It seems like it’s always swimsuit season in Florida, but even if you don’t care to bare it all, it’s still way too hot for pants. However, for many people with varicose veins, cooler clothes aren’t really an option. They’re self-conscious about the blue or purple knots across their legs or feet. If these, sometimes bothersome, perennial blues have left you with a case of the summertime blues, you may want to consider non-invasive varicose vein treatments. In the past, vein specialists relied mostly on removal, but technological advancements have made it incredibly easy to help these spots disappear, with little-to-no downtime.
Choose Sclerotherapy for Small or Medium Spots
Sclerotherapy is often the first option people consider when trying to rid themselves of varicose veins. It’s ideal and effective for small or medium spots, and there is absolutely no downtime. In this method, a sclerosant or medicine is injected into the troublesome blemish, causing it to collapse in on itself. The blood naturally reroutes itself to other pathways, and the body reabsorbs any unnecessary tissue left behind. Because the process only involves a small injection, no anesthetic is necessary, and you’re free to go about your day afterward. Much of the time, an area can be cleared up in a single visit, but sometimes stubborn ones can require two or more treatments.
Choose Laser Vein Treatment for Larger Spots
If your spot is larger, EVLA laser treatment (Endovenous Laser Ablation), sometimes referred to by a trade name of EVLT treatment (Endovenous Laser Therapy), may be your best option. It’s an out-patient alternative to surgery, and most patients go back to work the same day. During the procedure, an ultra-thin laser fiber is used to heat up the damaged area, which seals it off. In most cases, vein specialists will also use sclerotherapy to help the remaining tissue break down faster, which provides quicker results. This generally gives the skin its smooth appearance back, improves aesthetics, and mitigates any pain or soreness associated with the condition as well.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Most people are good candidates for these conservative varicose vein treatments, but they might not be appropriate for people who are pregnant, elderly, or those who suffer from certain other conditions. If you’ve been putting off seeing a doctor because you thought leg vein removal was your only choice, there’s a good chance a specialist can help you right in his office, using non-invasive methods.
It really doesn’t matter what season it is if you’re bothered by the aesthetics of your legs, and if your spots are painful, itchy, or causing you fatigue, warm weather is probably the farthest thing from your mind. A specialist can determine which solutions are right for you, and with today’s simple methods, treatment can be completed in less than an hour. There’s no reason to hold off any longer. Get back to doing things you love, and kiss those perennial blues goodbye.