How Can I Get Rid of My Varicose Veins

It may be warm outside, but if you’re still wearing your long pants because you’re embarrassed by the twisted, bulging road map of veins on your legs, then it’s time to do something about it. Varicose veins are common and affect as many as 25 million Americans. Even though you may think that your bulging veins are merely a cosmetic issue, they can affect circulation and lead to health complications.

Interventional cardiologist, Erick Calderon, MD, FACC, FSCAI, at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants in Bradenton, Florida, specializes in vascular health and wants you to know what you can do to get rid of your varicose veins.

How did this happen?

Defective valves are responsible for the development of your visible, bulging, varicose veins. Your veins have to work a bit harder pumping blood back to your heart and lungs for re-oxygenation, especially the veins in your legs because they have to work against gravity. 

As your muscles contract and relax to push your blood through, tiny valves in your veins open and close to help move your blood forward. If your valves are weak or damaged because of genetics or an injury, they may not close all the way, allowing the blood to flow backward and pool in your veins. The accumulation of blood causes the vein to swell and bulge, creating the unsightly road map on your legs. 

Varicose veins are more commonly seen in women, and prolonged standing and multiple pregnancies may increase your risk of developing the visible veins. Lack of physical activity, obesity, and high blood pressure are also risk factors.  

More than cosmetic

Although varicose veins are often considered a cosmetic issue, they’re more than that. Varicose veins are a symptom of an underlying venous insufficiency disorder, which means your veins are having a hard time getting your blood back to your heart. Your varicose veins may not cause you any problems, but if you’re experiencing leg pain or swelling, it may be a sign that something more is going on.

Although complications are rare, varicose veins can lead to leg ulcers or blood clots. They can also burst open and cause bleeding. If your varicose veins are bothersome, you should have them evaluated.  

Getting rid of your varicose veins

Before we can get rid of your varicose veins, we first want to make sure they don’t get worse. You can improve blood flow by engaging in regular exercise and losing weight if you’re overweight or obese. We may also recommend you wear compression stockings, which provide the veins and muscles in your legs extra support to improve blood flow. Keeping your feet raised, when you can, is also helpful.

These techniques can improve the look of your varicose veins, but they may not get rid of them. To do that, we offer endovenous radiofrequency treatments, which is an FDA-approved procedure that uses radiofrequency energy that causes the vein to collapse and disappear over time. 

Endovenous radiofrequency for varicose veins is an outpatient procedure, so you go home right after treatment. And, in most cases, you only need one session to get the desired results.

After the procedure, you need to wear compression stockings to support the healing process as your veins reroute the flow of blood. It may take up to 12 months for the treated varicose veins to fully disappear, but once gone, they won’t come back.

You can and should get rid of your varicose veins if they’re causing emotional or physical pain. Call Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants, or book an appointment online today to discuss your treatment options.

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