UNC Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Clinic

If you or your child has a prominent birthmark or unusual cluster of blood vessels on the skin, consider the UNC Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Clinic. It’s home to the only area clinic that regularly brings together specialists from 14 adult and pediatric medical departments to care for these conditions.

Vein Care

Find the latest noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments for veins from UNC REX Healthcare’s vascular specialists. No matter how minor or serious your concern, you’ll get personalized, high-quality services from a caring expert.

Vein Conditions We Treat

Ask us for a diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of vein-related conditions, including:

  • Blood clots – Thickened masses of blood that can cause pain, swelling (edema) and redness
    • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – Blood clot in a leg or pelvic area
    • Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis – Vein inflammation that can be caused by a blood clot
  • Cherry and spider angiomas – Small groups of red blood vessels that look like a spider web or red spot and commonly appear on the face
  • Hemangiomas – A swollen, red mass of extra blood vessels that appears most often in early childhood
  • Neovascularization – Formation of extra blood vessels, especially in the eye
  • Port wine stain – Dark red spot that appears most often on the face, neck, scalp, arms or legs
  • Rosacea – Redness on the face, neck, chest, scalp or ears that sometimes includes bumps or pimples and is most common after age 30
  • Spider veins – Small veins that look like a web under the skin and usually appear on legs, ankles or the face
  • Telangiectasia – A cluster of tiny, red, widened blood vessels near the surface of the skin, especially the face
  • Varicose veins – Bulging, twisted veins that show up most often on legs and may cause pain
  • Venous insufficiency – Damage that makes blood pool in the veins and can cause leg ulcers and restless leg syndrome
  • Venous lake – Small, raised, blue or purple soft spot that appears more often with age and affects the lips, ears or face
  • Wounds – Sores and ulcers that don’t heal because of poor circulation

Varicose Vein Treatment

Take advantage of minimally invasive and noninvasive vein treatments such as:
• Endovenous laser ablation – Closes problem veins through bursts of intense light using low-risk technology that minimizes treatment time. Cost is $200 per 15 minutes.
• Radiofrequency ablation – Sends heat into varicose veins to eliminate them.
• Sclerotherapy – Injects saline into varicose veins so they disappear.

In some cases, a doctor may recommend a surgical procedure such as vein stripping or phlebectomy to remove or tie off varicose veins and reroute blood through healthier veins.

Venous Obstruction Care

If a blood clot or scarring blocks blood flow through a vein, your doctor may recommend venous disease treatment, such as medication, bypass surgery or complex venous reconstruction.

Skin Care

In addition to getting vein treatment, improve your skin’s appearance by taking advantage of laser therapy for skin conditions through UNC REX Healthcare.

In-Network Insurance Plans

REX Surgical Specialists and REX Vascular Specialists accept insurance from these providers:

  • Aetna
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Doctors Direct
  • First Health/Coventry
  • Great West
  • Humana Alignment
  • Humana Choice Care
  • MDI Healthcare Solutions
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare-Railroad
  • Medcost
  • Multiplan
  • OneNet PPO (Mamsi/Alliance)
  • Primary PhysicianCare
  • Prime Health Services
  • Southeast Community Care
  • Tricare/Champus (non-network)
  • United Healthcare
  • WellPath/Coventry

Check with your provider to verify that your plan covers vein treatment.

Request Your Consultation 

Call the location nearest you to schedule a personalized, in-depth vein care consultation.

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