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Venous disease impacts thousands in San Diego county

It is estimated that about half of the United States population has varicose veins, and 100 million have a serious disease called venous insufficiency. Venous disease affects quality of life for thousands in the Encinitas North County San Diego area. Dr. Amanda Lloyd encourages these individuals to learn more about contributing factors and modern treatment options.
Varicose Veins Before After

Understanding venous disease

Legs contain one-way valves that keep blood moving upward, to the heart. Venous disease allows these valves to malfunction. As a result, pressure builds in the venous system and blood pools in the feet. In an attempt to reduce pressure, the body makes new veins as conduits. They present as:

Overview of Venous Treatments

Overview of Venous Treatments - Encinitas CA
When it comes to dealing with varicose veins, spider veins and, other vein conditions, the process is relatively straightforward. Dr. Amanda Lloyd walks you through what the expect from vein treatments, options available, and results.
What are the types of abnormal veins?

There are 3 types of abnormal veins. Varicose veins are the largest, and are bulging and ropy. The reticular veins are medium, sized and bluish color, and these spider veins are the smallest in size and are purple color.

What happens during a consultation?

During your consultation at the Skin & Vein Institute, you will have an ultrasound done which will create a roadmap so that we know where and what type of abnormal veins you have and can then determine what treatments are going to be the most effective to restore normal circulation to your lower legs.

What are the treatment options?

These abnormal veins each have their own type of treatment. For the large abnormal veins, we use something called endovenous laser ablation, where the laser goes inside the vein, heats the inside of the wall of the vein and makes it sticky so that the vein adheres to itself and your body can take it away.

For the tortuous veins and the reticular veins, endovenous chemical ablation is used. Where a sclerosing solution is injected into the vein, causing the chemical reaction, to make the vein wall sticky so they stick together and your body naturally takes away the vein. The small spider veins are treated with Sclerotherapy where a similar sclerosing solution is injected into the vein making the vein wall sticky so your body can take away these abnormal veins.

What is the treatment downtime?

Endovenous laser ablation, endovenous chemical ablation, and Sclerotherapy all have little to no downtime. In fact after endovenous laser ablation, you need to walk for an hour.

What needs to be done after the treatment?

It is very important after each procedure that you wear your compression stockings so that you receive the maximum results.

What are the limitations after the vein treatment?

There are very few limitations after your vein treatment. It is recommended that you do not fly for 2 weeks after the treatment. It is also recommended that you don’t increase your abdominal pressure by doing something like sit ups for 2 weeks after the treatment.

Are vein treatments safe and effective?

These 3 veins treatments are both safe and effective at restoring the normal circulation in your lower extremities without surgery. Additionally, the appearance to your legs is improved and they feel healthy and vibrant so that you can return to your normal active lifestyle.

  • Spider veins
  • Blue reticular veins
  • Ropey, bulging varicose veins

Symptoms of venous disease usually progress as follows:

  • Leg swelling
  • Aching and pain
  • Numbness, itching, or rash
  • Discoloration
  • Other changes in skin tone and texture
  • Ulcers
  • Phlebitis

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Risk factors

Venous disease is largely genetic. It occurs more frequently in women than men, especially during pregnancy or other periods of hormonal change. Risk factors include long periods of sitting or standing, age, and excess weight.

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Treating venous disease

Developing an effective treatment plan begins with a clear determination of where the problem originates. Think of your leg veins as a large tree. The trunk is the greater saphenous vein, the branches are bulging veins, and twigs are reticular and spider veins. Dr. Lloyd finds the source of the problem, and recommends appropriate treatment ranging from conventional sclerotherapy to chemical ablation and advanced laser techniques. Dr. Lloyd is a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and is an elected member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, utilizing her skills in laser and energy-based technologies for excellence in patient care.

The first step toward managing venous disease, for more comfortable and attractive legs, is a call to Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas, CA. If you are a new patient, contact us at (760) 642-6674. If you are an existing patient, reach us at (760) 452-2080.

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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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