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Getting Rid of Varicose Veins

by Jane Meggitt

Sooner or later, almost everyone will find some spider veins on their legs or thighs. These tiny, purple-red veins don’t hurt, but they are noticeable. If their appearance bothers you, you can cover them with concealer. What you can’t conceal are larger, gnarly varicose veins. Getting rid of them requires a visit to the doctor, but the procedures available for eliminating them offer relatively quick recoveries. One caveat: Unless the veins are causing true medical problems, your insurance company won’t pay for the procedure. Eliminating varicose veins because you don’t like the look of them is considered cosmetic surgery. However, deep vein issues are often covered by your insurance provider. Find out prior to having varicose veins eradicated whether your insurance company will foot the bill.

Varicose Vein Prevention

If you have a genetic predisposition to varicose veins, there’s not much you can do about preventing them. However, many people suffer from varicose and spider veins that aren’t necessarily hereditary, and there are preventive measures to take. First, shed excess pounds. Increased weight can contribute to varicose vein formation. Next, consider wearing compression stockings instead of standard hose. These aren’t your grandma’s compression stockings. Today’s varieties are available in designer colors and patterns and don’t appear bulky. However, they aren’t as comfortable as regular stockings or socks, as they are much tighter. Spend less time on your feet. Pregnancy also contributes to varicose veins, but there’s good news here. Most pregnancy-related varicose veins shrink within several months post-childbirth.

What Doesn’t Work

There are methods that people may recommend for eliminating varicose veins that simply do not work. These include massage – which is beneficial for other reasons but won’t reduce the size of enlarged veins – drinking ginger tea and dry brushing. Exercise is good for you, but it does nothing for varicose veins.

Varicose Vein Eradication

A vein specialist can get rid of your varicose veins via various procedures. Doctors can eradicate varicose veins with laser therapy. Larger varicose veins may respond to laser surgery that closes off the vein. Other options include:

  • Sclerotherapy – a solution is injected directly into the vein, causing it to collapse.
  • Radiofrequency ablation – the doctor guides a catheter into the vein, and electricity then heats the vein until it shuts down.

Extremely large veins may require surgical removal, but these are the exception.

Even though these procedures get rid of the veins in question, that doesn’t mean that other veins may become varicose over time.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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