a family history of CVI, it’s best to stay on top of your vein health by getting checked out at your local vein clinic. Sometimes, symptoms of CVI may go unnoticed, causing further complications down the line.

Regardless of risk factors and causes, screening for chronic venous insufficiency can help you keep your legs healthy. At Gilvydis Vein Clinic in Geneva & Sycamore, we know just how important vein health is—which is why we offer free screenings. 

Get your free screening today! Request your free screening right on our website, and get ready to love your legs again.

 

Healthy Legs showing veins walking up stairs

How To Improve Vein Health in Legs: Circulation, Exercise & Food

Whether you’re 5 or 50, vein health matters. It especially matters when it comes to your legs—they are, after all, what literally carry you throughout life.  

Most people don’t give much thought to the circulation and vein health of their legs. But taking care of your vein health doesn’t have to take up too much of your time! By adjusting your routine a bit, you can help your legs get the care they need. 

Read on to discover how you can improve vein health in your legs through exercise, food, and even yoga!

What Causes Unhealthy Leg Veins?

Unhealthy leg veins have numerous causes—many of them avoidable. Common causes of unhealthy veins include:

  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer
  • Family history of venous insufficiency
  • Sitting/standing for long periods of time without moving
  • Leg injury or muscle weakness
  • Age over 50

There’s no assurance that you can completely avoid poor vein health, but implementing healthy lifestyle choices can help lower the risk of it. And these choices don’t have to be dramatic, life-altering things. Simply taking walks and eating more greens can make all the difference.

3 Ways to Improve Vein Health

Ready to improve your vein health? It starts with these three tips:

  1. Exercise

One way to improve vein health is by increasing the circulation in your legs. You can do this by moving them—and what better way to move them than by exercise? 

To get the blood flowing,  start small. Try taking a short, 5-minute walk as often as you can. Studies suggest that this holds benefits not only for your veins but for your overall health. Don’t feel like walking? Here are some movements to practice when you’re lying down:

  • Ankle pumping
  • Knee bends
  • Leg lifts
  1. Yoga

Yoga has long been used to improve blood circulation throughout the body. The best part? Yoga is low impact and can be done by people at all levels, making it one of the most accessible forms of exercise. Here are the top yoga positions to help the circulatory system:

  • Downward dog
  • Warrior II
  • Viparita Karani (legs-up-the-wall pose)

When doing these poses, make sure to take long, deep breaths and stay relaxed, not stiff. It is recommended to hold these poses for at least 20 seconds.

  1. Food for Vein Health

What you put on your plate can directly affect your vein health. Along with exercise and yoga, try eating foods that are low in sodium and rich in fiber, vitamins C and E, and rutin. 

These foods can include: 

  • Whole grains: oatmeal and brown rice
  • Leafy greens: spinach and kale
  • Fruit: strawberries, oranges, and bell peppers
  • Healthy fats: olive oil, avocados, nuts, and fish
  • Rutin-rich foods: asparagus, green tea, and figs

Last but not least, be sure to stay hydrated! Water is essential for a healthy, working circulatory system.

Vein Health Complications? We’re Here To Help

Maybe you found this article too late; maybe you’re predisposed to problem veins. No matter the case, the Gilvydis Vein Clinic is here to help you improve your vein health.

We want to make you happy and your veins healthy. That’s why we offer free screenings with a certified vein specialist at our clinics.

You can count on us to provide you with a world-class vein clinic experience, from excellent customer service to custom-tailored treatment. 

Don’t let varicose or spider veins bring you down. Schedule a free vein screening at one of our vein clinic locations in Sycamore or Geneva.

 

 

Women holding leg showing spider veins

Treating Spider Veins With Sclerotherapy

Looking for the perfect spider vein treatment? Sclerotherapy might just be the answer.

Of all the spider vein treatment options, sclerotherapy seems to check all the boxes. It’s minimally invasive, requires little to no healing, and is over in a matter of minutes. But before you decide whether it’s right for you, read on to learn about a common treatment for spider veins called Sclerotherapy.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small, damaged blood vessels visible on the surface of your skin. They usually have a red or purple hue and are commonly found on the legs or face. Contrary to popular belief, people of all ages can get spider veins, including younger people. However, they’re typically present in those over the age of 50. 

If left untreated, spider veins can worsen or cause vein disease and unpleasant symptoms, like aches and pains—and in serious cases, blood clots and ulcers. Fortunately, you might be able to minimize spider veins’ development by staying informed about their risk factors. These include:

  • Sun exposure
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy
  • Some types of medication

What to Know Before Sclerotherapy Treatment

  • Avoid medications like tetracycline, Minocin, aspirin, and ibuprofen 48 hours before the procedure
  • Don’t apply lotion to your legs before or after the procedure
  • Wear shorts to your appointment
  • Mention any previous vein treatments you’ve had in the initial consultation

Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins and Other Vein Disease Treatment

Sclerotherapy is up to 80% effective in treating damaged spider veins, and fewer than 10% of people report that sclerotherapy did not help treat their veins. It’s not only beneficial for spider vein patients, however. 

Sclerotherapy also helps treat varicose veins. Instead of liquid sclerotherapy (which is what is used for spider veins), foam sclerotherapy is used for the treatment of varicose veins. This treatment still uses Polidocanol, but with added oxygen and carbon dioxide. This makes it more effective for treating varicose veins. It helps get rid of varicose veins by redirecting the blood to flow through healthier, undamaged veins. Additionally, sclerotherapy aids in treating hemorrhoids for those who can’t risk surgical procedures.

Is a Sclerotherapy Procedure Right for Me?

Wondering if sclerotherapy is right for you? Looking for the perfect vein treatment to help you love your legs again can be challenging, but sclerotherapy has many benefits to consider.

Benefits of Sclerotherapy Treatment:

  • Minimally Invasive. Sclerotherapy just requires some simple prep and an injection or two—which means you can get back to doing what you love in less time.
  • Helps Diminish Damaged Veins. By injecting the sclerosant agent, the appearance of spider veins and varicose veins will fade within a couple of weeks. 
  • Gets Rid of Vein Damage Symptoms. As your damaged veins heal, the symptoms of them will also be alleviated. 
  • Can Be Covered by Insurance.  Liquid sclerotherapy for cosmetic spider veins isn’t covered by insurance. However, if you need sclerotherapy for varicose veins, your insurance might cover it.

While sclerotherapy can help almost anyone, those who’re pregnant or breastfeeding aren’t eligible for sclerotherapy. If you have had a blood clot before, your eligibility could be impacted but will be determined by a physician on an individual basis. Similarly, if you have veins that might be used for future heart bypass surgery, you may not be eligible.

Finding Sclerotherapy Treatment Near Me

Ready to get sclerotherapy? Then it’s time to find the perfect vein clinic for you—and that’s where we come in.

At the Gilvydis Vein Clinic, not only will you get a top-rated experience, but you’ll also get treated by one of the best board-certified vascular and interventional radiologists in the county. The Gilvydis Vein Clinic is also one of the only four vein clinics in Illinois that is certified by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. Rest assured that your vein procedure will be perfectly customized to give you the best possible results, whether you go to our Geneva or Sycamore locations. Don’t wait—contact us today to schedule your free screening.

Gilvydis Vein Clinic Experience

Why Choose Us: Experience and Results

Living with the symptoms of varicose veins or spider veins can disrupt your quality of life. At Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, we are the leading experts in vein disease in the region because we focus solely on the treatment of leg vein disease. We deliver successful outcomes, and our patients become our best advocates.

Patient Experience

We prioritize your experience during each step of the process. During the consultation, we explain what vein disease is and how it progresses, perform an exam that assesses if you have vein disease and how advanced it is, and we discuss next steps, which may include minimally invasive treatment in our clinic that will help relieve symptoms, improve the look of your legs, and requires little-to-no downtime. Each treatment plan is individualized to the patient depending on the stage their vein disease is in. Vein disease is covered by most insurance plans and before treatment, our team will work with your insurance and health benefits to secure medical coverage whenever possible.

Patient Outcomes

Our 5-star experience means that patients trust us to refer their family and friends back to our clinics. We also take pride in the fact that local healthcare providers trust us to refer their patients for care. After treatment, the most common thing we hear from patients is, “I wish I would have done this sooner.” Patients often go on to be our best advocates, regularly leaving 5-star reviews and recommendations on Google, Facebook, and other healthcare review platforms. One patient said:

“Dr. G. is a genius in his field! After two procedures the transformation in my leg and life is truly miraculous.”

Unmatched Expertise

Dr. Rimas Gilvydis brings the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease to the 21st century, combining modern technology with advanced expertise. He is a board-certified vascular and interventional radiologist, as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine. Our leading-edge, minimally invasive treatments are performed in our state-of-the-art facilities by Dr. Gilvydis and his team. The team has performed more than 24,000 successful laser vein treatments.

You don’t have to delay help for your varicose veins or spider veins. Vein disease is progressive and if left untreated can become serious. A simple consultation can assess your legs and determine the next steps in your individualized treatment plan. If you are experiencing any symptoms of vein disease, contact us today.

Varicose vein treatment options

How To Prevent Spider Veins

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are the dark purple or blue lines that show up near the face or legs’ surface because of damage to the veins. While they usually aren’t painful, they may make your legs feel heavy or achy, and the skin may burn, throb, or itch around spider veins after a long day on your feet. Spider veins on the face are usually bright red instead of blue or purple. They are common on the cheeks, nose, and even the neck. Several things that make blood vessels expand, like drinking alcohol, eating spicy foods, or heat, can make the appearance of spider veins on the face more prominent. 

How to Prevent Spider Veins?

Several factors affect your risk of developing spider veins, including age, gender, and genetic predisposition. However, there are ways to reduce your risk of developing them. 

Wear Sunscreen

Sun reduces the amount of collagen that builds connective tissue, causing the skin to weaken and lose elasticity and reducing pressure around the veins. The result is thin skin that shows blood vessels more prominently. The answer is to block the damaging UV rays by wearing sunscreen. This one simple step can reduce sun damage and reduce the likelihood of developing spider veins. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 every two hours is the best way to prevent spider veins on the face.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise not only reduces stress and helps regulate body weight, but it improves circulation. Cardiovascular exercises like running and walking are a great preventive treatment for spider veins and many other conditions. 

Lose Weight

Extra weight adds more pressure to veins. Decrease your risk of vascular damage by keeping your body at a healthy weight with a balanced diet and regular exercise.

Don’t Sit or Stand for Long Periods

Standing and sitting for long periods causes blood to pool in the legs, increasing your risk for vascular issues like spider veins. If your job requires you to stand or sit for long stretches, periodically change positions, shift your weight, do squats and calf raises, or take a brisk walk on breaks. This keeps the blood flow from becoming stagnant and potentially damaging the veins. 

Wear Low-Heeled Shoes and Loose Clothing

Your choice of clothing may influence your risk of spider veins. High heeled shoes don’t allow your calves to stretch, limiting the range of motion. Tight or constrictive clothing can impede blood flow. Choose lower heeled shoes and loose clothing to allow for a full range of movement to prevent spider veins. 

Put Your Feet Up

Particularly, if you are on your feet a lot, take an occasional break and put your legs up. Elevating legs above the heart reduces pressure on the veins by allowing blood to flow out of veins and back to the heart easily.

Ways To Prevent Spider Veins During Pregnancy

Pregnancy increases vascular pressure and the risk of developing spider veins. The good news is that they usually disappear on their own approximately four months postpartum. In addition to the other suggestions for how to prevent spider veins, try these tips if you are pregnant:

  • Wear a support hose or compression socks.
  • Don’t cross your ankles when you sit. 
  • Put your feet and legs up as often as possible.
  • Sleep on your left side and support your back with a pillow.

Can Spider Veins Be Treated?

The best way to know your treatment options is to schedule an appointment with your vein specialist in the Northern Illinois areas. There are several potential underlying reasons for spider veins, and your physician will want to make sure you are getting the right treatment for your condition. The three primary techniques for treating spider veins include:

  • Ultrasound vein mapping
  • Endovenous laser ablation
  • Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound vein mapping is an essential first step in treatment that allows the medical team to see your veins and identify any problem areas. Endovenous laser ablation is one of the most highly effective methods for treating conditions like spider veins and varicose veins. Using a tiny catheter and laser, your specialist can seal off the problem veins from the inside, causing the defective portion to die and be eliminated by the body. The best candidates for this procedure are those who are at a healthy weight with an active lifestyle. 

Sclerotherapy is a safe, minimally invasive, and highly effective treatment for spider veins. This treatment is performed by injecting foam to close off small and medium-sized veins. The ideal candidate for sclerotherapy has small varicose veins or spider veins in the legs, no history of clotting issues, no pregnancy or births in the past three months, and is between 30 and 60 years old. 

If you are suffering from spider veins, contact the team at Gilvydis Vein Clinic today. We have two locations near you in the Northern Illinois areas.

Improving Leg Circulation

Guys: Don’t Ignore Varicose Veins

We get it. Guys don’t often obsess over the look of varicose veins at the beach.

But men make up about 25% of varicose vein patients nationwide and nearly 45% percent of our patient base at Gilvydis Vein Clinic. Almost half of all men get varicose veins at some point, and the debilitating pain associated with vein disease is not something to ignore.

In 2018, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that there was a greater occurrence of serious health problems when varicose veins were present. The significant observation of the study was that the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot deep in the veins, was over five times greater in varicose vein patients than those who did not have varicose veins.

Vein disease will worsen over time if left untreated. Complications include leg ulcers, where the skin breaks down and allows bacteria to enter, causing numbness and infections.

Varicose veins look like purple or blue blood vessels on your thigh or calf. You also might experience aching, heavy or sore legs, restless legs, sometimes with swollen ankles or feet, especially after standing or sitting for long periods of time.

Risk factors associated with vein disease include a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, age, smoking, and family history. You can help prevent varicose veins by exercising, increasing your water intake, and consuming more fiber, vitamin C, and rutin (found in food such as cherries, blueberries, apples, apricots and buckwheat).

These activities and wearing compression socks/stockings can also help ease symptoms related to varicose veins but will not stop its progression. Individuals often feel the achiness and heaviness in the legs due to vein disease before it becomes visible. For this reason and if and when varicose veins become more visible, treatment is the next step.

At Gilvydis Vein Clinic, we treat varicose veins simply and easily through minimally invasive procedures such as endovenous laser ablation and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. These are highly effective treatments that are covered by most health insurance and with minimal recovery time.

Our specialists can help you determine if you have varicose veins and if vein disease has progressed to something more serious. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and read more about other men who have taken steps to treat their varicose veins.