Varicose Veins Treatment and Prevention

For all those who cross their legs (men and women) this is a polite invite to stop or you will need varicose veins treatment sooner then expected!

Varicose veins are very common, affecting about 55 percent of women and 45 percent of men. Half of them are 50 years and older, so preventing the spider veins may not be on our mind, but don’t discard this advice just yet. See here the simple steps you can take for prevention and the varicose veins treatments available.

Simple steps to prevent varicose veins

You should always wear sunscreen to limit spider veins on the face.

Exercise regularly to improve leg strength and circulation (walk or run) and control your body weight to avoid pressure on your legs.

varicose veins treatment PlacidwayDon’t cross your legs for long times when sitting. You may injure your leg veins that way, increasing the risk of varicose veins.

Cross your ankles and elevate them when resting as much as possible.

Don’t stand or sit for long periods of time. Shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes when standing and when sitting, try to move around every half hour.

Wear elastic support stockings (this is usually prescribed as varicose veins treatment as well).

Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time and eat less salt.

If varicose veins have already made their appearance there are treatments you can opt for.

Varicose Veins Treatment

There are a few traditional ways for varicose veins treatment, such as Phlebectomy, which removes large varicose veins by surgery, and ligation and stripping, which involve the tying of the vein in the affected leg and then removing it. Sclerotherapy is suitable for small to medium-sized varicose veins and it involves injecting a chemical that scars the veins, sealing them shut. Other treatments available now are less invasive surgery:

Radiofrequency ablation is rather popular now. It involves heating the wall of your varicose vein using radiofrequency energy administered through a narrow tube and after the seal, redirecting the blood flow to one of your healthy veins.

Endovenous laser treatment involves the same procedure as in radiofrequency, but the laser delivers short bursts of energy that heat up the vein and seal it.

Transilluminated powered phlebectomy requires one or two small incisions in your leg to insert an endoscopic transilluminator, underneath your skin.  They are able to see which veins need to be removed and the affected veins are cut before being removed through the incisions using a suction device.

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