Cutting Edge Procedures
Dr. Ebanks is recognized as a leader in the treatment of varicose veins, and she is experienced in several cutting-edge procedures that effectively treat all types of varicose veins. She was the first in Grand Cayman to perform modern techniques like endovenous laser therapy and VeinGogh. These latest technologies have come to the forefront of vein treatments because they are fast, effective, virtually painless and require little to no recovery time afterward.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
What Is Endovenous Laser Treatment?
Endovenous laser treatment (commonly known as EVLT) is a nonsurgical procedure that uses laser energy to reduce the appearance of varicose veins. The heat emitted from the laser machine is powerful enough to collapse the problematic vein without causing significant damage to the surrounding tissue.
While cutting out the blood flow entirely from a swollen vein might sound problematic, the body does a great job at naturally rerouting the blood through neighboring veins. This results in an overall better flow since blood is not getting trapped in the weak vein.
Why Do We Need EVLT?
Swollen veins can be painful and cause constant discomfort. But even if they are not painful, they still pose an unfortunate aesthetic problem that makes many people feel self-conscious about their appearance. For either of these reasons, you can elect to have the veins corrected. Many physicians even consider treatment to be proper preventative care since varicose veins can pose more significant health risks in some rare cases. Although exceedingly uncommon, varicose veins can lead to blood clots, ulcers and bleeding. There are very few ways to correct varicose veins as effectively as EVLT. We need this treatment because it allows patients with both medical and aesthetic concerns to put their minds at ease without the need for more invasive procedures.
Am I a Candidate for EVLT?
EVLT is appropriate for the vast majority of patients who are interested in getting rid of varicose veins. However, if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, habitually smoke or drink, or have underlying health conditions that pose additional risks, EVLT may not be for you.
The only way to know if you are a candidate for this procedure is to schedule a consultation. Dr. Ebanks will review your medical history, examine your unique conditions and listen to your goals. Using that information, Dr. Ebanks will develop a tailored treatment plan that is well-suited to your needs.
What Should I Expect During EVLT Recovery?
The procedure is minimally invasive, which means you should be able to return to your everyday routines as soon as the process is completed. Most patients experience mild discomfort, swelling, redness, tenderness or a slight burning sensation.
These symptoms are very tolerable and can often be managed without any medication, but ibuprofen or acetaminophen are enough to alleviate these sensations. Be sure to avoid aspirin or other blood-thinning products. Some bruising may also occur, but it generally is gone within a week or two.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from EVLT?
EVLT is exceptional at providing reliable results to patients. You can expect to have a dramatic reduction in the appearance of a varicose vein and significant improvement to any pain or discomfort that they cause. The results are long-lasting— very rarely the vein grows back after being destroyed by the laser energy.
While new veins may develop naturally, if you respond well to the first procedure, you will probably have continued success in future EVLT treatments.
What Complications Can EVLT Cause?
Generally, EVLT is complication-free, but some side effects like infection, bleeding, bruising, redness, swelling and blood clots can occur on increasingly rare occasions.
Can EVLT Make My Skin Numb?
Nerve damage may occur from EVLT, but the risk of this occurring goes down drastically when you use a medical professional like Dr. Ebanks, who has a plethora of experience and expertise in the treatment.
VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System
What Is the VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System?
The VeinGogh system was developed to treat small superficial spider veins. A group of people thought that using a large percutaneous laser and intense pulsed light systems was “like using a sledgehammer to push in a thumbtack.” The developers behind VeinGogh developed a very effective FDA-approved product. The result was VeinGogh’s Microburst Technology, a unique electrical output that allows for pinpoint precision when emitting heat into the layers of the skin. VeinGogh can be used to safely and effectively treat spider veins and telangiectasias especially in the face area. The VeinGogh procedure allows patients to quickly return to normal activities. Most sessions take less than 30 minutes to complete, and additional sessions may further enhance your desired results. In some cases, Dr. Ebanks offers a combination of VeinGogh treatments with sclerotherapy for an optimal outcome. In addition to successfully treating varicose and spider veins, the VeinGogh procedure has been shown to be effective on skin discolorations such as cherry angiomas, skin tags, and rosacea. Two of the largest benefits over sclerotherapy is that there is no need to stay out of the sun or wear compression stockings after the procedure.
Why Do We Need VeinGogh?
There are many cases where varicose veins are tiny or a patient does not respond well to sclerotherapy.. In those cases where precision is the priority, we can turn to the VeinGogh system for safe and accurate correction while avoiding some of the drawbacks of broader systems. There is no need for compression after treatment and you can resume normal activities right away afterwards. Simply put, we need it because it has a lot of advantages over other options, still being very reliable.
Am I a Candidate for a VeinGogh?
If your spider veins are small or few and you are willing to tolerate slight discomfort during the procedure performed, then VeinGogh might be an excellent way to ensure maximum precision and the lightest recovery during your treatment. You should also be in good general health, not smoke or excessively drink, and be free from underlying conditions that can pose additional risks.
VeinGogh patients are usually the most pleased when they have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. Make sure you bring a list of questions to your consultation to get a clear understanding of this system and how it works. Otherwise, you may find yourself disappointed in an otherwise successful treatment.
What Should I Expect During VeinGogh Recovery?
VeinGogh recovery is very easy. There is no need for compression or dressing afterwards. Once the initial slight burning and itching pain that lasts a few hours after the procedure has subsided, there is usually no pain afterwards and you can resume normal activities including swimming the next day. . It still may take up to several weeks for side effects to wear off, and the final cosmetic results may take months, just like after sclerotherapy, but during that time there are no restrictions or discomfort.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from a VeinGogh?
You can expect to achieve substantial improvement to the appearance of your small spider veins, especially with repeated treatment. The results are usually lasting, which means you should not need to worry about a follow-up unless you develop new problematic veins in the future.
Can VeinGogh Be Used for Rosacea?
Some physicians use the VeinGogh system to treat topical skin concerns like rosacea, skin tags and cherry angiomas. Ask Dr. Ebanks if you are interested in treating these conditions.
What Is the Difference Between VeinGogh and Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy uses a chemical injection to destroy the underlying vein, while VeinGogh uses concentrated heat energy. The effect is often very similar, but VeinGogh has certain advantages over chemical solutions such as no need for compression stockings afterwards and exposure to the sun has no adverse effect.
Cutting Edge Vein Treatments in Grand Cayman
If you are ready to learn more about how these treatments can solve your vein woes, give our office a call at +1 345 946 0067. You can also fill out our online contact form to have a staff member call you at a more convenient time or you can message Cayman Surgery directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.