Do Varicose Vein Creams and Vitamins Work?

Varicose veins are a relatively common condition, one that has sparked countless discussions and numerous marketing efforts. If you’re wondering whether the vitamins and creams are worth the investment, we’ll look at what these products and natural compounds do and if there are more effective options available.

Why Creams Don’t Work for Varicose Veins

There’s no end to ointments and creams that promise an end to varicose veins. However, these topical creams can’t effectively treat the blood that’s pooling underneath the skin, no matter what they claim. When the real problem is a weakened valve, your body needs something more than the anti-inflammatory properties of a cream. The ingredients may help reduce the appearance of the vein, but can’t do anything for the concentrated blood behind the discoloration of the skin.

Vitamins Only Improve Varicose Vein Symptoms, Not Eliminate Them

Nutrient-rich vitamins are always a smart idea for your body. Taking them may help you boost your immune system and help your body fight the aging process. Unfortunately, they can’t eliminate varicose veins. Vitamins B6, B12, C, and E can all help you strengthen the walls of your blood vessels and potentially even prevent new varicose veins from forming, but you’ll need more than vitamins to cure varicose veins. So whether you’re considering pills or a diet change, the reality is that you need medical attention if you want to go the whole nine yards.

Treatments for Varicose Veins

If you want a treatment that will work on your varicose veins, consider the following procedures:
  • ClosureFast™: Uses ultrasound to position a catheter in the vein and shrink its walls using heat. After the vein is closed, blood can move to healthier veins.
  • VenaSeal: Uses an adhesive to close off damaged blood vessels. Like ClosureFast™, it starts with a catheter made possible by ultrasound. The adhesive is delivered in small amounts followed by gentle pressure to ensure that the vein closes.
  • Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy: A special kind of foam can be injected into the veins to displace the blood. This treatment is recommended for small- or medium-sized veins, but unlikely to be effective on larger veins.
  • Laser ablation: This process cauterizes the saphenous vein, the longest vein in the entire body. As one of the most common causes of varicose veins, this process can ensure better circulation and may even improve your overall health by reducing the odds of blood clos.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy: Instead of cauterizing or closing veins, a phlebectomy will remove veins entirely from the body. (This process can be done with either symptomatic or nonsymptomatic veins.)
The number of treatment options for varicose veins makes it possible to treat nearly any patient with any condition. Regardless of which one you choose though, all treatments are designed to both reduce the visible evidence of varicose veins and promote circulatory health. Be aware though that even the most effective procedures can’t guarantee that your varicose veins will never return.

Desert Vein’s Exceptional Practice

Vein procedures in Las Vegas Nevada were once complex and invasive. Today, you can find treatment options that go far beyond creams, pills, and vitamins. If you’re tired of the blemishes on your skin or concerned more serious conditions like deep-vein thrombosis, we can help.  At Desert Vein Institute, we can help you find a treatment that works for you. We encourage you to learn more about our vein treatment options or meet our vein physicians in Las Vegas.

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