Varicose vein treatment can vary from simple lifestyle changes to actual surgery. Your doctor will have to determine that based on the severity of your varicose veins, particularly if there’s any clotting or pain involved. While losing weight, exercise and avoiding wearing tight clothing can make a difference in minor varicose vein issues, you have numerous treatments for severe cases that usually have very good outcomes.
Sclerotherapy and Microsclerotherapy are used as minor treatments in closing off the vein. In the former procedure, a surgeon places a chemical into the vein that closes it off to make it no longer visible on your arms or legs. Sclerotherapy can be done without even reclining, though needs repeating if your varicose veins are numerous.
Microsclerotherapy is essentially the same thing, except it’s for much smaller veins. This and sclerotherapy usually have very good results and might be considered a cosmetic procedure.
A laser form of sclertotherapy can also be done. By injecting the laser light into the vein, it helps it disappear from view. For slightly more complex cases, you might have endovenous ablation therapy done where a small incision is made near the vein to insert a catheter. Then radiowaves from a laser are used to heat the catheter so it closes off the vein. Both of these are done on an outpatient basis.
Of course, laser surgery always gives fantastic results. The main laser procedure also helps those who might be afraid of having incisions made.
Surgeries for More Severe Cases
You may need endoscopic vein surgery if your varicose veins are causing skin ulcers. Here, a camera is inserted into a vein with a device that closes the vein off so it again disappears. In other cases, it could be you’ll need an ambulatory phlebectomy that cuts directly into the skin to remove your affected veins.
The only procedure where you’ll have to be put to sleep for a while is through the process of vein stripping and ligation. The vein stripping part is the surgical closing off of the veins. The ligation half is more complex and involves the removal of your veins via tiny incisions. You might need a little time to recover from this procedure, despite recovery taking no more than four weeks.
Will You Need These Procedures Done Again?
Varicose veins typically return in those who have them. Nevertheless, the treatments are easy to recover from and easily repeatable. In the meantime, you doctor will likely ask you to refine your lifestyle as in the earlier-mentioned weight loss and exercise. You’ll also need to avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time, because this can also worsen your condition. Additionally in women, wearing heels for long periods of time can play a factor in making varicose veins worse.
Contact us if you need more information on varicose vein treatments. At Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic in Surrey, B.C., our Dr. Shah will provide you with the latest techniques that will help you deal with your varicose veins so they won’t become unsightly or a life burden.