Varicose veins can make you embarrassed to wear shorts or mini skirts. You might not be able to remember the last time your legs got to see the sun. You don’t have to keep your legs under wraps, though. There are a number of effective varicose vein treatment options available, which will help eliminate those unsightly, bulging veins for good. Which treatment option is the best? Well, that all depends.
The Best Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Lifestyle changes might not be the best treatment option for everyone, but if your veins are little more than a cosmetic concern, then making a few changes to your habits and overall lifestyle might be the ideal varicose vein treatment for you. Lifestyle changes can include losing weight if you are carrying extra pounds, getting more exercise or moving more to improve blood flow in the legs, and wearing compression stockings to put gentle, upward pressure on the veins.
If your varicose veins are on the small side, or if your main issue is spider veins, sclerotherapy is likely the best treatment option for you. During sclerotherapy, your vein doctor will inject the problem veins with a chemical solution. That solution causes the veins to collapse, so that they eventually fade from veiw. It often takes a few weeks before you can see the full results from the treatment. Some people need more than one treatment before they get the results they’d like.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
According to a 2014 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, endovenous lasers are the best way to treat varicose veins. The study looked at nearly 800 patients who received treatment for varicose veins at a number of different clinics. The patients received treatments including lasers, surgical removal of the veins, and injections of foam. According to the study, the patients who had a laser treatment had a limited amount of downtime and more visible results than the patients who received other treatments.
Endovenous laser treatment typically takes less than an hour to perform. Since it is minimally invasive, you won’t have as much downtime as you would after surgery. The study also found that laser treatments led to fewer complications compared to other treatments.
Varicose veins located near the surface of the skin are often best treated with an outpatient procedure called ambulatory phlebectomy. During this treatment, the surgeon makes very small incisions in the skin, then removes the bulging vein through the incisions. It’s also possible to combine ambulatory phlebectomy with laser treatments to get the best results.
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Metro Vein Centers is a national leader in the treatment of varicose and spider veins with locations in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Texas. Our Chief Medical Officer (Dr. Mason Mandy in our Manhattan) leads our team to develop and state at the cutting edge of varicose and spider vein treatments. The right treatment option for you will depend on the doctors’ evaluation after your ultrasound study, so schedule your free evaluation today and take the first step towards healthy legs!