Services at Advanced Vein Center
Restoring the Health of Your Veins
Meet our professional staff at the Advanced Vein Clinic.
Unhappy with how your legs look and feel? Concerned about your leg veins? Our vein clinic has some of the most highly trained Vein Surgeons and Vein Doctors in the area. They strive to provide the best care available in the Pittsburgh area.
The Advanced Vein Center’s Cranberry Township office is the largest of our vein clinics. All of our locations feature highly trained surgical and support staff who specialize in the care of varicose veins and spider veins. Our clinics focus on performing minimally invasive procedures to treat common (and uncommon) vein conditions. Veins aren’t a side practice for us — it’s what we do.
Varicose and Spider Veins
By far, the conditions we see most frequently are varicose veins and spider veins. These aren’t subtle conditions: if you’ve got them you certainly know about it.
Varicose veins almost always occur on the legs. Varicose veins are large veins on the surface which have become stretched out because of increased pressure and begin to bulge. They have a distinctive bluish, rope-like appearance. They can appear as long, straight, bulging veins or even as isolated “bumps” that collapse when you push on them. More often, however, they appear as thick, twisting, ropey veins typically found on the calves or around the knees.
What people often don’t realize about vein issues is that physical symptoms often occur with the cosmetic ones. For most people they’re simply a cosmetic concern, but they can indicate underlying disease in deeper veins. If left untreated, physical symptoms can get worse, and include aching, heavy, tired legs, itching, muscle cramping, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), swelling (especially around the ankles) and even ankle ulcers.
Spider veins appear in bluish or purplish clusters of tiny veins that have a spider web appearance. In some cases the individual veins are so close together that the spider vein cluster appears as a large, unsightly bruise. As with varicose veins, spider veins are usually just a cosmetic concern but do indicate underlying disease.
Almost all vein disease starts when the one-way valves which keep blood flowing in the right direction (towards the heart) become stretched out. At this point, blood begins to trickle back down the large veins in the leg. This occurrence can cause the heavy, aching feeling which accompanies vein disease.
Both varicose veins and spider veins can be treated successfully with modern, minimally invasive procedures. After an initial assessment which will likely include an ultrasound exam, our Specialized Vein Doctors will meet with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your unique situation.
At the Advanced Vein Centers we rely heavily on a technology called the VNUS ClosureFAST system. It’s a form of Radiofrequency (RF) ablation, which relies on RF energy to collapse diseased veins. Unlike arteries, each of us has many miles of veins in each leg. When these diseased veins are closed it can greatly improve overall circulation.
Unlike endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), there is no “forward fire” phenomenon associated with RF ablation. It’s a more precise technique which does very little damage to surrounding healthy tissue. While both techniques accomplish the same goal, many surgeons regard RF ablation, like the VNUS system, as safer.
Unlike purely cosmetic treatments, VNUS targets physical symptoms, and is therefore often covered by insurance. It’s safe, fast, and results in very little downtime. Treatment takes about an hour. The entire procedure can be completed at our clinic
If you’ve got tired, achy legs don’t wait, call the Advanced Vein Center today at (724) 987-3220.
Same day appointments are available on a limited basis.
A vein screening will allow our specialized staff to evaluate your legs for common vein problems. Our staff will answer any questions you may have about the screening or your symptoms. If the screen determines there is a cause for concern, we’ll recommend a full medical work-up, which is usually covered by insurance. A referral from your primary care provider is not necessary. Our staff will confirm insurance benefits initially to ensure you feel confident that the services are covered.
A full evaluation starts with a complete medical history and physical exam. This is followed by an advanced Doppler exam. Afterwards you’ll meet with one of our doctors to discuss your options. Treatments that are recommend are usually covered by insurance.
Hand Vein Treatments
Bulging, rope-like veins on the backs of the hands are one of the most visible signs of aging. As we grow older, the skin of the hands naturally becomes looser and thinner. This allows existing veins to become more noticeable. Common, and highly effective, non-surgical treatments for hand veins include sclerotherapy and dermal fillers. Sclerotherapy is an injectable treatment that causes small to medium sized veins to disappear over time. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, restore lost volume, making veins less noticeable.
Depending on your unique situation, non-invasive options may not provide optimal results. For larger, thicker veins surgical removal is often recommended. The recommended surgical procedure may be minimally invasive. A mini-phlebectomy this is a relatively simple procedure which only takes about an hour. Healing times are generally short, leaving you with hands that look as if the veins were never there.
In very minor cases where prominent veins are just starting to appear the solution can be even easier. Our sister company, Body beautiful Laser Medi-Spa, offers laser treatments designed to tighten skin and remove age spots. Among the most popular and effective is the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial. This procedure is most often performed on the face; however, it’s also an excellent hand rejuvenation treatment as well.
Microphlebectomy for Surface Veins
Utilizing tiny (1 mm) access incisions, specialized instruments can be used to physically remove varicose veins. Like RF ablation this is a minimally invasive in-office procedure that takes about an hour. Microphlebectomy results are permanent. Once a vein is gone, it’s gone for good.
Sclerotherapy for Smaller Veins
Sclerotherapy is often the treatment of choice for smaller varicose veins. A special foaming medication is injected directly into these veins, which causes them to collapse. The overall effect is quite similar to that of RF ablation, it just relies on medication instead of radiofrequency energy. Once the treated vein is collapsed it is reabsorbed by the body over time and then disappears. As with VNUS ablation, and the microphlebectomy procedure, sclerotherapy results are permanent.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for Facial Veins
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are more commonly known as photofacials. They’re one of the most popular light-based medical spa treatments. IPL treatments excel at removing spider veins and burst capillaries on the face.
These tiny nuisance facial veins have a purplish, reddish color which makes covering them up a challenge. They most commonly occur on the nose, yet can be found on the cheeks, forehead, or anywhere else on the face. IPL treatments target the pigment (hemoglobin) which gives these blood vessels their color. It’s non-invasive and effectively erases unwanted vessels in a single treatment. It also tightens facial skin, evens tone, can treat sun damage and rosacea. It can even remove lighter birthmarks! The photofacial is one of the most versatile treatments currently available.
Dr. Tim Kavic, medical director of the Advanced Vein Center, relies heavily on IPL photofacial treatments to remove vessels which are too small to warrant other treatment.
Bleeding From The Leg
After many years, varicose or spider veins can sometime push through the surrounding eroded skin and become exposed. When this happens, even the most insignificant trauma (a bump or scrape) can open up the vein and cause considerable bleeding. While not necessarily life-threatening, it can be alarming. By treating veins that are prone to this situation in advance, such an unnerving situation can be avoided. Undergoing treatment, such as sclerotherapy, at the first sign of a problem can prevent this type of bleeding.
There a multiple reasons why breasts veins may be visible. As women age, visible dark blue veins may appear on their breasts This situation can contribute to decreased confidence and self-consciousness.
In many cases, pregnancy and breastfeeding will cause breast veins to become more visible. In most cases, these undesirable veins will fade away after a short period of time; but, it is not unusual for visible veins on the breast to become permanent. Having a breast augmentation procedure can make this situation more likely.
Our healthcare professionals are trained to use the latest, quickest, safest and most successful treatment to reduce the appearance of breast veins in a supportive and discreet environment
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a dangerous medical condition that can lead to a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism. A DVT is when a clot forms in a large vein, obstructing the blood flow. These blockages usually occur deep within the leg.
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