Do you avoid wearing shorts or skirts due to the unsightly, bulging varicose veins in your legs? If so, you aren’t alone – it is estimated that nearly 60% of men and women have to deal with this condition. Keep reading if you want to know more about this problem, and what you can do to finally get rid of them.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are large, bulging veins that are caused by weakened valves or walls in the veins that carry blood from the legs back to the heart and lungs. For the most part, this condition is not dangerous, but it can lead to aching, burning, cramping, itching, swelling or even sores. While heredity is a major factor in causing varicose veins, those who lead a sedentary lifestyle, are overweight, or who stand for long periods can all develop the problem. Additionally, some pregnant women may have them.
The problem is caused by poor circulation in most people, which can often be helped with compression stockings, exercise, and losing weight. If these lifestyle changes aren’t effective, more invasive treatments are necessary to eliminate them.
Most people have their varicose veins treated to improve their appearance, help with any symptoms that may be present, or to avoid complications. This means that in many cases, your PPO insurance will cover the cost of treatment once other, non-invasive methods have not been successful. There are a variety of treatment options available, but the following are the most commonly used.
This procedure involves a liquid being injected into the veins that need treatment. The liquid will cause the inside of the vein to become irritated and scarred, which will make it close up and fade away. This option typically requires multiple treatments, spaced out over four to six weeks. After treatment, you may have to wear compression stockings, or your doctor may wrap your legs in bandages to keep swelling to a minimum, and speed healing.
This is the least invasive option, but it is reserved for smaller varicose veins. A handheld laser is passed over the skin above the vein. The laser causes the blood to thicken, which will lead to the vein being absorbed into the body.
This treatment is similar to sclerotherapy, but is used for very small varicose veins. A smaller amount of liquid is injected to cause the vein to disappear.
There are also surgical treatment options that are handled in a doctor’s office. These all require small cuts in the skin that may or may not require anesthesia:
>> Endovenous Ablation – Lasers are used through cuts in the skin to heat the veins so that they close.
>> Endoscopic Vein Surgery – A camera with a surgical device attached is run through cuts in the skin and inside the veins to close them. This option is typically used when the varicose veins cause ulcerations in the skin.
>> Ambulatory Phlebectomy – This procedure is used to remove smaller varicose veins through cuts in the skin.
>> Ligation and Stripping – This option is for only the most severe cases, and involves the veins being tied off and removed through cuts in the skin.
Most of these treatments allow you to return to work immediately.
We will work with you to determine the best approach to treatment so you can regain your confidence, and eliminate any discomfort you may be experiencing. If you are ready to have your varicose veins removed so you can have smoother skin, contact us today for a free consultation at 714-832-2222.