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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Varicose Veins

Large, visible and bulging veins in the legs can be unattractive and painful. They occur more often in women than men because of pregnancy, hormones and genetics. When valves inside the veins weaken, it means that instead of moving blood back to the heart, it pools and causes the veins to stretch, leak and eventually protrude. Spider veins are smaller versions of this effect and appear as reddish purple lines on the skin's surface. Weak leg muscles, lack of exercise and being overweight can hasten the development of varicose veins.

Treatment for varicose veins can usually take place in our office, without an overnight hospital stay and with a moderate recovery time during which you can continue most of your daily activities.We offer these non-surgical treatments for varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy
Small or medium-sized varicose veins are injected with a solution of saline (salt-water) or other chemical that causes them to harden and close within a few weeks and eventually fade. those veins. In a few weeks, treated varicose veins should fade. Although the same vein may need to be injected more than once, sclerotherapy is effective if done correctly. Sclerotherapy doesn't require anesthesia and may be done in our office.

Endovenous ablation
This treatment uses radio waves to create heat, which is applied internally to close varicose veins. During endovenous thermal ablation, a tiny cut in the skin near the varicose vein is used to insert a thin tube, or catheter. The instrument sends radio waves to the vessel to create intense heat, which causes it to collapse and close. It will eventually disappear. After the vessel closes, blood reroutes and travels through other veins. You will remain awake during the procedure and go home afterward.

ECU Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Telephone
252-744-5291

Location
Moye Medical Center
517 Moye Boulevard
Greenville, N.C. 27834

Map for ECU Plastic Surgery (PDF)