6 Ways to Get Rid of Varicose and Spider Veins

girl wearing a white dressVaricose veins can be caused by a number of factors, but once you have them, it’s almost certain that the condition will get worse over time if left untreated. There are a variety of options for reducing the appearance of varicose and spider veins.

Compression stockings

Compression stockings are often the first line of treatment for varicose veins. By applying consistent pressure to the tissue in the legs, they improve circulation and can help keep varicose veins from getting worse over time. It’s generally recommended that compression stockings be worn during the day and removed before bed at night. They should also be replaced every 3 to 6 months to remain effective.

Surface laser treatment

This non-invasive form of laser vein treatment is best for smaller spider veins that are close to the surface of the skin. During the procedure, laser energy is used to heat and destroy spider veins. The treatment requires no downtime, but multiple sessions may be needed to achieve optimal results.

Radiofrequency treatment

This treatment involves making a small cut near the knee and inserting a small tube into the affected veins. A probe is then inserted through the tube. The probe uses radiofrequency (RF) to heat the varicose or spider veins until they collapse and are closed off. The procedure requires only local anesthesia – meaning you are awake during the treatment. You will usually be required to wear compression stockings for several days afterwards.

Sclerotherapy

With this varicose vein treatment, a local anesthetic is administered, and then a chemical is injected into the affected veins using guided ultrasound. The chemical scars the veins, which seals them closed. The procedure can take from 5 to 30 minutes in a doctor’s office, but multiple sessions may be needed to achieve more dramatic results. You will need to wear compression stockings for several days to several weeks after sclerotherapy, and you may need to refrain from strenuous activity for a few days.

Internal (endovenous) laser treatment

Also performed under local anesthesia and using ultrasound to enter the vein, this varicose vein treatment uses laser-generated heat to collapse and seal the vein. You may experience tightness and bruising after the procedure, but you can generally return to normal activities within a few days.

Surgery

For larger or more pronounced varicose veins, surgery may be recommended. Most varicose vein surgeries involve general anesthetic, so you’ll be unconscious during the procedure. Affected veins then undergo ligation (tying-off) and stripping (removal) through cuts made in the leg. You can usually go home on the same day of the procedure. In some cases, such as if you are having surgery on both legs, you may need to stay in the hospital overnight.

Take action against varicose veins and spider veins before they get worse. At Cadiz Laser Spa, we offer compression stockings in a variety of colors to help treat mild varicose veins. We also perform surface laser vein treatment to help you get rid of unsightly spider veins. Call us today and schedule an appointment!

 

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