Varicose veins cause no problems in many cases and may not need treatment, but some people may find them extremely painful or want them treated for cosmetic purposes. There are a few treatments that may be offered for varicose veins, which all have pros and cons.
There are many lifestyle changes that can prevent varicose veins from worsening and these are normally recommended if they are not causing any symptoms and are not seen as dangerous. These will not get rid of varicose veins. Therefore, they may not be the right treatment if you want rid of your varicose veins due to cosmetic reasons. Doing regular exercise, losing weight, and stopping smoking may all be recommended, depending on your circumstances. If you are getting another treatment, these lifestyle changes will usually be recommended alongside the main treatment.
Injections can be used to close the vein using a special chemical. Results are normally seen after a few weeks and symptoms can be relieved. You may need a few injections for the treatment to work properly, and as with all treatments, it may cause side effects such as staining on the skin, headaches, or fainting. If you have a phobia of needles, this may not be the treatment for you.
Endovenous laser treatment may be used to treat your varicose veins. This is a minimally invasive treatment that involves using an ultrasound to guide the laser. A small laser will be used to heat the varicose vein from the inside, which causes it to close. It may cause tightness in the legs as well as some bruising or pain. This treatment only needs small incisions and can relieve symptoms. Unlike surgery, you would not need to stay in the hospital overnight.
As stated in the name, this involves removing the affected veins through small incisions using a suction device. This can give immediate results and minimal scarring, but it can cause bruising. It also relieves the symptoms of varicose veins.
There are other treatments available and this is not an extensive list. Depending on the procedure, you may be given general or local anesthetic to make it as painless as possible for you.
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