There are certain things our bodies can function without, such as the appendix, tonsils, and yes, varicose veins. Usually blue or purple in color, they can range from small veins to bulging veins on the feet, ankles and legs. Beyond the feelings of emotional stress and insecurity varicose veins can cause, they can also be the source of pain, fatigue, swelling and itchiness in the legs. Fortunately, advanced treatments can make them disappear.
Advanced varicose vein treatments for optimal results
Today’s state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and involve little to no downtime. Best of all, it gives people the opportunity to experience positive results, restored confidence and improved health. Some of the most sought-after varicose vein treatments include:
- Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) treats veins close to the surface of the skin. EVLT uses ultrasound imaging guidance to allow the doctors to pinpoint the damaged veins and treat them with a laser. EVLT is now being covered by many insurance plans.
- Microphlebectomy is the surgical removal of varicose veins. However, no hospital stay is required and people usually return to normal activities immediately. Using local anesthesia, the doctors make tiny incisions through which the veins are removed.
- Endovenous chemical ablation is a treatment for veins below the surface of the skin. Guided by ultrasound imaging, the doctors inject the veins with a medicated solution to make them collapse and seal shut.
Don’t wait to seek vein treatment
Even veins that appear to be minor can actually be venous disease. Left untreated, varicose veins can become problematic:
- Worsening symptoms can affect your quality of life — interrupting work-related activities, travel and sleep. As the symptoms of heaviness, aching, swelling, throbbing, and itching progress in the legs, your mobility may decline.
- Hyperpigmentation is just one consequence of varicose veins’ inability to maintain proper blood flow. Excess blood can leak into leg tissue, causing painful swelling and inflammation where skin becomes dark and discolored.
- Venous leg ulcers occur when the pressure inside the untreated vein causes an area of the skin to break down. Venous leg ulcers tend to get larger and more painful over time.
Whether you’re struggling with varicose veins or spider veins, the caring, dedicated team at Carolina Vein Specialists can help. With offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, we offer the most advanced and effective vein treatments, along with complete support before, during and after every procedure.