About 30% of the population will experience varicose veins, yet so many people still think of varicose and spider veins as simply a cosmetic concern. The truth is that varicose veins are often a sign of an underlying medical condition called venous insufficiency. What this means is that those veins no longer work as they should and don’t allow proper blood flow. And while this ailment is quite common, it can be progressive and get slowly worse over time.
What are the Symptoms of Vein Disease?
One way to know if your vein disease is more than cosmetic is to look for signs like heaviness in the legs, aching, cramps and even swelling. As vein walls become weaker over time they can bulge and protrude from the skin. This increased pressure can also form spider veins on the surface of the skin. Want to find out if you have an underlying vein condition? Schedule a free evaluation at any Metro Vein Center near you.
What to Expect from Your Visit
At your complimentary evaluation, you’ll meet with a board-certified physician to discuss your symptoms and examine your legs. The physician will then most likely order an ultrasound to observe the flow of your veins. This helps to determine the best treatment plan for you.
How Do You Treat Varicose Veins?
The good news is that vein treatment has seen significant advances in recent years and is also minimally invasive. Most patients are treated in an office and out within one hour. Depending on your condition, there are several types of treatment we might prescribe. These can include a combination of laser, radio frequency, ultrasound guided treatments and Varithena® – which is a revolutionary treatment that uses microfoam injections.
Regardless of your treatment, the result is the elimination of unhealthy veins. That means that blood gets automatically rerouted to the remaining healthy veins. And the best part is that all treatments are virtually pain free and have little recovery time. In fact, most patients can return to work and their regular activities the same day.
How to Care for Your Legs After Treatment
In order to ensure you get the most from your treatment and preserve your healthy legs, we’ll recommend a few things post-treatment.
- Walkabout: Even though you should refrain from rigorous activity for the first 7-10 days, walking is recommended. This literally gets the blood flowing in your legs and sets you up to remain active hereafter.
- Invest in Stock(ings): We also recommend getting compression stockings (your Doctor will suggest the right pair for you), as they reduce soreness and inflammation while also helping increase circulation.
Stop hiding your legs and living with pain or discomfort. Your vein condition is most likely treatable with a pain-free procedure. You deserve healthy legs. We can help.