Varicose veins are a common affliction of both men and women, particularly in the middle to later years of life. In the past, eliminating those swollen vessels meant painful surgery and a long recovery process, which deterred many from seeking treatment for their condition. The good news is that surgical treatments are no longer used for varicose veins, giving patients much less invasive and painful treatment options. The staff at Advanced Vein & Vascular Center has a number of good reasons why you should treat your varicose veins today.
Varicose veins can become a significant cosmetic embarrassment as they grow larger and more visible. For some, those unsightly veins can impact the clothing they wear or the activities they participate in. If your varicose veins are affecting your self-confidence, treatment can eliminate them so you can feel better about your appearance. In most cases, the swollen veins disappear almost completely, so you can enjoy smoother, clearer legs you enjoy flaunting in shorts and bathing suits.
Varicose veins can be more than unattractive. For some sufferers, they can also become symptomatic. This means you could suffer physical discomfort with your varicose veins such as:
-Painful, aching legs
-Fatigued legs, especially at the end of the day
-Swelling in the lower legs, ankles and feet
-Skin irritation, itching and burning
-Leg cramping and restless legs
If you suffer from any or all of these symptoms, you will be happy to know that treating the veins also eliminates these symptoms. In fact, some patients experience relief from pain and discomfort almost immediately following treatment!
Treat Underlying Condition
Varicose veins are often caused by an underlying condition known as venous reflux or venous insufficiency. This condition occurs when certain veins of the lower leg become damaged over time. Small valves inside the damaged vessels no longer work properly, which allows blood to reflux back into the vessel instead of flowing in a single direction back to the heart. This reflux leads to weakening of the vessel, swelling and ultimately, varicosity.
By treating the varicose veins, you also treat the underlying condition causing them. Damaged vessels are eliminated, allowing blood to reroute through healthy veins nearby. This improves your venous circulation overall.
Prevent Future Complications
In many cases, varicose veins pose little more than a cosmetic nuisance. However, some of the swollen veins can worsen over time if left unchecked. The increased pressure inside the damaged vessels can lead to changes in the skin’s texture and color. These changes can become permanent over time. In addition, if the affected skin becomes nicked or cut, a large open sore known as a venous ulcer can develop. These sores can be very difficult to treat and have a high infection and recurrence rate.
Choose from Minimally-Invasive Treatment Options
There are many minimally-invasive treatment options for treating varicose veins today. State-of-the-art technology and proven injectable procedures allow you to say goodbye to those bulging vessels without putting a major crimp in your daily routine. Vein procedures are performed in our office on an outpatient basis and patients can usually return to work and other activities right away.
There are plenty of good reasons to seek treatment for your varicose veins today. Minimally-invasive procedures get rid of both the appearance of the veins and their painful symptoms. To learn more about treating varicose veins or to find out which vein treatment is right for you, contact Advanced Vein & Vascular Center at 610-200-6924.