Varicose veins affect a lot of people. According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, up to 35 percent of people in the US have or will have varicose veins. Anyone can develop the veins, although there is a higher risk for developing them if they run in your family. Modern ways to get rid of varicose veins are considerably less invasive than procedures used most frequently in the past. If you would like to treat your veins, consider one or more of the following options.
What to Do to Get Rid of Varicose Veins
Wear Compression Stockings
Wearing compression stockings, which put gentle pressure on the legs to help the veins pump blood back to the heart, is often the first treatment people try. Compression stockings are also often recommended after a person receives another type of treatment, to help improving healing and speed up results. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, stockings might be the only type of treatment you need.
Although you can purchase compression stockings over the counter, you’ll get the most benefit from them if you get a pair that is custom fitted by a vein expert. A pair prescribed by a doctor will provide just the right amount of pressure to help improve circulation and improve your veins.
Seal the Veins Shut
While sclerotherapy causes the veins to collapse and fade away, Venaseal treats varicose veins by actually sealing them shut with an adhesive. The procedure involves injecting the veins with an adhesive and doesn’t require the use of tumescent anesthesia. After treatment, there is no need to wear compression stockings.
Treat the Veins with Radio-frequency Energy
Another way to treat varicose veins is to use radio-frequency energy to cause them to seal shut. During treatment with ClosureFast, the vein doctor inserts a catheter into the vein. Radio-frequency energy travels through the catheter to the vein, sealing it off. As with sclerotherapy and Venaseal, the sealed vein is eventually absorbed by the body and fades from view.
Treat the Veins with Lasers
Several laser treatments can effectively treat varicose veins. During the treatment, a laser beam is directed at the veins. The energy produced by the laser collapses and seals the veins, so that they fade away and get reabsorbed by the body.
After any sort of varicose vein treatment, the blood that would usually flow through the treated veins is readily directed to other veins in the legs. There’s no disruption in blood flow or circulation. To learn more about how you can get rid of varicose veins, contact the Desert Vein Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, today.