How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins
There’s only one way to get rid of varicose veins for good: treatment from a medical professional.
If you have varicose veins, it’s natural to want to get rid of them. Between their unsightly appearance and the numerous uncomfortable symptoms they cause, varicose veins can range from a nuisance to a constant source of pain, itchiness, and discomfort.
For those reasons, you may be tempted to try one of the many home remedies you’ve seen floating around online, including using tomato slices, essential oils, and even apple cider vinegar to cure your veins. Unfortunately, none of those home remedies are going to do anything other than leave you smelling like a salad. Unless your varicose veins were caused by pregnancy — in which case they may go away on their own after your pregnancy — the only real way to get rid of your varicose veins is to have them treated by a professional.
Ways to Get Rid of Varicose Veins
There are a number of treatment options available for varicose veins. The best treatment for you will depend largely on your specific condition and your personal preferences. Your doctor will work with you to find the right treatment for your condition, lifestyle, and needs. Some of the most common varicose vein treatments include:
Sclerotherapy: To perform this minimally-invasive procedure, your doctor injects a solution into your varicose veins to seal them off. This causes the veins to collapse and eventually become reabsorbed into the body, disappearing from the skin’s surface.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): Also known by its brand name, Closurefast, RFA is used to treat deeper varicose veins that may not be effectively treated by sclerotherapy. In this minimally-invasive procedure, heat is used to treat the saphenous veins that are often the source of the varicose veins and spider veins you see on the surface of your legs. This process essentially cuts off the root of the veins.
VenaSeal: VenaSeal is one of the newest advances in varicose vein treatment. Like RFA, it is used to treat the saphenous veins. In the procedure, a medical grade adhesive is administered using ultrasound guidance to close off the large veins.
Keeping Varicose Veins Away
Once you’ve treated your varicose veins, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the chances of the veins returning. These changes can also help prevent new veins from forming if you already have varicose veins but have not yet had them treated. Just remember that they can’t make existing veins go away.
Some lifestyle changes to consider are:
Increasing your movement. Force yourself to stand up every 30 minutes to 1 hour and try to avoid sitting for long periods of time. If you can, you should also exercise more. Even a daily 30-minute walk can help improve circulation.
Elevating your legs above the level of your heart when you’re at rest.
Investing in compression stockings, which can increase blood flow in your legs.
Changing your diet. Try increasing your fiber intake and decreasing your salt intake.
Treat Your Veins Today
The first step to getting rid of your varicose veins is scheduling an appointment with a vein specialist. At Center for Vein, our venous experts offer a range of effective treatments to help you treat your veins, including sclerotherapy, RFA, and VenaSeal.
Varicose veins don’t have to keep you down — to schedule an appointment, contact us at Center for Vein today.