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What is EVLA Vein Treatment?

Varicose veins are more than a cosmetic issue. They can indicate underlying venous insufficiency that requires treatment from an experienced, board-certified vein specialist. Dr. Craig Schwartz at Premier Vein and Body by Schwartz performs Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) to correct varicose veins.  

What is EVLA Vein Treatment?

After a patient is diagnosed with venous insufficiency, the EVLA treatment uses laser energy to close off the diseased Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) that runs from the groin to the ankle, deep within the venous system, thus redirecting blood flow to healthier veins. Varicose veins, the blue or purple bulging veins many people experience on their legs, stem from the patient having venous insufficiency within the GSV, the longest vein in the body. The presence of venous insufficiency within this vein means that it (and its supporting veins) has lost its ability to keep blood flowing back to the heart, with the blood, instead, pooling in the veins, causing them to expand. EVLA restores normal blood flow by closing the diseased vein so that the blood flow can be routed through healthier veins in the system

Dr. Schwartz uses the TVS 1470nm laser for endovenous laser ablations. This powerful but precise laser damages the inside of the diseased vein with thermal energy, causing no harm to the surrounding tissue, thus leaving no marks or scars. The treated vein will fibrose, shrink down and collapse, and the blood running through the venous system finds other, more functional pathways back to the heart. The treated veins will fade away over time for beautiful cosmetic results. EVLA is safe, effective, and considered the best treatment for varicose veins and their underlying causes

Before & After Photo Gallery

*Individual Results May Vary

Real Patients. Real Results. View before & after images of vein and cosmetic procedures in our photo gallery.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

A number of factors can affect the development of varicose veins, with the most common being heredity or family history.  People whose immediate family members have varicose veins will likely develop them as well. Women are also more likely to develop them due to hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy and menopause. While heredity and hormones both play a strong role in the development of varicose veins, you can avoid other factors that contribute to their development, including:

  • Prolonged periods of standing or sitting without breaks 
  • Obesity and other health concerns
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking

Even if you develop varicose veins, Dr. Schwartz can quickly and efficiently eliminate the problem before it becomes serious while restoring your smooth, healthier-looking legs. He will perform an ultrasound examination if you present with symptoms of vein disease during your consultation, which will determine if underlying vein disease is the source of your varicose veins, and will provide you with a personalized treatment plan that will address both the medical and cosmetic concerns. 

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at (913) 451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

What is EVLA Vein Treatment Like?

While undergoing an EVLA vein treatment, Dr. Schwartz inserts a tiny cannula through a needle stick, into the diseased vein, which will deliver precise pulses of thermal energy via a laser fiber.  Local anesthesia will ensure that you will not experience any pain.  Treatment takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your specific treatment plan. Dr. Schwartz has performed over 12,000 vein treatments and provides the most effective laser treatment available to address vein disease in the Kansas City metro area.  

 Is There Any Downtime With EVLA Vein Treatment?

You will wear a compression wrap for the first 36 hours after your procedure. During that time, we recommend limiting yourself to light activities only. After that time, most people can return to work and other typical activities. You can usually resume exercise within a week. Bruising is variable, but if present, generally fades in one or two weeks. Resuming normal physical activity will promote healthy blood flow and help redirect the blood through its healthier route. 

What Results Will I See With EVLA Treatment? 

Post-treatment, patients will notice their varicose veins will decompress, and become flatter and less pigmented over time. Symptoms, such as swelling, heaviness, itching, or aching will also improve. As one of the premier vein doctors in the Kansas City area, Dr. Schwartz has the experience and skill to achieve consistently superior results. He will help you understand what results you will see and how long they will take to develop. Once the source of varicose veins have been treated, they will not recur.   

This case study provides details of one person’s experience and results with EVLA. Dr. Schwartz used EVLA to treat the venous insufficiency causing a patient’s uncomfortable vein irritation and superficial blood clots. 

Am I a Good Candidate for EVLA Vein Treatment?

If you have varicose veins or related symptoms, a consultation should be scheduled with Dr. Schwartz as soon as possible. Varicose veins are a symptom of venous insufficiency, which will never go away or improve on its own and will typically get worse if left untreated. Most people with varicose veins are good candidates for EVLA treatment, and treatment is covered by almost all insurance plans. As a highly effective treatment with minimal downtime, EVLA is the gold standard treatment for venous insufficiency and related varicose veins. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about EVLA, please call us at (913) 451-8346 or complete our online contact form, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you. Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO, and proudly serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content in this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If anyone has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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