Aesthetic Veins Treatment
Fortunately, treatment usually doesn’t mean a hospital stay or a long, uncomfortable recovery. Thanks to less invasive procedures, varicose veins can generally be treated on an outpatient basis. Ask your doctor if insurance will cover any of the cost of your treatment. If done for purely cosmetic reasons, you’ll likely have to pay for the treatment of varicose veins yourself.
Several different treatment options are available:
Compression stockings or socks
Woman putting on compression stockings
Compression stockings support healthy blood flow in the legs.
Wearing compression stockings or socks places pressure on the veins in the lower legs. This pressure can help improve blood flow and prevent further spider or varicose veins. Compression stockings may also help relieve leg swelling and lower the risk of blood clots in the legs.
Types of compression stocking include:
Support pantyhose: These provide only light pressure but are available in many stores. It is also possible to buy a range of support pantyhose online.
Gradient compression stockings and socks: These provide medium pressure around the feet, ankles, and calves. They are often available from specialist stores and pharmacies. A range of gradient compression stockings and socks is also available to purchase online.
Prescription compression stockings: These provide the most pressure to the feet and legs. They are only available on prescription and come in various sizes and strengths as well as footless varieties. Prescription compression stockings are not suitable for some people, including those who have heart failure or other heart problems.
Sclerotherapy and closure system
Sclerotherapy involves injecting an irritant directly into the affected vein. When the walls of the vein become irritated, they stick together and keep blood from flowing into the area.
This procedure can reduce swelling and cause the vein to shrink. Over time, the spider vein fades or vanishes. Several treatments may be necessary to obtain the desired results.
Similar to sclerotherapy, closure system treatment involves injecting a substance into the affected veins. This substance is sticky, and it closes the vein off from blood flow, causing the spider vein to fade or disappear with time.
As with sclerotherapy, a person may require several treatments before they are happy with the outcome.
Healthcare professionals who can perform sclerotherapy or closure system include:
These professionals can carry out sclerotherapy or closure system in their office as the procedure does not usually require anesthesia.
After undergoing sclerotherapy or closure system, the person usually wears compression stockings for several days or weeks. Spider veins will gradually start to disappear after these procedures, but the process may take up to 6 weeks.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
DVT is a serious medical condition. Tell your doctor right away if you think you’re experiencing symptoms of DVT or go to the closest emergency room. A healthcare provider can check out your symptoms.
DVT treatments focus on keeping the clot from growing. In addition, treatment may help prevent a pulmonary embolism and lower your risk of having more clots
For superficial thrombophlebitis, your doctor might recommend applying heat to the painful area, elevating the affected leg, using an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and possibly wearing compression stockings. The condition usually improves on its own.
Vaginal Varicose Veins
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time
- Avoid wearing high heels or any shoes that are uncomfortable and put pressure on the lower body
- Drink lots of water
- Sleep with the hips slightly elevated to prevent blood from pooling in the area, by placing a pillow under your hips
- If you’re pregnant, wear a support garment and also sleep on your left hand side to promote better blood circulation
- Change positions frequently
- If your vulvar varicosities are causing you discomfort, Dr Anderson recommends wearing supportive underwear such as compression stocking, sleeping on your left side (this places less pressure on the vena cava) and using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, if you are able to take these.
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