Are varicose veins making you feel unhappy about the appearance of your legs? It may be time to have them removed. Since varicose veins will only get worse as time passes, people with the condition are often curious to find out what are the best treatment options for varicose veins.
How varicose veins develop
Veins generally carry blood towards the heart and they have one-way valves that prevent the backward flow of blood. However, if these valves malfunction, blood will flow backward and pool in the veins. These enlarged or swollen veins are known as varicose veins.Varicose veins typically impact the legs.
What are treatment options for varicose veins
Varicose veins are not treated for cosmetic reasons alone, as some people with the condition experience uncomfortable symptoms such as pain, swelling, aching, and heaviness.
Popular treatment options for varicose veins include:
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
EVLT is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. During EVLT a tiny incision is made in the calf, through which a thin laser fiber is put into the damaged vein. The laser fiber emits light energy that targets the vein and the resulting heat closes and seals the vein shut.
Endovenous Chemical Ablation
With endovenous chemical ablation a sclerosant or chemical irritant is injected into the vein, causing the wall to collapse. This technique is especially beneficial for veins that visible to the naked eye as it utilizes ultrasound to see the damaged veins.
Less severe cases of varicose veins can be managed with the use of compression stockings. Compression stockings help to minimize the pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins, and also improves circulation.
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