Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Aesthetic reasons, medical care

In vein care, we understand that people seek vein treatment for many reasons—discomfort, pain, and often, aesthetic reasons. But it’s important to remember that treatments for spider veins or varicose veins, as minimally invasive as they may be, are still medical procedures.

That’s why it’s important to be informed and go to a provider who is Board certified. The American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM), formerly the American Board of Phlebology, was established in 2007 to improve the standards of medical practitioners and the quality of patient care related to the treatment of venous disorders and all aspects of venous disease.

The ABVLM also offers a Board Certification Exam, which ensures that physicians who specialize in phlebology (vein care) have met rigorous standards of education, experience, and evaluation. 

We came across this useful article called “Groupon Dos and Don’ts,” which shares tips on what to do before purchasing a “daily deal”-style coupon for medi-spa services. The best tip: do your research.

Looking for a place to start? Visit www.veinhealthcare.com, which offers a wealth of practical, easy-to-understand information.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Are there age restrictions for endovenous laser ablation treatment?

Treatment for most stages of vein disease can be performed on patients in their teens or in their nineties. Most people who possess motility—the ability to walk—are eligible for treatment. A thorough health history and physical exam should always be performed before any treatment.

It is worth noting, however, that aging is one of the leading risk factors for the development of vein issues. As people age, vein issues become more prevalent. Small problems that started earlier, often progress into larger ones. A decrease in the body’s production of collagen causes veins to become less elastic and more likely to “leak,” especially superficial veins. This is why there’s an increase of varicose veins in the elderly population.

Although seniors have a fifty percent greater chance of suffering from venous insufficiency, there is no research to suggest that their success rates after venous treatment are different from the their younger peers. It’s never too late to take charge of your health and feel better.

For more information about Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, founder of the Vein Healthcare Center in South Portand, Maine, click here.