Choosing a Doctor for your Spider Veins Can Be a Big Decision
If you have decided to move forward with treating unsightly spider veins on your legs or face, then you’re probably wondering where to go for care. The list of vein centers and specialists can be overwhelming, and unless you’re an expert on the matter, choosing the right physician may be quite confusing. Below are a few key topics to consider when making this very important decision:
- Qualifications- While some physicians may be able to diagnose and treat simple vein issues, a board-certified phlebologist is a physician who specializes exclusively in the diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases such as spider and varicose veins. A board-certified phlebologist will be able to detect subtleties or issues that may arise prior to or as a result of treatment. Also of great importance is that the physician is a Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS) and a Registered Phlebology Sonographer (RPhS) or Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT). These certifications ensure that not only can the physician treat your vein issue, but also that he or she can perform and interpret ultrasonography of the affected veins and determine the best course of action for your specific case.
- Experience (Theirs and Yours) – Seriously examine the background of each physician you are considering. A reputable doctor will make his or her education and practice experience available to you. Be sure that your doctor is a licensed MD or DO with a specialty in vein disorders and treatment. Find out about the support staff and anyone who may be performing procedures on you. Consider testimonials of those you know and trust, and if you’ve received treatments from this physician or someone within the practice before, consider your level of satisfaction with your overall experience(s) in the past. If you have no prior experience with vein specialists, set up consultations with several and get a feel for who you like the best.
- Treatment Options- Be sure that the physician and the medical practice you choose uses safe, proven effective, state-of-the-art treatment options and equipment. All treatments and devices used should be FDA-approved and performed only by qualified medical providers. Patients should opt for non-invasive treatment options such as endovenous procedures and sclerotherapy when appropriate. Treatments for superficial venous disease should be completed as outpatient procedures with little downtime. Today’s treatments do not require a hospital visit or stay. It is important for prospective patients to know their options.
Cosmetic Vein Experts at Cosmetic Laser CentersSM
At Cosmetic Laser CentersSM, we provide the highest quality care for our patients. For those who want to diminish the appearance of spider veins, we offer sclerotherapy for the legs and light therapy for the face. Dr. Krysinski, our founding physician, is not only a general surgeon and board-certified phlebologist, but he is also the founder of our sister practice, Vein Institute of PittsburghSM where patients with symptomatic lower extremity vein complaints are diagnosed and treated. Our vein treatments are FDA-approved and performed on an outpatient basis. If you are looking for a vein doctor in the Pittsburgh area, we offer two convenient locations, Warrendale (between Wexford and Cranberry) and Robinson Township, for your treatment needs. Our mission is to help you reach your beauty goals.
Unsure which type of appointment you require? Are your veins only a cosmetic concern or are they a sign of something more? Don’t worry. Give us call at 724-935-4200, and we will help you decide which type of evaluation is best suited for your needs.