Varicose veins are large, gnarled veins that are most often seen on the legs. It’s no surprise that these unsightly veins can really cramp your style, but surgery to remove them is painful, time consuming, and leaves scars. However, there are many new options available to remove varicose veins without surgery. If you want to reclaim your legs and your wardrobe in time for shorts season, here are four non-surgical options to eliminate varicose veins.
Lifestyle Changes Prevent Varicose Veins
Although lifestyle changes cannot remove existing varicose veins, they can prevent new ones from forming and keep existing veins from getting worse. Obesity is an important risk factor for varicose veins, so losing weight can keep them from occurring. Other lifestyle choices that can help prevent varicose veins include exercise, eating a healthy diet, and wearing compression socks whenever possible.
Sclerotherapy Collapses Veins Quickly
Sclerotherapy is a treatment performed in a doctor’s office that involves injecting a solution into the varicose vein, which causes it to collapse and fade away over time. A sclerotherapy session usually takes less than half an hour to complete, and side effects include cramping and mild discomfort. After the procedure, you must take it easy and avoid exercising for a few days.
Foam Sclerotherapy Treats Larger Veins
While traditional sclerotherapy is great for small and medium-sized varicose veins, foam sclerotherapy can tackle larger veins. This procedure works similarly to regular sclerotherapy, but a foam is used to collapse the veins instead of a liquid solution. Foam is more effective for large veins due to greater contact with the inside of the vein, and there is less risk of dilution compared with a liquid solution.
Laser Treatment Provides Immediate Results
Laser is one of the best treatment options for varicose veins, especially if you have many veins to treat. This non-invasive procedure works by using laser energy to collapse and remove problematic veins. Santé MD Wellness Center uses an advanced laser technology that can treat varicose veins in as few as three sessions of thirty minutes or less. You can see results from laser treatment immediately following each session, and you can resume normal activities right away.
Whether you choose to manage your varicose veins with lifestyle changes or take advantage of advanced non-surgical treatments, dealing with your varicose veins doesn’t have to mean going under the knife. Contact a doctor or wellness center today and discuss your options for finally baring those legs this summer.
About the author:
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.