Varicose veins are swollen and twisted veins filled by pooled blood, often associated with unsightly capillaries and spider veins. This problem is surprisingly common, affecting up to 40% of adults. It is not just a cosmetic concern. The alteration of venous blood flow can result in several conditions including venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism (a complication of deep vein thrombosis), hemorrhoids, lower limbs swelling and chronic wounds (venous ulcers). Our science-based protocol starts with a physical exam and an ultrasound scan of lower legs. Once the problem has been identified and the treatment decided, we perform a Vein Viewer scan ® (Luminetx Corp., Memphis, TN, USA - a vein light which uses near-infrared technology to project on the skin an augmented reality image of the veins that are not visible to the naked eye) to map exactly the affected vein on the skin before and during the treatment (see the video below). A similar protocol is applied to spider veins and telangiectasias.
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