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Overcome varicose veins with effective treatment in North County San Diego

Varicosities are veins, usually on lower legs, that become overfilled with blood. Varicose veins may be painful, and their color and appearance is a cosmetic concern. Dr. Amanda Lloyd offers effective treatment options for varicose veins at Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas.
Overcome varicose veins with effective treatment

Endovenous laser ablation

The greater saphenous vein (GSV) might be compared to the trunk of a tree. This large vein runs from the big toe all the way up to the groin, with many branches extending from it. When valves in the GSV are diseased, the vein becomes enlarged, swollen, and uncomfortable.

Dr. Amanda Lloyd treats this condition with a 1320nm Nd:YAG laser, guided by real-time ultrasound. The laser is introduced into the GSV, emitting a wavelength that causes the vein to close. After sealing off this main vein, many of the related varicose veins that branched off the main trunk resolve on their own.

There is little discomfort associated with the procedure, and no need for general anesthesia – you are awake the entire time. It is typically covered by insurance! It takes about 30 minutes, and do some walking right after the procedure. You must wear compression stockings 24 hours a day for a week, then 12 hours a day the following week.

Endovenous laser ablation

Endovenous laser ablation - Encinitas CA
Varicose veins and spider veins are a problem that many people deal with. They normally appear on visible areas such as legs, and even the face, prompting many to seek treatment. At the Skin and Vein Institute, Dr. Amanda Lloyd offers Endovenous Laser Ablation to help patients deal with this problem.
What is Endovenous Laser Ablation?

Endovenous Laser Ablation is the use of a laser inside your abnormal veins to shut them down and restore normal circulation in your legs.

What does Endovenous Laser Ablation treat?

Endovenous Laser Ablation is used to treat varicose veins. It is used to treat the main trunk or the stem of the varicose veins so the root of the problem is treated.

What type of laser is used for Endovenous Laser Ablation?

At the Skin & Vein Institute, we use a 1320 nanometer micro pulsed Nd: YAG laser to perform our endovenous laser ablation. This laser is superior to other lasers on the market because it does not penetrate the vein wall. Therefore, it does not damage the surrounding tissues, or nerves during the procedure.

Who can receive Endovenous Laser Ablation?

Anyone with varicose veins, which are those bulging ropey veins in the lower extremities that can be painful and sometimes cause swelling, is a candidate for Endovenous Laser Ablation.

Will insurance cover Endovenous Laser Ablation?

At times but not always, Endovenous Laser Ablation can be covered by medical insurance.

What must be done before the treatment?

Prior to treatment with Endovenous Laser Ablation, you will have an ultrasound, done at the Skin & Vein Institute to create a map of your veins and determine which veins are abnormal and qualify for laser treatment.

What should I know about the procedure and recovery?

On the day of your laser treatment, you will bring your compression stocking with you to the Skin & Vein Institute. When you arrive we will bring you back into the procedure room where you will have the ultrasound-guided laser procedure performed. We will then apply compression stocking and you will need to walk for an hour immediately after the procedure in the surrounding area, so make sure that you plan your day accordingly.

What will I need to do during the recovery time?

For the 3 days immediately after your Endovenous Laser Ablation, you will need to wear your compression stockings 24 hours a day. After those first 3 days, you will then wear the compression stockings for 10 days during the 12 hours that you’re awake.

Is Endovenous Laser Ablation safe?

Endovenous Laser Ablation when performed at the Skin & Vein Institute under ultrasound guidance is both safe and effective. It is a great way to remove your varicose veins and does not require hospitalization or surgery.

Endovenous Chemical Ablation

Endovenous Chemical Ablation - Encinitas CA
Bulging, ropey veins on the surface of the skin can be a cause of embarrassment, especially in visible areas of the body. Dr. Amanda Lloyd of the Skin and Vein Institute recommends Endovenous Chemical Ablation for patients looking to address this issue.

What is endovenous chemical ablation?

Endovenous chemical ablation is the use of a sclerosing solution and ultrasound guidance to treat those bulging, ropey veins in the lower extremities.

How does endovenous chemical ablation work?

Endovenous chemical ablation is an ultra sound guided procedure in which a sclerosing solution is injected into the abnormal, bulging, ropey vein. The sclerosing solution causes a chemical reaction on the inside of the vein, making the vein walls stick together. The external compression stocking that you wear allow the vein walls to remain stuck together so that your body can remove them via natural processes.

Who is a candidate for endovenous chemical ablation?

Anyone with abnormal bulging, ropey veins is a candidate for endovenous chemical ablation

Will my insurance cover an endovenous chemical ablation treatment?

Occasionally, endovenous chemical ablation is covered by medical insurance.

What should I know about the procedure and recovery?

On your treatment day, you will bring with you your compression stoking, when you arrive at the Skin & Vein Institute, we will bring you back to the procedure room where we will use ultrasound guidance to perform the endovenous chemical ablation. Afterwards we will apply your compression stocking and you will wear your compression stocking for 24 hours a day for the first 3 days and then for 12 hours a day for the next 10 days.

Is endovenous chemical ablation safe?

When performed at the Skin & Vein Institute using ultrasound guidance, endovenous chemical ablation is both safe and effective at removing those bulgy, ropey, unsightly veins of the lower legs.

Endovenous chemical ablation

This technique is performed to treat large ropy veins (branches of the tree):

  • A sclerosant, such as polidocanol or sodium tetradecylsulfate, is injected into a varicose vein under ultrasound guidance.
  • This formula initiates a chemical reaction that causes vein walls to stick together.
  • The vein closes.
  • The procedure is virtually painless and takes about 10 minutes.
  • You must wear compression stockings 24 hours a day for a week, then 12 hours a day for a week.

To learn more about these and other treatments for varicose veins at Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas, call (760) 642-6674 (new patients) or (760) 452-2080 (existing patients).

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Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Amanda Lloyd has expertise ranging from cosmetic to cancerous. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Medical Degree and Dermatology residency, she established the Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas, CA. She is an authority on cosmetic dermatology and injectables, laser therapies, venous disease treatments and skin cancer surgery with cosmetic reconstruction. Additional training with Mohs Surgery and cosmetic dermatology fellowship, many published articles and textbook chapters have enhanced her profile.

Dr. Lloyd’s well-rounded approach to skin care, health, and appearance and membership in many dermatology associations have gained her respect among peers. She regularly lectures her peers at the dermatologic national meetings.

She has earned her patients trust as a dermatology authority who wants to make them look their best so they Look Stunning, Always.

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