We are a Specialized Spider Vein and Varicose Vein treatment and removal center conveniently located in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Prattville with satellite offices in Oxford and Cullman Alabama. We see patients from all over the southeast, patients living near Vestavia Hills, Montgomery, Oxford, Cullman, Hoover, Pelham, Bessemer and other local areas. The vein center blog is a great place to check out our latest deals and offerings for vein treatments and skin care treatments.

Is RLS preventing you from getting a good night's rest?

in 2018 Blog Posts

Restless leg syndrome is a medical condition that very little is known about.

Researchers aren’t sure what causes it, but leading theories suggest venous insufficiency, as well as nerve-related health problems, may be to blame.

Regardless of the underlying cause, the condition can make trying to fall asleep at night uncomfortable at best, and impossible at worst. WebMD says patients with restless leg syndrome often report “pinching,” “itching” and “pins and needles” sensations when they lay down. Moving the legs or stretching them tends to make the problem less noticeable, but the need to constantly move prevents adequate sleep.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who is suffering from this condition but has not been able to find adequate relief, you may want to consider a form of vein therapy. Treatments like endovenous ablation and sclerotherapy have proven effective in addressing this issues.

That being said, every patient is different, and it’s crucial to meet with a qualified vein specialist in order to determine what plan of treatment will best meet your individual needs. The caring, compassionate professionals at Alabama Vein Center regularly assist patients with RLS and can do the same for you.

Call today to schedule an appointment. It’s the first step toward feeling (and sleeping) better.

Introducing our new Esthetician/RN Christina Hunt!

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New Esthetician/RN Christina Hunt!

Alabama Vein Center is excited to introduce our new Esthetician/RN Christina Hunt!

Christina has advanced training working successfully with all types of problematic skin - including acne, rosecea, sun damage, aging skin, and dull devitalized skin. She has extensive experience performing chemical peels, custom facials, Dermaplaning, Skin Pen Treatments, eye brow tinting among many other treatments.

The 1st 20 patients to schedule an appointment with Christina for a service will receive your choice of either a free Reveal skin analysis or Paraffin hand treatment.

Contact us today for more information and to schedule your visit with us! 

Let's Learn about Venaseal

in 2018 Blog Posts

As the summer months are a time when many people take vacations, it is a good time to get veins treated.

So, today, we are decoding the facts about one of the latest minimally invasive technology offerings at the Alabama Vein Center: VenaSeal™ closure system.

This closure treatment option treats venous disease using only an advanced medical adhesive, and most patients can return to normal activity almost immediately.

How it works: Unlike other heat-based treatments, the VenaSeal™ closure system does not require tumescent anesthesia (multiple injections of a dilute local anesthetic), and eliminates the risk of burning or nerve injury associated with thermal based procedures. The VenaSeal adhesive is placed into the vein through a catheter and quickly closes the vein, rerouting blood through nearby healthy veins.

The benefits: There is minimal pain during and after the procedure as compared to other treatment options as well as minimal post-procedure bruising. Symptoms often improve as soon as the diseased vein is closed and recovery time is quick.

The recovery: In general, most patients may return to normal activity right after the procedure. As in every case, there are always risks of vein irritation and inflammation, but are rare with VenaSeal.

To find out more information about VenaSeal, call the Alabama Vein Center today to find out if it might be the right solution for you.

Keep your skin feeling young and vibrant

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If you’re going through hormone replacement therapy, you’re likely feeling younger and more energized.

This means you need a skincare routine that keeps your skin looking as young as you feel. That being said, the skin is very sensitive, so it’s crucial to implement a regimented care routine.

Here are some simple and effective tips to help you get started:

Specific care for each skin type. In order to take care of and respect your skin, first and foremost make sure to choose products specially designed for your skin type. For example, dry skin does not have the same needs as oily skin.

Pay special attention to fragile areas. Some parts of your face (eye contour, lips, etc.) have particularly fine, fragile skin. They need specific care, especially the eye contour and the lips. These areas of your face are more sensitive and deserve special attention.

Gentle Cleansing. Taking care of sensitive skin begins with make-up removal. In order not to stress your skin and to respect its natural balance, make sure to use a pH-neutral make-up remover, specially formulated to cleanse your epidermis gently.

Eyes: a risk area. The eye contour skin is ten times finer than the skin on the rest of the face. Choose a specific routine for make-up removal in this area.

Exfoliation is indispensable. Use a suitable exfoliation treatment once or twice a week. It must be effective yet gentle and respectful. Choose a pH-neutral exfoliation product, which is perfect for smoothing and purifying the skin while respecting its natural balance.

Moisturizing is essential. The dermis is made up of 70% water and the epidermis, 15%. In order to keep the skin well moisturized, it is important to choose daily moisturizing skin care products that balance the level of water within the skin. You may also want to use a moisturizing mask regularly, removing the excess oil with a spring water spray.

Sun protection. Whatever the season, choose daily skincare products that include solar filters. They reduce the harmful effects of the sun, which accelerates skin aging.

Watch out for external stress. Pollution, smoke, stress… All these have harmful effects on the skin. Use skincare products to protect your skin against these daily stresses before leaving the house and cleanse your skin thoroughly when you come home in the evening.

Don’t neglect the lips. As soon as you feel the need, use a restorative cream for the lips. Do not hesitate to reapply to this particularly fragile area as often as necessary. By keeping these simple tips in mind, you can keep your complexion glowing for years to come. Call us for that extra pampering at AVC or by contacting us!

Varithena Now Offered at AVC!

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Latest FDA approved Varicose Vein Treatment Varithena!

Varithena is the latest FDA approved treatment that is minimally invasive and non-surgical to treat your Varicose Veins! (no incisions required) We are one of the first adopters in Alabama to offer this exciting new service to our patients!

Simple steps to stop varicose veins from getting worse

in 2018 Blog Posts

At the Alabama Vein Center, we are always happy to help patients find more self-confidence when it comes to their varicose veins.

Prevention is always the best solution, however, most of us aren’t thinking about varicose veins until they start to appear.

However, there are many things that you can do at the first sign of varicose veins to stop them from getting worse. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a few easy steps that we can take to prevent varicose veins from becoming a bigger problem.

One of the first steps is to maintain an active lifestyle. If you are committed to regular exercise, not only will it improve your overall health, but it may also help decrease the prevalence of your varicose veins. Exercise is also a great tool to help you maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight unnecessarily adds pressure to the veins, causing them to become larger and more visible over time.

Shoes and clothing also matter. Limit the amount of time you spend wearing high heels. Shoes that have a lower heel or no heel help you exercise your calf muscles more, which, in turn, helps promote better vein health. Additionally, wearing overly tight clothes, especially around the waist area or calves could restrict blood flow and contribute to varicose veins.

It is also recommended to sit (and stand) in specific ways. When sitting, try to elevate your legs when possible. Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time. When you change your position frequently, it improves your blood flow, and keeping your legs elevated increases the circulation in your legs.

Hopefully, taking these measures will minimize the appearance of varicose veins. If you do want to discuss further treatment options, we are here to help. Give us a call and a qualified staff member will help answer any questions you may have.

3 ways to manage stress as you age

in Hormones

As we get older, there are more things to worry about too.

As we get older, there are more things to worry about too. In addition to managing your health, there’s retirement to think about, not to mention home improvements, family events, and more. These new challenges can be worrisome and keep you up at night. If you’re tired of feeling stressed out and anxious, consider taking steps to live in the moment. Here are three suggestions for helping you do just that:

1. Jot-It-Down. While distractions may help at the moment, they don’t help to address the root cause of your stress; it still lurks near the forefront of your mind. Identify what it is, write it down and find a tentative solution. It may be helpful to talk about it with a friend, confidante or trained counselor to get a speedy resolution.

2. Meditate and Be Thankful. Meditation is easier than you think. Start with choosing a comfortable area and try practicing some deep breathing. Eliminate distractions around you and take several deep breaths until you find yourself becoming calm. It’s easier to do when you think about things in your life you are most thankful for. Allow yourself to relax and find a quiet inner place of peace, where you can feel content and at rest.

3. Take Care of Yourself. Be intentional about taking care of yourself. Develop healthy eating habits and don’t neglect your rest. A good night’s sleep can revive your body, mind, and spirit. Daily exercise can give you a sense of accomplishment and help to refresh your mood.

If you’re feeling more stressed and depressed than ever, it may be time to make sure your hormones are balanced as well. If you’re struggling to cope with the effects of the natural aging process, know that help is available. Call the friendly, professional team at Restoration Medicine, a division of Alabama Vein Center today. You can feel better! (877) 268-8346 of by contacting us!

Don't worry about recovering from venous treatment!

in 2018 Blog Posts

Anytime you have a procedure of any kind, you can pretty much expect there to be some kind of a recovery period.

While most of the treatments we offer at the Alabama Vein Centers are simple outpatient procedures, they do bring with them a recovery time. However, this is nothing to be overly concerned about, as long as you follow the directions your healthcare provider gives you and rest up adequately afterward, you should be up and at’em soon enough.

The procedures we use are so low intensity that, for most patients, an ibuprofen is usually the only painkiller they need. Rarely are the symptoms experienced after the surgery severe or limiting. In fact, what we hear from patients is the majority of the time if you were experiencing pain before the procedure, what you experience during recovery will be less severe.

While the recovery may not be intense, there are still some steps that are recommended for you to follow after the surgery:

  • Take it easy. If you feel the need to get up and start taking care of things around the house, stop. Those chores can wait.
  • Prop up your legs. While seated, be sure to prop up your legs for the amount of time your doctor had instructed you.
  • Ask questions. If you are concerned about anything in your recovery or feel like something is unusual, let us know.

Be aware that there may be some swelling or bruising visible on your leg after you remove the bandages. Don’t be alarmed, this is completely normal and they should heal properly as long as you follow whatever orders your doctor has given you. As always, if you have any additional questions or concerns, explore our website or give us a call. We’re here to help you and offer you peace of mind, every step of the way, pre- and post-procedure.

Caution: Hot Flashes Ahead?

in Hormones

As we get older, our bodies change in a variety of ways.

One of the most common side effects of aging is a decline in hormone production. This leads to menopause, a natural part of a woman’s reproductive lifecycle, but also an uncomfortable one.

Women going through menopause often:

Experience frequent temperature fluctuations (hot flashing!), Weight gain (most likely from estrogen dominance because estrogen is a fat storer), Additional stress and anxiety (cortisol issues and adrenal fatigue), and Trouble sleeping and staying asleep (loss of progesterone starts around age 35 and often younger; progesterone’s main job is providing healthy sleep.)

Sound familiar? As the levels of hormones decline, so do our physical and mental capabilities. We lose our energy, vitality, strength, physique, and health.

Even much of the deterioration seen in the normal aging process like osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, mood disorders and decreased sociability can be attributed to the loss of hormones.

By restoring these hormones to their youthful levels, it is possible to restore our zeal and energy as well as to strengthen and bolster our bodies and minds. We can improve and reverse many of the symptoms and signs that we have come to associate with aging. We can also regain our youthful resilience, which protects us from the stressors of daily life. If you would like to see if hormone replacement therapy is right for you, call us today. (877) 268-8346 or by contacting us!

Spider Vein Treatments

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What are Spider Veins?

Spider Veins are usually a web of blue and red thread like veins that are usually in patches scattered about the legs. Spider Veins essentially pose no health threat, although the underlying cause of spider viens could possibly be related to a more significant vein disorder. Alabama Vein Center has one of the most highly skilled Physician Assistants in the US performing sclerotherapy- the treatment to eliminate spider veins. Sylvia Eldridge PA-C always makes her patients feel safe and comfortable while generating outstanding results. If you are interested in getting your spider veins eliminated contact us today!

What is microphlebectomy?

in 2018 Blog Posts

Are you one of the millions of Americans living with varicose veins?

Not only are veins noticeable from an aesthetics perspective, in some cases, they have the potential to also lead to more serious health problems like chronic venous insufficiency or deep vein thrombosis.

If you’ve noticed an increase in varicose veins forming on your thighs and legs, you may want to consider a microphlebectomy. This minimally invasive procedure is specifically designed to remove large and medium-sized varicose veins through small incisions made in the leg. Not only is microphlebectomy effective, it’s relatively quick and incredibly safe. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits:

It’s an outpatient procedure. Microphlebectomies are performed as outpatient procedures. Our welcoming, state-of-the-art offices are designed to provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for all of our patients. In most cases, patients only need to take a day or two off of work.

It takes less than an hour. A microphlebectomy usually takes less than an hour to complete. During the procedure, your doctor will make a small incision in your leg. They will then carefully remove the vein, and seal it up using a bandage; in most cases, stitches aren’t even necessary. This process does not impact your circulation at all. The human body is great at adapting and will re-route the blood flow to veins that are deeper in your legs.

There are few restrictions. Some medical procedures require a very specific set of guidelines and qualifications. The majority of individuals who want to undergo microphlebectomy will qualify. In fact, many of our patients tell us they wish they had undergone the process sooner.

If you are tired of living with painful and noticeable varicose veins, contact the team at Alabama Vein Center today at . We’ll be happy to meet with you and determine which form of vein treatment best meets your individual needs.

Who should consider hormone therapy?

in Hormones

If you are a woman who is getting older or experiencing the results of aging..

If you are a woman who is getting older or experiencing the results of aging, hormone replacement therapy is probably something that has either been recommended or at least brought to your attention.

Systemic estrogen is still the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms in women. If you’re healthy and experiencing the following symptoms, hormone therapy is something you should consider:

Moderate to severe hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms, Losing bone mass and either can’t tolerate or aren’t benefiting from other treatments, Stopped having periods before age 40 (premature menopause) or lost normal function of your ovaries before age 40 (premature ovarian insufficiency)

Women who experience an early menopause, particularly those who had their ovaries removed and don’t take estrogen therapy until at least age 45, have a higher risk of: Osteoporosis, Coronary heart diseas,e Early death, Parkinsonism (Parkinson’s-like symptoms), Anxiety or depression

Early menopause typically lowers the risk of most types of breast cancer. For women who reach menopause prematurely, the protective benefits of hormone therapy are something you should seriously consider.

Your age, type of menopause and time since menopause play a significant role in whether hormone therapy is right for you. Your age management physician will conduct an initial consultation with you and draw blood for testing. Based on the results of these and other evaluations, your physician will formulate an optimal hormone replacement regimen that is specifically tailored to your needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly, professional staff members. (877) 268-8346 or by contacting us!

SkinPen Treatment at Alabama Vein Center

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What is SkinPen?

Alabama Vein Center is now introducing SkinPenII, a revolutionary new face and neck treatment device that uses your skin's natural ability to heal itself- all with little or no downtime! Remarkably effective for Scars: acne, trauma, surgical, and chicken pox. Fine Lines and Wrinkles as well as Large pores and Lax skin. Contact us today for more information and to schedule your visit with us! 

Prepping for spider vein treatment is no problem!

in 2018 Blog Posts

Are you thinking about treatment for spider veins?

Though generally harmless, these hair-thin blemishes can be unsightly and uncomfortable for some, and cause one to want to cover up. If you’ve thought about getting them treated or are simply curious about possible solutions, we at Alabama Vein Center are here for you.

You’ll be happy to know that when you schedule an appointment at the Alabama Vein Center you are coming to one of the best vein treatment centers in the nation. At our centers, we are determined to give you quality care and all the information that you might need.

To help you feel more confident about scheduling your appointment, let’s go over some basics about our spider vein treatment:

No matter what medical procedure you are having done, there is always some prep involved. On our website, we have a checklist of preparation measures you can take. You’ll want to review this beforehand. Let’s go over some of the highlights and frequently asked questions. First, anesthesia: While this procedure does not require any anesthesia, if you have a fear of needles a mild sedative can be arranged for you so that the whole experience is more pleasant. Second, clearing the area: It is also important that there be as little obstruction as possible to the area; that means shaving the area of the leg where the procedure will take place as well as refraining from using any ointments or lotions on the day of the procedure. Third, clothing: You’ll want to make sure that you are prepared to wear loose clothing over your compression hose that you will be wearing once the procedure is complete. Lastly, medications: Before you come to your treatment appointment, you’ll want to discontinue any medications, as advised; you should be able to check during your consultation appointment what you can and cannot take prior to the appointment.

Seeking treatment should not be a stressful experience. At the Alabama Vein Center, we aim to provide you with as many resources as possible to keep anxiety in check. If you have any questions, you can always ask questions at your consultation appointment or explore our website to find more information.

Are your hormones unbalanced?

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Our bodies are constantly changing and sometimes things just don’t work as well as they used to.

You might think that you just have to accept the aging process, and while that’s partially true, there are things you can do to feel better.

Research shows that both men and women experience a drop in life-sustaining hormones as they age. Hormones are molecules that are released into the bloodstream and exert biochemical effects on receptor sites, regulating our body’s temperature, reproduction, growth, aging and immune functions.

As messengers of the central nervous system, hormones instruct our internal organs on how to function. Replenishment of hormones to optimal, physiological levels (not exceeding normal limits) has been shown to alleviate these age-related changes.

Have you been asking yourself questions like: Why am I so tired lately? I’m not eating any different so why am I gaining weight? Why has my sexual desire and function decreased? Why am I feeling so depressed lately? Nothing has changed, so why am I feeling so stressed? Why can’t I sleep as well as I used to?

There’s a possibility your hormones may be to blame! If you are experiencing these or other similar issues, it’s important to get your hormone levels tested.

What is hormone testing?

Don’t worry, it’s nothing scary or complicated. When you attend your appointment, an age management physician will conduct an initial consultation and draw blood for testing. Based on the results of these tests and other evaluations, your physician will formulate an optimal hormone replacement regimen that is specifically tailored to your needs.

Your personalized program will include prescriptions and recommendations for appropriate dietary supplements, exercise, and proper nutritional guidelines. This preventive medicine program is designed to help you feel, function and live your best while preventing age-related decline in health.

Don’t let the natural aging process slow you down! With our team at your side, you can live a happy, healthy and well-rounded life by contacting us!

Make sure your legs are ready for the beach

in 2018 Blog Posts

Beach weather will be here before we know it and, with that, plenty of fun in the sun, seaside strolls and sand between out toes.

While for some long walks on the beach may sound dreamy, for those with varicose veins the thought of baring our legs may be down right nightmarish.

If you have been putting off treating your varicose veins, there is no reason to keep waiting. For many people, nerves may keep them away from undergoing any of these procedures. But the more you learn about them, the more you will find that there is little to fret. In fact, the majority of treatments for venous diseases are non-invasive outpatient procedures. That’s right, so you could be back up and ready to get away to surf and sand in no time. Just keep in mind that you’ll want to give yourself ample recovery time as you will likely need to keep your feet elevated for at least a few days following a procedure.

Are you ready to take the first step? Consult with a medical professional. At the Alabama Vein Center, we want you to have the best possible experience and outcome. We are a state-of-the-art facility and we are considered to be one of the best vein care centers in the country. We treat all sorts of vein disorders, including varicose veins, spider veins, stasis dermatitis, and venous ulcers. Our treatments eliminate unsightly veins and problem veins that can impact daily life. Plus our staff’s primary goal is to take care of our patients in the most pleasant manner.

Don’t let unsightly veins affect your comfort this summer. Call the Alabama Vein Center to learn more or schedule a consultation. 205-823-0151

Are you enjoying your retirement?

in Hormones

Have you noticed that you regularly feel drowsy or tired?

Retirement should be an exciting time. After years of hard work and dedication, you finally have time to yourself and a nest egg to support your interests. Whether you plan on hiking and biking or traveling across the country, one thing’s for certain — you need energy, and lots of it — to get through the day. Unfortunately, as the human body ages, it also becomes less efficient at producing hormones. Hormones are molecules that are released into the bloodstream of both men and women. They regulate everything from body temperature to immune functions and also contribute to energy levels. Have you noticed that you regularly feel drowsy or tired? Are you always yawning or in need of a nap? This may be because of a lack of hormones. In fact, low hormone levels can lead to a variety of side effects, including: Weight gain, Wrinkles, Depression, Stress, Loss of libido, and problems sleeping. Sound familiar? If so, know that you aren’t alone. It is completely natural to start feeling the effects of the aging process, but you can take steps to feel better. At Restoration Medicine, we specialize in services that help individuals regain their energy and confidence. Our team is here to help! Take the first step toward living the retirement you dreamed of by contacting us!

Get your leg veins back in shape!

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Want Healthier Legs?

At Alabama Vein Center, We offer many treatments to aid you in having healthier legs which can help you live a more active life. When you don’t have pain in your legs or leg swelling from venous insufficiency you can concentrate on the more important things in life. Don’t let your legs get you down, for more information on our treatments and how we can help you contact us today for a consultation. 

Feel confident in your treatment at the Alabama Vein Center

in 2018 Blog Posts

When exploring health options, it can be hard to know what the right choice is to make.

This rings even truer when you are weighing particular treatment options for a condition that’s visible, such as varicose and spider veins.

The goals of treatment are to relieve your symptoms, prevent possible complications, and improve your quality of life. There are many ways in which your veins could be troubling you, both cosmetically and medically. Of course the best way to determine which solution best fits your needs is through an office visit, we have provided some information to help you understand your potential condition and the treatments we offer.

When people think of vein care, spider and varicose veins are often the first issues that come to mind. Varicose veins and spider veins form in the legs as the result of pressure and backflow of blood. Age, heredity, obesity, pregnancy, and certain medical conditions are all common contributing factors. While being cosmetically bothersome, these ugly annoyances may be telling you something more. If you have other problems, such as sore, tired or restless legs, swelling, skin changes, or heaviness – just to name a few, your veins may be more than a cosmetic issue; these are all symptoms of a common, treatable medical condition called Venous Insufficiency. Newer therapies allow us to treat veins without the long recovery periods, pain, and risks of scarring that often accompanies other vein surgeries. We’re proud to offer advanced, minimally invasive treatments that can have you back into your daily routine almost immediately. If you’re bothered by the appearance or symptoms of varicose veins or spider veins, we welcome you to come talk to us.

The Alabama Vein Center is a premier provider of outpatient minimally invasive vein treatments for beautiful healthy legs. If you are curious about vein care or procedures, please call our office to schedule a consultation at: 877-268-8346.

Don't Ignore your Symptoms

in 2018 Blog Posts

There are times when it is easier to admit that you need medical treatment than others.

For example, if you’re running a fever or have broken a bone, you quite likely are going to address those issues and take the appropriate steps to heal from them. However, there are times when despite there being signs that you should seek out medical treatment, the problem could be waved off as “just cosmetic” or “not important enough.” This is never the case with a venous disease. Let’s discuss what symptoms you might have to signal treatment is needed — and why that treatment is so important.

Unlike other medical conditions, in the early stages of venous disease, you may experience very subtle signs and symptoms.

Understanding vein disorders includes recognizing these subtle warnings: fullness, aching, pressure or fatigue, a sense of swelling- particularly at the ankle, cramping, itching, and restless legs.

Some symptoms of venous diseases are easy to gloss over and ignore, such as discoloration or itching. Even if you are still able to go walk around the block now, symptoms like pain and cramps could easily develop and affect your overall quality of life.

Over time, untreated vein disease leads to many venous issues that become progressively more painful, harmful and harder to treat:

  • Spider Veins: patterns or webs of blue and purple veins in the skin
  • Varicose Veins: thick, bulging, rope-like veins under the skin
  • Edema: lower leg swelling, especially at the end of the day most prominently at the ankle
  • Skin changes in texture and color in the lower leg
  • Leg ulcers usually around the ankle

If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of vein disease, it’s time to see a vascular specialist. Before making an appointment, realize that not just any doctor will do. It is important to choose the right provider who is trained and experienced in vein care. We are one of the most credentialed vein centers in the country. We invite you to talk to one of our vein care specialists to experience the difference in our care.

Probability of Vein Disorder?

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What is the probability of me having a vein disorder?

Probably not the typical question you might ask yourself when you are running a million errands or working all day. But it should be something worth thinking about as you get older. Vein problems are common in the U.S. and around the world. By age 50, nearly 40% of ladies and 20% of men have some type of significant vein disorder. Leg pain, swelling, bulging varicosities, and ulcers caused by vein insufficiency are common reasons our patients suffer and lose time from work. Ultimately what we are all trying to avoid doing in the first place! Call us today for a consultation to see how your legs may be impacting you. For more information on our vein treatments and how we can help you please contact us.

Sclerotherapy Recovery Explained

in 2018 Blog Posts

Sometimes the recovery process of a medical procedure can prove just as daunting to think about as the procedure itself.

We understand. The road to recovery can be long. Of course, you are most likely aware of the benefits you will feel eventually, but what about those initial first days of recovery?

Thankfully with a procedure like sclerotherapy, the recovery is fairly straightforward and hassle-free. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove spider veins that involves an injection directly into the vein.

After the procedure, you will likely need to wear compression socks or wraps, pending instructions provided by your healthcare provider on when and how long to wear them. Typically it is a 24-hour period of continuous wear followed by some daytime wear in the weeks ensuing. This is meant to provide the best results with the least side effects.

You may experience some pain in your legs and the areas around your veins may appear slightly bruised. This is common and should resolve entirely within several weeks. You may drive and otherwise participate in all regular activities, with hosiery on your legs. However, you will want to avoid high impact sports and activities at least for the first two days after treatment. You should also avoid direct exposure to sunlight or hot baths for 48 hours. You may shower, but will want to keep the water as cool as possible. Use whatever pain relief methods are recommended by your healthcare provider.

While recovery can be intimidating, it should not keep you from undergoing a procedure your healthcare provider may recommend you. If you are wanting to learn more about sclerotherapy, or have questions about the procedure or recovery process, call or email us to schedule a consultation appointment. Our team will be pleased to respond.

Costs of Varicose Vein Treatment?

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Concerned about out of pocket expenses?

Would you like to experience healthy, beautiful, pain free legs again but you are concerned about the out of pocket expenses? Most health insurance plans and Medicare cover the cost of the majority of the procedures performed here at Alabama Vein Center. Our on site billing and insurance specialists will discuss your concerns and file all necessary documentation with your insurance or medicare provider. You will be aware of any out of pocket expenses before you leave the facility on the day of your visit. Contact us today for a consultation at one of our five locations. Have a great day! 

Microphlebectomy: Deceptively Simple

in 2018 Blog Posts

If you are needing some major help for your varicose veins,

you may be able to resolve any problems with a simple, outpatient surgical procedure called microphlebectomy. Yes, this word does seem intimidating! However, the procedure is not, and is a very effective way to handle the discomfort associated with varicose veins.

Let’s start by simply looking at the word before we explain the basics of the procedure. Of course, “micro” means small. The rest of the word, “phlebectomy” is derived from the Greek word for excision. So, getting a microphlebectomy means that you are getting a small excision. And the actual procedure is that simple.

It may seem daunting to think about a doctor removing parts of your veins, but the incision itself is usually a quarter inch or less in length, and is often so non-invasive all you need to recover is a bandage, no stitches necessary. The fact that you are having a vein removed could be slightly worrisome, but there’s no need to fret. Varicose veins are often so inconsequential that whatever blood was flowing through them will simply divert itself to a larger vein deeper under the skin.

Microphlebectomy is a safe and uncomplicated out-patient procedure, and the result will be an end to discomfort and the beginning of beautiful looking skin. Contact us at the Alabama Vein Center today, and see if the procedure is right for you.

Are Compression Socks the Right Choice

in 2018 Blog Posts

Can you tell that maybe it’s time you consider seeking help to manage a venous disorder, but are nervous to do anything that may include injections?

There is no need to go into worry overdrive. You may be an ideal candidate to use compression therapy.

What is compression therapy? Compression therapy is simply wearing compression socks. Sounds simple enough, right? If the compression socks are of a high quality, they can actually cause blood flow to increase and your veins to gain strength. This is because the pressure created by the socks stretches out the vein walls, which greatly affects the amount of circulation in the legs. Of course, along with better circulation comes a decreased amount of swelling. Using compression socks might even prevent the formation of spider veins.

Are compression socks for you? Compression socks were designed for people who suffer from a venous disease or disorder. This could be a much less intrusive treatment of your venous disorders or diseases. Compression socks are most effective when you have some that are the correct compression class. So even though it could be tempting to just go out and grab a pair you saw in the store, make sure you know exactly what you are looking for. Check with a physician who may suggest the right compression class. A doctor may also help point you in the direction of brands that produce high-quality stockings.

If you want more information on treatment options, or want to find out what compression stockings are right for you, contact us or look through our website today. Our team of expert professionals at Alabama Vein Center are glad to assist.

Don't delay treating a vein disorder

in 2018 Blog Posts

It’s easy to put off doing something for yourself, especially when it comes to our health.

However, when it comes to vein disorders, waiting for treatment may end up causing side effects that could impact overall quality of life.

Unsightly veins may seem like a cosmetic issue, but is not always the case. Varicose veins, for instance, are an indicator that blood is not circulating properly. Some additional symptoms may include an ache or heaviness of the legs, cramps burning or throbbing of the legs, itching around the veins, or the veins could even harden. in some cases, though less frequently, swelling in the legs or restless leg syndrome may occur.

Occasionally skin ulcers could also develop near the ankles. This particular side effect is called venous ulcers. These ulcers form because blood is flowing down, but is blocked by blood clots from flowing back up. Not only are these ulcers quite painful, they might also indicate that avascular condition that may require attention.

While varicose veins or spider veins might initially seem like a purely aesthetic issue, they may be trying to tell you something important. Treating a venous conditiom could improve overall quality of life in ways you did not expect. If you want to learn more about how we treat venous disorders at the Alabama Vein Center, call us to schedule a consultation.

Spider Vein Ankle Treatment Video

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Alabama Vein Center - Video of us performing Sclerotherapy on the ankle area for the removal of spider veins. This treatment can be done with little to no downtime and usually after the first treatment there is a noticeable improvement. Call or email us today for more information! 

What is Sclerotherapy?

in 2018 Blog Posts

Do you have spider or varicose veins?

Have you ever wondered what your options are for treating these, or what the names of the treatments mean? Understanding your treatment options and what exactly they entail can bring greater confidence and peace of mind about a procedure.

So today we want to discuss one common treatment for spider veins, Sclerotherapy, which is a low-risk outpatient procedure.

Before you undergo Sclerotherapy, you’ll have a consultation with your physician to see if you are a candidate. (Our doctors are carefully selected and will make sure you understand the procedure.) Your doctor will need to determine that problems are not due to any other underlying medical issue before you undergo this cosmetic procedure. The procedure itself usually takes less than an hour. It is an injection directly into the vein. There may be some stinging or cramps when the needle is injected. After the needle is withdrawn, you will have a compress applied to the area, and often the doctor will massage the area to keep the solution dispersed. You may also have a compression wrap secured over the vein while the doctor moves on to the next one. After the procedure, you should be able to do all your normal activities, although you will be instructed to wear compression socks.

Most side effects are minor and fade after a few days. If you had smaller veins treated, they should fade in three to six weeks. If the veins are quite large, it might be as long as three or four months before they disappear. This is a low-risk way to cosmetically treat spider or varicose veins, and the Alabama Vein Center will be happy to answer your questions about this treatment. Contact us today!

Feeling a bit weighed down lately?

in 2018 Blog Posts

Are you feeling a bit weighed down lately? Fatigued?

Like you’re carrying around a 300-lb boulder on your back?

First off, it’s one of life’s natural consequences that as we grow older, our energy levels decrease. We don’t seem to have the ability to put in those all-nighters to finish important projects like we once did. Our motivation at work or at play can start to lag. Sometimes our general excitement about life itself begins to wane.

The good news is that there are a few proven things you can do to help restore the energy levels you once enjoyed.

  • Eat better – When we’re young, it feels as though we can eat practically anything. Our bodies seem to burn it off like jet fuel. We can eat junk food to our heart’s content and never gain significant weight. When it’s crunch time, we always seem to find the energy necessary to get ‘er done. Well, if you haven’t already discovered it yet, the same isn’t true as we get older. As the years progress, it becomes essential that we transform our daily diet. Eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. This simple solution can not only have a dramatic effect upon our energy levels, but it can significantly improve our state of mind also.
  • Exercise – Deliberately. We’re not just talking about walking the dog or spending a few hours a week on the court with friends. Ideally, you learned the value of exercise when you were young, perhaps as you participated in sports leagues, school athletics or physical education. As we age many of us realize we’re no longer as active as a matter of habit or discipline. No coach is pushing us to finish that final lap or do one more rep. Suddenly, it’s all up to us. We must accept that if we don’t make some changes, that boulder on our backs will only grow heavier and our quality of life will decline.
  • Seek reliable advice – Now we’re talking, literally. Seek counsel from people you respect – hopefully people who are succeeding in their own efforts to conquer this challenge. This can include friends and relatives. If that doesn’t get you over the “hump,” you can also seek counsel from professionals. Such professionals can be dietitians, physical trainers and doctors in variety of fields.

At some point if none of the “usual” solutions seem to be eliminating fatigue and restoring normal energy levels, you may want to research the wide array of options available from a Restoration Medicine specialist. A specialist in Restoration Medicine can address specific symptoms you may be experiencing, whether it’s sleep disorders, decreased sexual function, weight gain, depression or simply an increasing frustration with the implementation of other methods.

This is an area where we can help. For more information, look through our website or contact us to ask additional questions. We can help take that weight off your shoulders.

Threading: A stitch in Time Saves. . . ?

in 2018 Blog Posts

So when it comes to “threading” as a means of removing facial hair, how much time does it actually save?

The answer is 6 – as in 6 weeks! In other words, if done correctly, you won’t have to repeat this process for a full month and a half.

Records indicate that threading has been practiced in Egypt and India for the past 5000 years. The results are dramatic, but it requires a special touch and unique skillset. For millennia practitioners kept these techniques secret, passing them down from one generation to the next or strictly from parent to child.

Cotton thread is generally the preferred fabric. By incorporating a twisting motion, the technician captures unwanted hair (even of the finest variety, nicknamed “peach fuzz”) in a kind of lasso, then removes it by lifting the hair from deep within the follicle, taking as long as 6 weeks for it to regrow.

In recent years the technique has gained a passionate following in the West, particularly from individuals beset by a condition sometimes called “trouble brows.” Because threading is highly precise in its ability to shape straight, even lines, a growing number of adherents sing its praises over other facial hair removal treatments, such as waxing, tweezing or sugaring. It’s considered more sanitary since nothing but the actual thread touches the skin. Methods can vary, but a skilled technician usually works very fast, completing the entire procedure – start to finish – in as little as two minutes. The best news may be that threading often becomes permanent, meaning that the exhausted follicle loses its ability to regrow the hair.

Although the threading technique can be used for hair on other parts of the body, it is mostly reserved for the face, especially shaping eyebrows and removing unwanted hair from the chin, cheeks and upper lip. Depending upon the skill of the technician – and your personal tolerance – many report that the pain or discomfort is considerably less than other methods, like tweezing.

Threading is a very specialized skill and is rarely taught in American schools for cosmologists and aestheticians. Unless you live in a large metropolitan area, it can be difficult to find a tech with the proper experience. That’s why we’re thrilled to report that at Alabama Vein Center we can now provide this ancient treatment to our patients, along with other methods of hair removal, such as waxing, laser and other technologies.

Contact our offices by calling 877-268-8346 or visit our website for more information.

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