If you suffer from painful, unsightly varicose veins, spider veins, or diabetic or venous ulcers, the time to act is now. With summer right around the corner, the last thing you should be doing is hiding your legs while on the beach or sitting poolside.
"We've had many male and female patients tell us that they have not worn shorts, skirts or bathing suits for years, but now—after the vein treatments—they're finally comfortable doing so in public," says Dr. Ronald Lev of the Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan.
While varicose and spider veins represent a relatively well-known medical concern, ulcers receive far less attention; yet they can be even more debilitating. Diabetic foot ulcers and venous ulcers are wounds that notoriously don't heal well, leaving gaping holes in the skin. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians
, these types of ulcers are usually recurrent. What's more is that open ulcers can persist for weeks, or in some cases, even years. They're also susceptible to infection.
Dr. Lev takes a non-invasive approach to combating ulcers. The innovative treatment is called Apligraf
, and it works by using live skin cells derived from healthy human skin. The cells are applied to the wound, which jump-starts the body's natural healing process. Most patients notice a difference within the first few weeks of having the procedure. It's also considered an especially effective treatment for stubborn wounds that aren't responding to standard approaches.
"Apligraf allows us to use skin cells that are processed in a laboratory, instead of surgically removing cells from the patient’s healthy skin," says Lev. "This eliminates the problems associated with the donor site, such as pain, infections and scarring."
In addition to treating ulcers, Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan also remedies varicose and spider veins. With the summer months creeping up on us, now is the time to tackle these problems head on. Dr. Lev performs non-invasive in-office treatments that are relatively scar-free.
The most popular treatments typically involve laser therapy, radiofrequency ablation or injections. The result? Veins that disappear almost immediately. Since compression stockings must be worn during the healing process, Dr. Lev recommends addressing these vascular issues now so that your legs will be beach-ready in no time. Another perk is that many patients enjoy full insurance coverage for their procedures.
"From a cosmetic standpoint, its better to treat these problems before permanent marks, discoloration or scars form," says Lev. "It's easier and more effective to treat the problems early, rather than waiting until it's too late."