Varicose veins affect up to 35% of the American population.

Anyone can have them though you are more at risk of developing varicose veins as you age and carrying extra weight. Women tend to suffer from them more often than men, especially after childbirth.

They can be itchy and sore and often swollen, and they unpleasantly discolor the skin. Luckily, varicose veins treatment is fairly straightforward to undergo with minimal recovery times.

Read on to discover what varicose veins treatments are currently available and how they could help you.

Laser Treatment

Traditionally this treatment is for smaller varicose veins like spider veins that you may often see near your knees or ankles. This varicose veins treatment requires the doctor to zap your veins with bursts of high-intensity light. This closes off the veins and allows the blood to flow through bigger vessels.

There is no need for an injection or cuts into the skin. The treatment is non-invasive and is an effective spider vein treatment. However, if your varicose veins are larger, you will need a different option.

Foam Injections

Also known scientifically as sclerotherapy, your doctor will inject a medical solution into the affected vein to cause it to become unusable. Your blood will naturally find a different route to pass through the body, and the vein will close up. The body then naturally absorbs the vein back into the body.

This method requires minimal invasive action and can be done by vein specialists at your doctor’s surgery. You will likely need several treatments to complete the procedure.

Ablation Therapy

Similar to laser treatment, endovenous ablation therapy uses intense radio waves to close up the vein. However, the doctor will need to make an incision to carry out this varicose veins treatment.

A small tube will be inserted into the vein so that the radio wave can heat the vein from the inside and cause it to close. The whole area will be numbed for the procedure, and you may have to wear a compression bandage when you are allowed home.

This treatment can be done as a day patient procedure, so you should be able to go home the same day.

Vein Removal

Varicose veins removal, or phlebectomy, is an option for more complex varicose veins. Your doctor will advise you on the best option for you and whether you need vein removal surgery.

If you do, the procedure is often very simple. The doctor will anesthetize the area and remove the affected veins through a series of small incisions. In this case, you can often go home the same day as the surgery if all is well.

When the vein is much deeper in more complicated operations, you may need up to a month to recover from the procedure.

Find the Best Varicose Veins Treatment For You

Once you have had an examination with your medical practitioner, they should advise you as to which varicose veins treatment is the best for you.

Each procedure is different, but with the relevant treatment, you should see and feel an improvement in your varicose veins symptoms in a short period of time.

If you would like to speak to us further about which treatment would be best for you, please get in touch via our contact page.