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Finally Getting These Veins Fixed... - Scottsdale, AZ

Before having my lower body lift my Plastic...

Before having my lower body lift my Plastic Surgeon wanted me to have my veins taken care of so this next week I am going to a clinic to have them checked and to have vein ablation done. These are secondary veins that have exploded due to the main veins being stripped some 20 years earlier. Turns out when you have that done most likely the secondary veins end up bulging. So I am excited, the thought that some day I will have legs that can be seen is exciting. Never in my adult life have I worn shorts or showed my legs. I will take pictures and update after my apt,

First treament today

I have my first set of injections, not sure what they are injecting, the Dr. said it was a "detergent of sorts" he said he doesn't use saline, as he doesn't like the results. If this doesn't cause the veins to go down then we have to do the laser rod treatment...so hoping this works...He did the left leg and we will wait 2 weeks and on Jan 24 I will have my other leg done...I have a gauze bandage on my entire leg and then tomorrow I will start wearing the support hose...They look like granny hose....lol

Having to wear a skirt

Oh no...these granny hose are so tight they push all my gushy skin to the top of my thighs and they spill over the hose. Not a good look and even worse with pants on! So for the next several weeks I will have to hide them in skirts...ugh Can't wait to get rid of this extra skin!!!!

One week out

Personally I can't see any difference I was told to wear the stockings for 10 days so I will continue, I go back 2/24 and they will try the other leg. Surgeon has assured me he will get rid the veins one way or another so I may need the ablation done....it's a long process I guess

Treatment coming aong

Had second treatment, seems the first treatment has closed down the first veins that were done, so the rest of them on the left leg was done. Next week I go back to start on the right leg...

It's a process

Third session today, the right leg was started with two bigger veins treated, I will be back in a week to make sure they closed and then we will start on treating the cosmetic side of getting rid of what is left after the vein is closed...They are looking better but I sure can't wait until they are gone from view!

All most done...

Done with the closing of the bulging veins that is, then it's on to the cosmetic portion of getting rid of the visual remints of them...Not sure how much more I can get down before I leave on my trip as I need at least a week before for healing before I fly...it's only a hour trip to LAX and I will be wearing my support hose...

Final treatment for a while....

Thank God for that, today was a little hard and somewhat painful, a lot of work was done. Now I have 3 weeks to get all the bruises and swelling to go down before I leave on my big trip. I will go back on May 6 for a follow up treatment. Can't wait to see what my legs are going to look like once they heal...
Scottsdale Vein Clinic Dr. Gonzalez

I really liked Dr. Gonzalez, my vascular surgeon. Felt like he understood how to treat my veins and seems very confident.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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Good luck! Sounds like it's working well
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This time it was a lot more painful than the first leg, and by last night it looked like I had a grapefruit under the skin on my outer thigh, wearing by support hose...
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Leg number two tomorrow....
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Good luck!! Hope it goes as well as the first!
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Great! I'm happy it's working for you! Do the treatments hurt?
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It doesn't hurt at all, feels like a little prick. Then those stockings again for 10 days....next Tues they start on the other leg. He says he should be all done by the time I leave on my big trip...so that's good. Just wish I had the thigh lift done to go with it. Will have to find out from you if you still recommend doing the thigh lift with the LBL at the same time. Presently I am leaning that way....
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Good to hear! If your thighs need debulking first, I'd have lipo done now and then thigh lift and body lift together
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okay so that's better than doing it all together? The lipo I mean? Yes hubby wants me to get it all done together...
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Here's what I found out from my PS. When you do a lift and lipo, you can't lipo right near the incisions as they need strong, non-compromised tissue for the sewing. Wish I'd known this before. Although I didn't have heavy lipo, I think I needed more fot the inner thigh and more in the back. If I'd had that done first and healed before thigh lift, maybe I wouldn't have those fat pockets I despise.
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That is a great tip/info, redwinelover.  Do you have that info in your review?  You should!
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I was told 6 month wait if you have lipo done, I am trying to diet it away but who knows, I may have to have lipo first when I get back from by trip and then wait 6 more months...ugh...
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I think I'll verify it with my doc again just to be sure this is the case. You know how percocets can affect the way the mind processes information! hahahaha. But I'm pretty sure that's what he said. I'll see him Tues. and ask.
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IF the information I have is correct (I'll verify with PS next week), then it really would be in your best interest to do it that way. You'd get the best results.
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I know...after some seeing bad results, I don't want to take any chances...
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I know what you mean! I bought a couple of pairs of support stockings in case my PS won't put me in a full body compression garment right away. I went by the measurements and the thigh fat and skin over the top was SO gross! I ended up ordering two sizes larger just to avoid the fat fluffing over the tops of them. I figured with lipo and thigh lift surgery, I really don't want any bulges on them, but hopefully they'll still give me enough compression. Can you wear spanx over the stockings? Wonder if that would smooth out the bulge enough to wear pants. Man, the indignities we go through! lol.. Take care! Still hoping to get a couple hours next week to meet up with you somewhere.
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I was wondering that too about the spanx. Right now I am just wearing skirts to hide it. At this point I don't see any change, I think I am going to need to have them burned out...The surgeon said one way or another he is going to get rid of them...
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Right???!!!! Hope treatment works have a good size one on right front shin... Did it hurt?
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I hope it works for you!! Any pain with the procedure?
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Good luck to you with your procedure! Let us know how it goes, okay? Sure hope your ablation is completely different than mine was! ;)
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Does that hurt lol
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No pain, I like the fact the leg is all wrapped up, just like with my PS's I don't want to see anything...
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What are you planning to have done?
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I need an ablation I think it's called, They changed my appt to this Thursday, I will have a ultra sound on my legs and they will determine what is needed then. The ablation is where they stick a probe in the vein and zap it. My PS wants my legs done before he does his surgery. My legs are the worst I have ever seen, I will take some pictures and post before and afters...hopefully, some times insurance makes you want 6 months wearing support hose, which is a total waste of time.
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Good luck! I had EVLT three times and I did not see any changes or results. It was a waste of time for me. Anyway, I will be seeing my dermatologist today and will inquire about Sclerotherapy treatment. It is used to eliminate varicose and spider veins. I heard once the veins are gone they never returned. This is what I would like done. I will keep you posted.
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