Venefit

Venefit (Targeted Endovenous RadioFrequency Therapy)
By Aluna Cosmetic, Laser & Vein Centers in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Encino, Glendale and Irvine CA

Vein Therapy in Encino, CA

At Aluna Vein Centers, we believe everyone deserves beautiful and pain-free skin. Dr. Massoudi has years of experience treating patients throughout the Los Angeles, Encino, Irvine, Glendale, and Beverly Hills areas, and we pride ourselves on using only the most advanced technologies and techniques in treating vein and skin conditions. That's why we're excited to offer a new form of treatment for varicose veins that's minimally invasive, comfortable, and effective: Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy.

What is Venefit?

Venefit is a simple, minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to treat varicose veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). The procedure consists of inserting a catheter into the problem vein that applies uniform, consistent heat to the collagen in the vein walls, which causes the vein to close and heal over. Once the diseased vein closes, blood redirects to other, healthy veins, eliminating the varicose vein and restoring healthy blood flow. 

Clinical studies have shown that Venefit patients suffer less bruising, pain, and complications than with comparable treatments, and Venefit also leaves almost no scarring - and it can be performed in a specialist clinic or same-day surgical facility under local anesthesia. All in all, Venefit has been proven to be up to four times faster in improving patient quality of life. 

About Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Chronic Venous Insufficiency is a progressive condition where the valves that help carry blood from the legs up to the heart cease to function, causing blood to pool in the legs and swelling in certain veins. This pooling is called reflux, and it results in expansion of veins that then protrude and show through the skin. In addition to cosmetic problems, CVI can cause pain, swelling in the legs, heaviness and fatigue of the legs, and in severe cases, may cause serious skin problems or ulcers. The first stage of CVI is varicose veins, and without proper treatment, these seemingly harmless veins can progress to more serious – and more painful – stages of CVI.

Treating CVI

It's not possible to repair the damaged valves, so instead, treating CVI requires re-routing blood to flow through healthy, normal veins. The traditional treatment for this is to surgically remove the problem veins, which requires a complex and invasive procedure. Venefit, however, makes treatment simple and effective. It's minimally invasive and closes the vein without having to surgically remove it, allowing blood to flow to other, healthy veins without the need for surgery.

Comparing Venefit & Other CVI Treatments

The two traditional treatments for CVI are surgical vein stripping and laser ablation. In vein stripping, a surgeon makes an incision in the thigh and ties off the vein, then uses a stripper tool to pull the vein out through another incision in the calf. In laser ablation, a laser is used to apply targeted heat to the vein, which causes the blood to heat to a boiling point and damages the vein enough that it closes - and the laser temperatures can easily reach over 700º C.

Venefit, on the other hand, uses a simple catheter to apply low-intensity heat directly to the walls of the vein, causing the vein to close without doing damage to surrounding tissues. Once the vein collapses, blood flows to other, healthy veins, and your body will eventually reabsorb the vein material. Venefit has been proven to result in less bruising, complications, and post-procedure pain.

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Varicose Vein Myths 

There are a number of common myths about varicose veins, how they form, and their treatment – so we want to take this opportunity to set the record straight.

Myth 1: Varicose veins don't come from prolonged standing.

Truth: Actually, anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet is at increased risk for developing varicose veins. Regularly resting with the legs elevated above the heart can help to lower your risk if you spend a lot of time standing.

Myth 2: Crossing your legs contributes to varicose veins.

Truth: There's no correlation between crossing your legs and varicose veins. The real risk factor for varicose veins and CVI is being overweight - so we recommend regular exercise and a healthy diet to fight CVI.

Myth 3: Spider veins and varicose veins are the same.

Truth: While spider and varicose veins are both caused by hemodynamic dysfunctions, spider veins appear just beneath the skin and aren't a medical risk – varicose veins, however, protrude above the skin and can develop into more serious problems.

Myth 4: Men don’t get varicose veins or CVI.

Truth: While men are less vulnerable to varicose veins, they're still at risk for CVI, and as many as 42% of men develop varicose veins by age 60.

Myth 5: Dehydration contributes to varicose veins and CVI.

Truth: There's little correlation between insufficient hydration and varicose veins, but limb trauma has been shown to contribute.

Myth 6: Varicose veins are simply a cosmetic issue that doesn't require medical treatment.

Truth: Unlike spider veins, varicose veins are the first step in the progression towards CVI, which can have serious medical consequences. The best way to prevent serious complications is to treat varicose veins early on, when they can still be resolved with minimally invasive procedures. 

Myth 7: Genetics and age matter for being at risk of varicose veins or CVI.

Truth: Genetics and age are both significant risk factors for developing varicose veins and CVI. Women over 50 are at the highest risk for CVi, and if you have a family member suffering from varicose veins, you're more likely to develop varicose veins in your lifetime. 
Venefit FAQs

How long does Venefit take?
The actual procedure takes less than an hour, but you can expect to spend 2-3 hours in your treatment facility to accommodate regular pre- and post-treatment procedures.

Is Venefit painful?
The operation is performed under local or regional anesthetic, so patients feel little to no pain.

Will I need anesthesia?
You may opt to have the procedure under local, regional, or general anesthesia, but because the procedure is minimally invasive, most patients are comfortable with local anesthesia. 

Will I need to go through a recovery period?
Most patients can return to normal activities quickly. Your doctor may recommend a walking regimen and that you refrain from strenuous activities like heavy lifting for a few weeks after treatment.

How fast will the treatment work?
Patients generally start seeing improvements within two weeks after the procedure. 

Will I have scarring, bruising, or swelling?
Because Venefit is minimally invasive, most patients experience little to none of these symptoms.

Are there any complications I should worry about?
Just like with all medical procedures, risks and complications are present with the Venefit treatment. Doctor Massoudi will review your unique case and assess any risks that may be prevalent for you. While complications from Venefit are rare, they may include vessel perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, hematoma, infection, paresthesia (numbness or tingling) and/or skin burn.

Can anyone get Venefit?
To find out if Venefit is right for you, you'll need to have a consultation with a dedicated vein specialist like Dr. Massoudi. If you'd like to see if Venefit can help treat your varicose veins, feel free to schedule a consultation at one of our Aluna Vein Centers in Southern California: Beverly Hills, Encino, Glendale and Irvine.

Does my age matter?
Venefit has been used to treat men and women of all ages, so age alone isn't a determinant of whether or not Venefit is right for you. We'll use a comprehensive ultrasound examination and comprehensive consultation to decide if Venefit is the right treatment.

How effective is Venefit?
Large, international studies have shown Venefit to be 93% effective after 3 years.

What happens to the vein once it closes?
The vein will turn into fibrous tissue after treatment, eventually being fully absorbed by surrounding tissues.

Contact Your Beverly Hills, CA Cosmetic Skin Treatment Center

Treating varicose veins with Venefit therapy not only improves the cosmetic appearance of your legs, but can also prevent pain and other long-term complications. To find out if Venefit is right for you, please reach out to us at our contact page to schedule an appointment at one of our four offices.
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