It’s not easy to live with varicose veins, and you’ll eventually want to undergo treatment to eliminate the painful symptoms. At that point, you’ll need to decide if you should see a varicose vein expert or another provider. While a dermatologist can treat uncomplicated cases, it’s still a good idea to see an expert. Let’s go over some reasons you should use a specialist when undergoing varicose vein treatment.
Dermatologists can treat superficial spider and varicose veins but generally don’t have the training or resources to determine the root cause of the problem. Thus, your symptoms can reappear quickly after undergoing treatment, if they disappear at all.
On the other hand, varicose vein experts use ultrasound technology to evaluate the vascular system. Then, they identify and treat the problem veins, eliminating the uncomfortable symptoms in the process.
Your treatment options are limited when you go to a dermatologist. Generally, you can expect to choose between sclerotherapy and laser therapy at the dermatologist.
However, vein specialists offer a full menu of treatment choices, allowing them to select the appropriate treatment for each patient. Your treatment options include:
Each of these treatments forces the unhealthy veins to collapse, preventing blood from pooling inside them. Then, the blood naturally redirects to healthy veins.
If the insurance company determines that your treatment was for cosmetic purposes, it will likely deny your claim. Unfortunately, there’s a strong chance of that happening when you get the treatment at a dermatologist. Because dermatologists don’t treat the root cause, your insurance company can argue that you did not receive medical benefits from the treatment. Instead, it provided cosmetic benefits by closing off the veins at the surface.
A vein specialist understands what insurance companies need to approve claims. If your varicose veins are causing medical problems, the provider can submit the necessary supporting documentation, increasing the likelihood of your insurance company covering treatment. Thus, you can save a lot of money by choosing a specialist for your varicose vein treatment.
Dr. Vinay Madan of the Center for Varicose Veins has over two decades of experience diagnosing and treating varicose veins. He offers the latest minimally invasive treatments, including radiofrequency ablation, adhesive vein closure, endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy. If you’d like an expert to treat your varicose veins, schedule a consultation with Dr. Madan.