Varicose Veins

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:30pm

While in most cases Endovenous Laser Ablation, or EVLA, is used to combat varicose veins, another minimally invasive treatment can also be quite effective.

Done in-office, microphlebectomy involves creating tiny punctures or incisions through which the veins are removed.

Local anesthesia is used which makes the procedure “virtually painless,” said Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center.

Microphlebectomy targets the varicose veins that are very close to the surface of the skin.

And because the incisions are so small, less than a millimeter in size, stitches are not needed to close them.

“Patients are able to walk after the procedure,” Malinowski said.

Strenuous activity, however, should be avoided for one to two days following.

Patients are also encouraged to wear compression bandages or stockings post-treatment. A physician will advise how long they need to be worn.

Once the veins are permanently removed they cannot recur.

If you are battling varicose veins, it is imperative to seek treatment. They will not go away on their own and in fact, can often get worse, leading to more serious health concerns such as hyperpigmentation and ulcers. People with varicose vein disease also have an increased risk of blood clots.

A consultation with an Eterna MedSpa physician will include an ultrasound study to determine the location and extent of the abnormal veins in your legs. Then a treatment plan will be developed to properly treat your vein disease.

For more information, call Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center at (815) 254-8888 or visit

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