1. Is It a Medical Center or a Cosmetic Spa?
Not every vein treatment center is a medical center, and there are distinct differences in what each one offers. A cosmetic vein center, like a spa, can do certain vein treatments, but they’re primarily topical and temporary solutions. Lasers at the skin’s surface, for example, might temporarily reduce the visibility of spider veins, but they won’t prevent them from coming back or treat the underlying problem. In addition, many people’s skin is too sensitive for these topical treatments.
A medical vein treatment center in the Hamptons offers a full array of comprehensive care for spider veins, as well as varicose veins, and the vein diseases that often cause them. The treatments are even more gentle than the typical spa treatment, but they are endovenous, rather than topical, treating veins with tiny needles or pin-sized catheters to actually close off the damaged vein.
2. Is the Vein Specialist a Board Certified Vein Doctor?
Inquire about the vein specialists’ actual specialty. Are they trained as an esthetician, a dermatologist, a vascular surgeon, or a board certified vein doctor? The board certification process isolates the top doctors so patients can easily see if their doctor is qualified to care for them. Being certified in venous medicine is especially important, since it verifies that your doctor is trained in the latest research and has passed a test of their expertise.
Millions of people deal with unsightly or uncomfortable veins, so many different practitioners offer to treat those issues. But only a board certified vein doctor is highly trained in the intricacies of your venous anatomy and the best methods to safely care for your veins.
3. How Many Years of Experience Do They Have?
A vein doctor’s experience should start with acquiring a degree from a reputable medical school and getting licensed to practice medicine. From there, look for evidence of residencies, fellowship training, and board certification in venous medicine. The best vein specialists will have experience as “Chief Residents,” “Clinical Instructors,” “Medical Directors,” lecturers, or medical textbook contributors. In other words, look for a doctor that other vein doctors look to for advice.
Then, look for a physician with clinical experience under their belt. You don’t need to find the oldest vein doctor in town; that might actually lead to an outdated treatment plan. Instead, look for a vein doctor with a proven track record and recognition as a diplomate, “RealSelf Top Doctor,” or a “Center of Excellence,” as well as ample experience. Choosing a team of vein doctors has distinct advantages, since they pool their expertise for accurate diagnoses.
4. Is the Vein Center Run by a Vascular Surgeon?
A vascular surgeon is an essential doctor for certain patients, particularly those with blood clotting issues or severely tortuous veins. However, some vascular surgeons only perform surgery and not minimally invasive alternatives. Most patients only need less invasive methods to restore their venous health.
So, choose a vein treatment center that isn’t run exclusively by a vascular surgeon, especially one that doesn’t perform anything other than surgery. Our Hamptons vein center can perform vein surgery, but we rarely do, because the alternatives are so much faster, safer, gentler, and more effective for the vast majority of patients.
5. Do I Have a Vein Disease?
Some patients have a minor vein issue, like a spider vein just beneath the skin, that’s resolved with a quick injection. But many others have deeper issues, like a disease called chronic venous insufficiency. It’s important to ask your Hamptons vein center whether your vein damage stems from vein disease. An unqualified vein center might not be able to answer this question or have the tools to treat it.
But our medical group can not only diagnose vein disease, they can treat it quickly with minimally invasive techniques and ultrasound-guided procedures. Many people have vein disease and don’t realize it, which is why their vein symptoms and vein damage keep coming back. Ask about vein disease upfront so you know if the vein center is equipped to treat it.
6. Am I at Risk if My Parent Suffers From Vein Disease?
Do you have a parent with spider veins, varicose veins, or vein disease? Chances are, you’ll inherit similar issues. If both parents have vein disease, you’re pretty much guaranteed to develop it too. Ask your vein doctor about the risks involved when vein disease runs in your family. Our Hamptons vein treatment center offers several preventive measures and lifestyle suggestions to keep vein disease to a minimum and reduce its impact on your skin’s appearance, as well as your lifestyle.
7. What Are My Minimally Invasive Treatment Options?
One of the most important things to know is whether the vein center has minimally invasive options. One gentle option isn’t sufficient, since no single treatment is best for every patient. Find a vein center with options to suit your specific condition and treatment goals. A reputable practice like our Hamptons vein center will offer procedures like VenaSeal, Varithena, radiofrequency ablation, and sclerotherapy, and will explain the pros and cons of each method. While the ultimate goal is resolving vein issues, our team also seeks to match the treatment to your specific preferences and provide a flawless finish.
8. Are Spider and Varicose Vein Treatments the Same?
Some patients assume spider veins and varicose veins are the same thing and are treated exactly the same. While they often stem from a singular issue (chronic venous insufficiency), their formation and treatment options aren’t identical. Spider veins are new, unhealthy veins that trickle out from an overburdened feeder vein. They don’t take blood where it’s supposed to go (back to your heart); they’re a dead-end pathway that branches out when blood collects in your vein.
Varicose veins might also form from pressure building in an engorged vein, but these veins stretch and contort to contain the blood, which is why they have a bulging, ropelike appearance. Varicose veins are larger and more twisted than spider veins, so our vein center offers several options designed to treat each vein in the best manner to resolve it.
9. What Do Patients Think of the Hamptons Vein Center?
If you can’t find patient reviews of the vein treatment center online, ask them for evidence of their success rate. Inquire about before-and-after photos and the best place to read patient reviews. Check Google, Yelp, and medical grading sites to determine the vein center’s reputation. While every medical group has an occasional disgruntled customer, it’s important to find one with primarily glowing reviews. Our vein centers in North Shore, South Shore, and the Hamptons consistently receive 5-star reviews.
10. How Easy Is it to Schedule an Appointment?
No matter how great a vein treatment center is, it’s no help to you if you can’t schedule an appointment. Check their website to see if you can book an appointment online, call for an appointment, or request a phone consultation. Vein doctors who care about their patients will be easy to reach, just like our team who provides patients with a concierge for continual access to their doctor. We understand that vein issues don’t just occur during normal work hours, so we’re here for you whenever you need us. Schedule an appointment today to learn why we’re the right vein center for you!