What are varicose veins and how can they be treated?
Veins are in charge of transporting blood through the entire body and back to the heart. When a vein is weakened and its valve does not work correctly, the vein is unable to transport the blood back, therefore fluid is accumulated. This bringas as a consequence that the vein dilates and visibly increases its size. This is what we call varicose veins.
Generally varicose veins appear on the legs, although they can appear on the face and other parts of the body. Frequently, they bulge and acquire a bluish or purplish color. These veins, also known as spider veins, do not represent a serious risk for a person’s health, but they do cause discomfort such as burning and itching, on top of all this the can look really unaesthetic.
There are several procedures to treat varicose veins, from natural medicine and drugs, to surgeries. Several specialists believe that sclerotherapy is the best option for treating spider veins, which is the technique we effectively use at our clinic My Cosmetic Surgery. This treatment consists on injecting a chemical solution to the varicose veins and toughens them up and then makes them disappear.This treatment can also be used on top of the skin with laser. Small bursts of light will make small varicose veins disappear. Equally, phlebotomy treats superficial varicose veins. Another procedure is ablation, which uses intense heat to treat varicose veins. There are two methods: one that uses radiofrequency and another one that uses laser energy. During this procedures a flexible tube (catheter) is placed up through and along the vein until it reaches the groin, which will emit intense heat, will seal and destroy the vein and it will disappear with time.
Who can practice the procedure to remove varicose veins?
This procedure can be performed on people who suffer from varicose veins and want to eliminate them. Patients should consult with the doctor about any medication he/she might be taking. If the woman is thinking of having this procedure done and believes she might be pregnant, she should ask her doctor first. It is also important to tell the doctor about any skin affection the patient might have.
Which results can I expect from this procedure for eliminating varicose veins?
This procedure for eliminating varicose veins offers great results which are practically immediate. The first two days, the treated area might redden and a few hematomas might appear. This discomfort will remit during the first week as the treatment takes effect. Seven days after, approximately, the patient will be able to see the results. Once infiltrated with this treatment, the affected veins will dry until they become in scar tissue and disappear. The patient can expect from this treatment an improvement in his/her looks with elimination of the varicose veins.
The varicose veins treatment is an outpatient treatment with a simple application technique, therefore the consult is a quite simple process. The doctor will ask the patient to have a series of medical exams done, he will analyze each case in particular and will give recommendations regarding the number of sessions required and the expectations towards the treatment.
Technique and protocol of the varicose veins treatment
The technique we use at My Cosmetic Surgery to treat varicose veins is the sclerotherapy. The doctor injects a saline solution directly on the area that needs to be treated (on the vein) making the tissue cicatrize and posteriorly disappear. The treatment lasts for about 30 minutes. The number of sessions required varies depending on the characteristics and needs of every patient.
Recovery and care after a treatment for varicose veins
The sclerotherapy procedure, in order to eliminate varicose veins, does not require extreme care, but as well as any aesthetic technique it requires some precautions. It is recommended not to do extreme physical exercise during the first days after the application of the treatment. It is convenient to wear bandages once the procedure is done, as well as to wear compression socks.
In order to eliminate varicose veins, the patient should avoid standing still for too long, for at least 2 weeks after the treatment. The patient should avoid lifting heavy objects. He/she should keep his/her legs raised while seated or lying on the bed. When the patient is seated, he/she should move the leg back and forth and in circles to keep blood in movement. Patient should wear bandages or elastic stockings during the period of time recommended by the doctor.
Is the varicose veins treatment safe?
For us, at My Cosmetic Surgery, the safety of our patients comes first. We have an impeccable record of over 20 years without an incident. Our specialists are among the best in the aesthetic field in the entire State of Florida. Our equipments, techniques and facilities are duly certified.
With the varicose veins treatment, as well as with any other aesthetic procedure, following doctor’s instructions is the key to success. For the guarantee of our patients, we offer a complete analysis, an accurate diagnosis for each individual case and a personalized treatment plan, as well as postoperative control by the surgeon during the first 24 hours and then monitoring consultations.
Varicose veins glossary
Apple vinegar: it is commonly used to treat varicose veins.
Compression garment: elastic stockings that apply pressure to the leg or ankle in order to promote blood flow.
Laser treatment: intense beam of light targeted to the varicose veins that makes them disappear.
Phlebitis: when a vein is inflamed, often right under the skin surface.
Reticular veins: also known as feeder veins, they are dilated blue and green veins beneath the skin surface. These veins are enlarged due to an increase in pressure. They are generally hereditary. Reticular veins can exist independently but can also be the underlying problem that gives rise to surface spider veins. They are usually considered a cosmetic problem since these medium size veins do not lead to substantial medical symptoms or complications.
Sclerotherapy: procedure by which an irritating chemical is injected on the affected veins, making the tissue to cicatrize and thoughen from inside out. Due to the fact that though veins can no longer accept blood circulation, the body decomposes them and absorbs them, therefore they disappear.
Valve: a component inside the vein or artery that impedes blood reflows and closes the passage of blood.
Varicose veins: veins that have become enlarged and twisted. The term commonly refers to the veins on the leg, although varicose veins can occur elsewhere. Veins have pairs of leaflet valves to prevent blood from flowing backwards
Veins: part of the blood circulation system of the body that carries in most cases oxygen-depleted blood toward the heart.
FAQs about varicose veins treatment
How are varicose veins formed?
Lower limbs veins perform a most important and ungrateful job, because they have bear the entire weight of the blood column. In their natural state, their tonicity (which is what gives firmness to the vein wall) is enough to avoid them from stretching due to the weight. But if by any reason they lose this essential tonicity and its tissue loosens and stretches, they increase their capacity, and what is worse, the valves that veis have in their interior for fragmenting the blood column in order to make it easy to push blood back, are not able to keep up with that stretching and do not regulate blood circulation as well as before. Therefore a certain amount of the blood goes down and stagnates in there, which jeopardizes the tissue.
What would happen if I do not treat my varicose veins?
If varicose veins are not treated, symptoms will continue progressing and getting worse over time. In some cases, irreversible problems can appear such as blood clots, chronic and uncontrollable leg swelling, thick skin, stains and ulcers on the legs.
Do I have to treat both legs?
The affected by varicose veins limb or limbs should be thoroughly treated in order to get the best results. They can be treated at the same time or one after the other.
Am I going to need to be hospitalized or take time off work after the treatment?
This is an outpatient treatment and generally, you can go back to your daily activities a little after every session.
Does the varicose veins problem equally affects both men and women?
More than half of the women will develop this problem called “spider veins” throughout their life. However, 40 or 45 percent of men will suffer it too. Hormonal conditions, specific of women, like pregnancy and menopause that often cause veins to sicken or worsen. Probably, this is why there are more women than men that look for this treatment
When should I look for a varicose veins treatment?
Just like any other illness, the sooner you start treating varicose veins the better results you will get. However, our specialists recommend women to wait after they are done having children, because pregnancy always tends to worsen this condition.