Will my varicose veins ever go away, permanently? Here’s what you need to know about vein solutions.
To understand the truth about varicose veins and damaged vein removal, it’s important to first understand what exactly veins are.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Your veins have to work hard in order to help blood make the journey back up to your heart. When this pumping is impeded, blood pools and starts to gather in places, creating the bulging, raised veins we know as varicose veins. Because your legs carry the weight of everything in your body, most varicose vein issues arise in your lower extremities. This is why we specifically treat legs at our Metro Vein Centers offices.
Your Veins Work 24/7 to Pump Blood Back to Your Heart
Varicose veins are actually a valve problem in your veins. Within each vein that is pumping blood back toward your heart, tiny valves help regulate the flow of fluids up through your body. When those valves weaken—which can be due to a variety of factors including age, body weight, injury, genes, and more—the vein stops efficiently pumping blood. Imagine a traffic jam where cars are not only lined up, but veering into the shoulder trying to see what’s holding up traffic up ahead. This is essentially the chaos that’s happening in a damaged vein. And this is also how blood clots can occur.
Do Varicose Veins Go Away On Their Own?
With the exception of some pregnancy-induced veins, no, varicose veins will not go away by themselves. Varicose veins are not just an occasional hiccup, as you might get when feeling a stomach ache one day or waking up with your neck hurting from how you slept. Rather, without treatment, varicose veins are a pervasive issue—though they don’t have to wreak havoc on your life (or your legs!).
The exception: If you never had varicose veins until you were pregnant, there is a chance your veins will actually disappear. You can read more about pregnancy and varicose veins in this article on our blog. In essence, the weight of carrying a child, in combination with your body working overtime to pump blood, can bring about temporary varicose veins. Once you’ve given birth and pressure has gone back to normal, veins may naturally disappear within 2–12 months. A vein specialist can assess your veins and help you explore your options during this time.
Can I Treat Varicose Veins Naturally?
Despite what you may hear from internet research or friends, there is no effective treatment for varicose veins that is based on supplements, massage, fad diets, or lotions alone.
Because varicose veins are a medical condition, the only way to truly treat varicose veins is by consulting a vein doctor and understanding your treatment options. Varicose vein treatments at Metro Vein Centers range from injected foams that treat problem veins, to lasers, to complete vein removal, and more. Plus, Insurance covers most treatments.
Once I Get Varicose Vein Treatment, Will the Veins Come Back?
You may be wondering, “Will my varicose veins ever go away permanently?” Ultimately, it depends on you. When you commit to a comprehensive treatment plan with a vascular specialist, your varicose veins will likely never appear again because they will treat the underlying cause of the condition, not just the appearance.
Following vein treatment for the underlying condition (which can be over several weeks or months), your treated varicose veins will not come back. Once they are treated to the full satisfaction of you and your Metro Vein Centers doctor, the specific varicose veins will likely not appear again.
However, varicose veins occur due to many factors and having varicose veins in the first place means that you may be prone to develop more in the future. While we can eliminate specific veins, there’s a chance new problem veins will emerge in time.
1 in 3 Individuals will Suffer from Varicose Veins
30% of the population, at some point, will suffer from damaged valves that lead to varicose veins. The best way to combat them is to treat them as soon as possible, under the guidance of a vein expert.
Varicose vein issues may never permanently go away, but with our minimally invasive treatments, we have a near 100% success rate in fixing them for our patients—thereby keeping any major vein issues at bay. Cosmetically, we have many different treatments available. For problems that go deeper, we’ll safely get rid of the specific vein, but regular checkups may be needed after treatment to evaluate your ongoing vein health. Having a trusting relationship with your vein doctor can help your specialist note and treat issues proactively, should they arise.
“My experience at Metro Vein Centers has been very positive and professional, from reception and technicians to the doctor’s procedure. All the staff are friendly and helpful. There is little to no discomfort during the procedure and recuperation is virtually painless." - M.H., Metro Veins Centers New Jersey”
Are Varicose Veins Dangerous if I Don’t Get Treatment?
If you ignore raised, burning, achy, and painful varicose veins for years, you could be overlooking a serious health condition. In this article, we delve into why and when varicose veins can be dangerous, and what to do about it.
When you don’t take care of varicose veins, it can lead to deeper problems down the road: uncomfortable symptoms such as pain, burning, aching, and more; the possibility of a blood clot; or even a potentially fatal event such as a pulmonary embolism. The sooner you make an appointment with one of our vein doctors, the better. We’re here to help.
Trusted insight from the nationally accredited, board-certified vein doctors at Metro Vein Centers.