How To Prevent Varicose Veins

Varicose veins: bulging, twisted, discolored, and undeniably unpleasant. Small, colorful spider veins are not much better. These two forms of vein disease can make it difficult to wear the clothes you want without embarrassment, negatively impacting your self worth and quality of life. Varicose veins can lead to serious complication as well, making them a health issue as much as an aesthetic one. At the Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center, we understand the impact that varicose veins and spider veins have on your life, so we are happy to offer a number of effective ways to eliminate these problems.

What can New Jersey residents do to eliminate varicose veins?

Many of today’s varicose and spider vein treatments are considered minimally invasive. They do not require surgical incisions, general anesthesia, or lengthy recovery times. Instead, a spider vein specialist can eliminate a diseased vein merely with the insertion of a small needle or catheter.

In many cases, varicose veins are caused by pressure from venous insufficiency, a condition where your veins are unable to effectively move blood out of the leg. Instead of being transported towards the heart, the blood succumbs to gravity, flowing backwards and pooling in the vein below. This causes the twisted, bulging effect that is the hallmark of varicose veins. One method of addressing this problem is sealing off the problematic vein through Endovenous Laser Treatment.

Endovenous Laser Treatment (or EVLT) uses heat energy to close off a diseased vein. During this procedure, a laser specialist inserts a tiny catheter into the problematic vessel. Inside the catheter is a heat-producing laser. Your doctor will carefully apply heat to the vein, sealing the walls and relieving the pressure.

EVLT is sometimes accompanied by microphlebectomy, another form of minimally invasive vein treatment. Microphlebectomy is used to remove clusters of varicose veins, potentially giving you a better outcome than a vein closure procedure alone. During this procedure, your doctor will make eight to ten very small punctures in the skin surrounding the veins. The vessels are removed through these incisions, eliminating the veins altogether.

Small, fine spider veins that appear close to the skin’s surface can be treated with a different procedure: sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy works through the insertion of a very small, thin needle into the diseased vein. The needle delivers a chemical agent that causes the vein walls to swell and seal shut, eliminating the vein’s appearance. It may take a few sessions to remove the veins completely, but at the end of treatment most patients are very pleased with the results.

Is eliminating varicose veins painful?

Contemplating these forms of vein treatment may make you worried about the discomfort or hassle associated with the process. Fortunately, most forms of minimally invasive treatment are virtually pain free. Your doctor will treat the affected area with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins, allowing you to enjoy little to no discomfort. Your recovery period will be equally comfortable. Instead of the lengthy hospital stays associated with older methods of varicose vein treatment, today’s methods allow you to return to your daily life with little disruption.

Finding a spider vein center you can trust is one of the first steps to eliminating varicose veins. We invite you to get in touch with our vein center to learn more about what Dr. Ahmad and the rest of our staff can do for you. We have the skills and experience you need to eliminate varicosities while still providing the personal service you deserve. If you have any questions about how our center can help, please get in touch with our Hamilton Square, NJ office. We look forward to hearing from you!

Author
Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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