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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.

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.

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.

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Meet Dr. Amanda Lloyd


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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