What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins, the larger, more noticeable version of spider veins, are enlarged, twisted veins, usually found in the legs and feet. These varicose veins are caused by pressure from walking and standing on weakened veins and valves. Under normal conditions, blood flows in one way through veins thanks to valves that direct the flow and prevent blood from flowing upstream from the legs toward the heart. Valves that don’t function properly cause pressure to build up, and blood to collect in the feet and legs. As a result, the veins become larger, weak, and gnarled.
Are Varicose Veins Preventable?
There’s no way to prevent spider veins or varicose veins entirely. Much of the reason you might develop them has to do with your genetic makeup, along with your lifestyle—people who stand for long periods of time, such as at work, are more likely to get them. However, improved muscle tone and circulation can reduce your risk of for varicose veins, or developing new ones. You can exercise, eat a heart-healthy diet that’s low in salt and high in fiber, watch your weight, elevate your legs and avoid standing for hours on end, and avoid uncomfortable shoes—especially high heels—and tight-fitting hosiery to boost your chances of preventing spider veins and varicose veins.
How Can I Treat My Varicose Veins?
If you dread wearing shorts because of unsightly spider or varicose veins, you may be a great candidate for Sclerotherapy. Widely considered the treatment of choice due to its minimally invasive nature, Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, causing it to collapse and reroute blood to healthier veins. The body then reabsorbs the collapsed vein, eliminating its unsightly appearance.
Because Sclerotherapy is minimally invasive, it can be done at Precision MD in about 15 minutes to about an hour, depending on your needs. You will lie on your back with your legs slightly elevated. First, the treatment area is cleaned. Next, a very thin needle is inserted directly into the vein, and the solution is injected. You will experience mild discomfort during the procedure.
You will be able to walk normally after the procedure. In fact, it is important that you do so in order to prevent blood clots and maximize the effectiveness of the procedure. Most treated veins will disappear within a few weeks after treatment, although it can sometimes take longer, depending on the individual.
Varicose Vein Treatments at Precision MD
If you’re tired of having to hide your varicose veins, don’t wait out another summer. Visit Precision MD to explore your treatment options, like Sclerotherapy. Contact us for a free consultation.
*individual results may vary