Nobody Likes Varicose Veins, Here’s How to Get Rid of Them
Whether you want to improve your appearance, manage any discomfort or just get to the bottom of any underlying issues, it’s important to know that there are options for treating varicose veins. However, it’s just as important to note that none of these options can be carried out by yourself — they require professional medical treatment. In this post, we’ll discuss why only proven medical procedures can effectively treat varicose veins. We’ll also discuss what some of those medical treatments are. Here’s a closer look:
Unfortunately, Only Medical Treatment Are Effective
Browse the internet these days, and you’ll find anything — including so-called home “cures” for varicose veins. We’ve heard them all, from putting tomato slices on affected areas to how massaging the area around the vein can remove them. While it’s true that gently massaging areas around your varicose veins can help relieve any pain or discomfort, the only thing that can truly eliminate varicose veins is professional treatment from a vein specialist.
Slowing The Growth of Varicose Veins
While you can’t cure or eliminate varicose veins with any magic home remedy, there are things that you can do to slow their growth or ease any discomfort that is caused by their presence. In fact, the best thing you can do is change your lifestyle so that you’re more active. Vein disease is more likely to impact people that live a more rudimentary lifestyle. It’s why staying active and getting plenty of exercise is ideal for preventing the onset of varicose veins and for managing any pain or discomfort that existing veins may be causing. Staying active ensures healthy blood circulation and also helps prevent weight gain, which can put excess stress on the lower extremities.
Types of Treatments for Varicose Veins
So what are some treatments and procedures for removing varicose veins? There are several effective, minimally-invasive procedures that a vein specialist may use, although the procedure administered will likely depend on the size of the vein. Here’s a look at some of the common treatments that are performed:
- Laser treatment: Also known as ablation, laser treatments are ideal for smaller varicose veins. They work by scaring and eliminating the varicose veins, redirecting blood flow to surrounding, healthy veins.
- Sclerotherapy: One of the most popular treatments for small to medium-sized varicose veins, this procedure involves making small incisions in areas in and around the varicose vein and then injecting a chemical or foam agent into these spaces. This causes the vein to close over time.
- Vein stripping: Ideal for larger veins, there are several procedures where small incisions are made into areas in and around the vein. Some procedures, like ligation, work to tie the vein off, while others, such as phlebectomy, actually remove the vein from the body.
Contact Us at Vein & Vascular
For more information and to meet our vein physicians in Vineland, Voorhees, Sewell and Lumberton, New Jersey, contact Vein & Vascular today. Schedule a consult with us and we’ll be more than happy to advise you on the best procedure to eliminate your varicose veins.