Leg Veins Q&A With Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian
Monday, March 23, 2015 • 22 comments
As the old saying goes . . . "If you've got 'em . . . flaunt em!" Sexy legs are such an important part of a woman's body. For those women who have perfectly toned, smoothe and contoured legs, it’s a no-brainer why they flaunt their legs. But for some women, embarrassing spider and varicose veins can take a toll on the body, causing a change in the color, texture, and contour of the legs and thighs. Fortunately, there are some promising new treatments to get your legs ready for a hot night out.
I spoke with cosmetic surgeon and vein expert Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian, a renowned triple board certified surgeon in the United States. Dr. Karamanoukian has written over 150 scientific articles, two dozen books, and has been featured in international media regarding his state-of-the-art techniques for vein treatment and cosmetic surgery. Not to mention, he has developed revolutionary techniques in robotic surgery and laser-assisted surgical techniques.
In 2004, he developed a National Center for Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and has since performed over 30,000 vein procedures. Dr. Hratch is Director of the Vein Treatment Center with offices in Williamsville, NY and Clarence, NY. He has published 6 books in vein disease, which are available as free access books on his website www.veinsveinsveins.com
Q: Why do some women develop abnormal veins in the legs?
It is not uncommon for patients to work day in and day out for years, neglecting their legs as a source of pain and discomfort. Abnormal spider and varicose veins arise as a result of family history, repetitive and high-stress physical activity (or lack thereof), and skin injury. Abnormal veins are a common finding in women, with nearly 40% of patients at the age of 60-70 having the problem.
Q: What are the symptoms of vein disease?
Some women just have clusters of spider veins on the legs, while others can experience a myriad of symptoms including aching and pain in the legs, heavy and tired legs, cramping and throbbing, restless legs and ankle and leg swelling.
Q: What should health and beauty conscious women emphasize for their vein health?
Women should remember to wear compression stockings during work to prevent blood from pooling in the legs. Prolonged sitting or standing have been shown to be risk factors for developing varicose veins.
Q: What are some minimally invasive techniques to treat spider veins?
Spider vein injections are much more effective and much less painful than they ever have been. We continue to treat women with spider vein injections every day in our office. Women love that the injections have a quick turnaround and help them achieve beautiful looking legs.
Q: What do you do for women with more severe varicose veins?
Catheter ablation techniques have replaced surgery and vein stripping procedures. They are done in the office and patients can drive back to work immediately and return to full function in > 98% of cases within 24 hours.
Q: What ablation techniques do you use in your offices?
We offer 3 endovenoustypes of varicose vein treatments, including VNUS Closure which uses radiofrequency energy, EVLT Never Touch which uses laser energy, and ClariVein which uses mechanochemical energy.
Q: Are there ways to prevent vein problems?
Taking bioflavonoids on a daily basis will help reduce the symptoms of venous insufficiency and also help maintain venous health. We have written a book about bioflavonoids called 'The Health Benefits of Citrus Bioflavonoids and Diosmin' and it is a free access book provided on our website www.veinsveinsveins.com
Q: What products do you recommend?
Bioflavonoids are the latest and greatest in maintaining venous health. That's one of the reasons why we have developed a complete line of bioflavonoids for venous disease and lymphatic disease. Bioflavonoids keep vein valves healthy and also promote an antioxidant milieu for the endothelial lining of reticular and varicose veins. Our product Varicosamin in unique and an excellent resource for patients with varicose veins and venous insufficiency and can be found on www.myveinstore.com
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