Varicose and spider veins can appear on the surface of the skin for many reasons: poor blood circulation, phlebitis (vein inflammation), obesity, increased age, genetics, changes to the body after pregnancy, and more. While varicose and spider veins are not usually a medical concern that need to be treated, many patients dislike the appearance and want a way to reduce or eliminate these unsightly veins. At Arizona Premier Surgery, we offer radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatment to correct varicose and spider veins. While there are many options to treat varicose veins, Arizona Premier Surgery prefers RFA treatment because of its high success rate, as well as the reduced risk and pain compared to vein surgery. Anyone who is bothered by visible veins should schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of radiofrequency ablation treatments.
Common Reasons for Treatment
Varicose veins occur when low blood circulation causing the blood to pool, creating bulging veins. When these bulging veins appear near the surface of the skin, typically in the thighs and other areas of the leg, varicose veins become visible as purple or blue lines. Varicose veins are more likely to appear on women or anyone with an active job. Varicose veins are also linked to age, obesity, pregnancy, trauma, genetics, and leg surgery. For the most part, varicose veins don't require medical attention, but many patients want to remove these unsightly bulges from their legs for a smoother appearance.
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they appear as a cluster of short, fine lines. Spider veins can occur anywhere in the body, but they are more commonly found on the legs (ankles, calves, feet, and thighs). While spider veins are not a medical problem, many patients want to remove this cosmetic flaw so they can have smooth, even skin.
About Varicose Vein Removal
To eliminate or reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins, radiofrequency ablation is used to collapse the affected veins. A catheter is inserted into the vein to deliver RF energy that heats and collapses the vein. The vein will close to a more normal size when the catheter is removed for visible improvement. It typically takes up to one year before the patient sees their final results.
What to Expect
RFA treatments for varicose and spider veins are usually a 1 hour procedure performed with the patient under a mild sedative or local anesthetic. Patients will be able to leave after their treatment to resume their normal activities, but compression stocking are recommended to stimulate blood flow. Most patients need about 1 week of recovery time before their skin returns to its normal appearance. Patients should schedule a follow-up appointment for 4 – 6 weeks so the doctor can assess the results and check for any side effects. Multiple RFA treatments can be performed to improve results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4 - 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Smooth, Even Skin
Stop covering up the blue, purple, and red varicose and spider veins that keep you from smooth, even skin with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatments. This quick, easy procedure can make visible veins disappear so you can show off your blemish-free skin.