Varicose veins aren’t a life sentence. Treatment of varicose veins can be quick and minimally invasive.
Most varicose veins are caused by a faulty valve in the main draining vein of the leg, which causes the blood to backflow and overflow smaller veins, which then bloat with the unexpected pressure and become visible.
Spider veins, the more delicate red or blue pattern that resembles a spider’s web, are a minor form of varicose veins and often come before the more unsightly variation. Sun exposure can make spider veins worse by breaking down collagen under the skin.
Endovenous Laser Treatment or EVLT is a quick, minimally invasive laser procedure that treats varicose veins. Using an ultrasound, the problem vein is mapped out and then a thin laser fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point (usually near the knee). Laser energy is then delivered to seal the faulty vein. With the vein permanently closed, the body reroutes the blood to healthier veins.
The procedure is performed under local anesthetic and takes approximately one hour to complete. You can resume to your normal day activity immediately. In fact, walking right after the procedure is encouraged.
Additionally, a few simple lifestyle changes can help prevent varicose veins from getting worse, reduce pain or delay other varicose veins from forming.
- Avoid standing or sitting for long periods without taking a break.
- When sitting, avoid crossing your legs and keep your legs raised when sitting, resting, or sleeping.
- Stay active to keep your legs moving and improve muscle tone. This helps blood move through your veins.
- If you’re overweight, try to lose weight. This will improve blood flow and ease the pressure on your veins.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially those that are tight around your waist, upper thighs, and legs.
- Avoid wearing high heels for long periods. Lower heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles. Toned muscles help blood move through the veins.