Varicose veins are bothersome for many, and can even be painful. Even though they may not pose a serious health risk at first, they can develop into several big problems if they are not treated early. Surgery is no longer the standard treatment for removing varicose veins. There are minimally invasive treatments such a laser vein removal that are very effective.
How Does Laser Vein Removal Work
There are two types of laser vein removal. One is recommended for spider veins, the tiny bluish-purple veins that may appear on the face or legs and is administered to the surface of the skin. The other is endovenous and is administered inside the varicose vein through a tiny catheter.
In both treatments, the blood inside the affected vein is coagulated and the vein wall damaged. This causes the vein to close and no longer carry blood. The blood naturally flows through the other healthy veins. Once the vein is destroyed, it will gradually be absorbed by the surrounding tissue and eliminated from the body. Laser vein removal is done in our offices and may take about 30 minutes depending on the number and size of the veins being treated.
What To Expect
During your consultation with our specialist, your spider or varicose veins will be examined and a course of treatment may be recommended. If you are a good candidate for laser vein removal you will be given instructions to follow before and after the treatment. These may include staying away from direct sunlight, avoiding anti-inflammatory medications and stop smoking, if you smoke.
After the procedure, you may be asked to wear compression stockings for a few days and to walk for a few minutes every day to help the muscles keep the blood flowing through the healthy veins.
How To Prevent Varicose Veins
Once your varicose veins and spider veins are removed, they will not return. However, if you have a lifestyle that promotes unhealthy veins, other veins may become damaged. Genetics is the main cause of varicose veins, so if your parents have them, you may too. You may help prevent them from developing if you follow a few lifestyle changes.
You should not sit or stand for long periods. If your work requires you to sit or stand, you should make it a point to sit with your feet raised several times throughout the day if you need to stand, and for long hours of sitting, you should get up every hour and walk around for 10 minutes.
With minimally invasive laser vein removal, you don’t need to have surgery to remove your varicose veins.