Varicose veins cause discomfort every day for millions of otherwise healthy people. According to the medical journal Circulation, 23 percent of U.S. adults suffer from this condition. If you include all the people who have more superficial vein problems such as spider veins and reticular veins, the percentage rises to 80 percent of men and 85 percent of women. While problem veins always present a cosmetic issue, making people feel self-conscious about their appearance, the underlying circulation issues can lead to significant medical complications. The journal article notes that over 2 million men and women will develop symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, including open sores (“ulceration”) at the site of the varicose veins.
Effective Vein Treatments are Available
Before the invention of non-invasive varicose vein treatment, people were forced to choose between simply ignoring the problem or having difficult “vein stripping” surgery. Many people avoided the expensive and complex surgical solution, choosing to live for years with the aching, throbbing sensations and the risk of further circulation problems. With today’s office procedures for treating varicose veins, a vein doctor can effectively remove the source of this problem and permanently ease your discomfort and worry. Here are how these new treatment options work:
The Mayo Clinic notes that sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for spider veins, where the problem lies close to the surface of the skin and is easy for the vein doctor to see. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a special foam solution directly into the vein. The solution blocks the vein entirely, causing your body to develop an entirely new route for carrying the blood to that area. Within a few weeks, the blocked veins disintegrate and disappear.
Transdermal Laser Therapy
Using light rays alone, this type of therapy uses a pulsed laser to target problem veins close to the skin’s surface. By simply shining this special therapeutic laser on the area, your vascular surgeon causes the small spider veins to close up. Once they are no longer carrying blood, these veins are reabsorbed by the body and disappear from view within several weeks.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Larger varicose veins are often located deeper within the body, and they can’t be seen with the unaided eye. For these situations, the vein doctor uses endovenous laser treatment, visually guided by sophisticated real-time ultrasound imaging. After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, the doctor inserts a tiny laser fiber directly into the problem vein. Pulses of laser light cause problem veins to close down, and your body begins the process of growing healthy new veins to circulate new blood. The swollen problem areas resolve themselves naturally within the following weeks.
You don’t have to suffer from varicose veins any longer. Non-invasive varicose vein treatment can start you on the road to comfort and peace of mind today.