There are many things that can aid with the treatment of varicose veins, reducing their appearance and relieving some of the symptoms. You may have heard of varicose vein creams or gels that can aid the treatment of varicose veins, but do they work and would they be right for you?
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are veins predominantly in the legs and feet that fail to do their job properly due to becoming weak or damaged. As gravity cannot aid the blood flow back to the heart from the legs and feet when standing or sitting, the veins have to work harder to ensure the blood flows the correct way. With increased pressure, the valves within the veins which normally close to prevent backflow may become weakened and not be able to hold this blood, causing varicose veins.
Why Are Varicose Veins So Prevalent in Modern Society?
In modern day society with ever-increasing technology and transport, we have become more sedentary. To reduce the risk of varicose veins we need to be a healthy weight and have regular exercise. With computers taking over jobs, people are sat for long periods of time, our legs aren’t getting the muscle tone they need to aid blood flow and take pressure off the veins. High heels and weight lifting will increase the risk of varicose veins.
Do Topical Creams Work?
Firstly, creams will not get rid of your varicose veins. They cannot directly treat the cause of the problem as this is under the skin. They are made to relieve symptoms and reduce the color and size of the veins against the skin. They are mostly offered when varicose veins are asymptomatic (they are not causing any symptoms) but the sufferer wants to treat them for cosmetic reasons. Creams can also be used post-treatment, such as after varicose vein surgery. The creams will not work solely, but they can work alongside other treatments.
Most varicose vein creams contain Vitamin K, which will improve the appearance with lasting use. Eventually, if treatment with the cream stops, the vein will reappear. They do provide benefits such as firming and hydrating the affected skin, however.
If you are unsure about whether a topical cream is the best option for your varicose veins or you would like to try another treatment, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best varicose vein doctor in NYC.