In recent years, doctors around the country have been trying to expand their practices by offering more services. For example, some general practitioners have started to dabble in non-invasive cosmetic enhancement, such as Botox injections or dermal fillers. Similarly, numerous family doctors have taken to providing treatment for circulatory issues, like varicose and spider veins.
For patients, the benefits of these new services are obvious. Why go to an unknown specialist to get these conditions treated when you can receive treatment from your trusted family physician? Unfortunately though, doctors providing services outside their sphere of expertise doesn't always end well. In fact, it can even cause serious complications.
Nowadays, there is a lot of money to be made in cosmetic treatments, which is why numerous physicians have expanded their practices to include them. In order to make this expansion, many of these physicians attend quick weekend conferences or week-long seminars to get a crash course in the latest treatments. But while spider and varicose veins may seem like cosmetic issues, they're really far more complicated.
Spider and varicose veins typically manifest as the result of an underlying circulatory issue, typically venous insufficiency. As you can imagine, the venous system is incredibly complex, filled with nuances that physicians spend years, if not decades, learning. And sadly, this kind of knowledge can't be absorbed in a matter of days at a medical conference.
So you might be asking yourself, what can go wrong when treating vein issues? The answer is a lot. For example, one of the most common treatments for varicose and spider veins is called sclerotherapy, wherein a caustic solution is injected into the veins. If this solution is misused, it can cause burning, scaring and fail to treat the affected veins. Similarly, botched laser treatments have left varicose and spider vein sufferers permanently scarred as well.
Given these potential complications, you can see the importance of having your vein issues treated by a qualified professional. As a general rule of thumb, you only want to trust dermatologists or phlebologists with administering varicose and spider vein treatments. Also, when seeking treatment, make sure you ask who is going to be performing the procedure. Oftentimes, med spas, for example, may have qualified MDs on staff, but they sometimes farm out procedures to lesser-qualified nurses or assistants.
Do your homework. And remember that venous insufficiency is a medical issue. Therefore you should only let qualified medical professionals provide you with treatment.
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