Varicose veins are most common in the superficial veins of the legs and they may cause swelling, aching, and pain. There are different ways to treat varicose veins, such as: lifestyle changes, laser therapy and sclerotherapy.
Below are 3 ways to treat varicose veins:
If treatment is necessary, your doctor may first recommend up to six months of self care at home, including:
– using compression stockings
– taking regular exercise
– avoiding standing up for long periods
– elevating the affected area when resting Source: NHS
Laser therapy is another alternative medical procedure that also can be performed in your physician’s office. It is sometimes used as a complement to sclerotherapy in order to maximize results. It is most effective for spider veins and tiny varicose veins. For those individuals who do not like needles, this provides an alternative option, though your physician will counsel you on which treatment modality is best given your particular situation. Laser therapy uses a focused beam of light that heats and damages the affected blood vessel, which eventually fades. Potential side effects include minor redness or swelling around the treated area, skin discoloration, blisters, and rarely scarring. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a recently developed treatment for spider veins. IPL delivers pulses of different bands of light to targeted areas. Source: MedicineNet
This is a painless saline injection treatment that collapses the vein so that it can then be reabsorbed back into the bloodstream. Navarro says he generally recommends sclerotherapy for small to medium varicose veins. Types of sclerotherapy for varicose vein treatment include:
– laser-assisted — the least invasive and most advanced
– foam sclerotherapy — for larger, more difficult-to-treat veins
– and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy — for large, deep veins that once required surgical treatment
The advantage of sclerotherapy is that it can eliminate varicose veins with no pain or downtime, Navarro says. The disadvantage is that the technique may not work for larger, more extensive varicose veins. You may also have to go back for follow-up treatments in order for your veins to completely disappear. Source: EverydayHealth
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