Did you recently spot varicose veins on your body for the first time? If you’ve never experienced these frustrating veins before, you may be wondering if they will simply disappear on their own.
While we’d love to say time heals all wounds, this is just not the case with varicose veins. That’s because varicose veins are not like a bruise that heals over time. Instead, they are caused by faulty vein valves that allow blood to flow backward and pool up. This backward blood flow and resulting pooling is what causes the veins to become enlarged in the first place.
Once these weakened vein valves begin to fail, they don’t simply repair themselves on their own—the problem veins need medical treatment. In fact, if these varicose veins are left untreated, they could become larger or even become symptomatic, causing throbbing, burning or a tired, heavy feeling in your limbs. Endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy are two minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment methods that lead to the collapse or removal of the abnormal veins so that your body will divert blood flow to other, healthier veins.
Spider veins, which are the tiny, web-like, blue or red veins that appear on the skin, also tend to increase in size over time, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. These troublesome veins commonly occur on the legs and face. The AAD considers sclerotherapy the gold standard in treating spider veins. Thermocoagulation is also an effective treatment option, particularly for the treatment of spider veins on the face.
Even after treatment takes place, reasonable action must be taken on the patient’s part to help prevent the formation of future varicose veins. Patients with a history of varicose veins are often encouraged to manage their weight, exercise regularly to improve circulation, elevate their legs while at rest, and wear compression stockings that apply beneficial pressure to their veins. However, even with lifestyle changes, future medical treatment may become necessary if new varicose veins form.
If you have varicose veins or spider veins, trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive Seattle varicose vein treatment and spider vein treatment. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.
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