varicose veins treatment

Varicose veins are unsightly and uncomfortable. They can hinder your capacity to enjoy life and make you feel self-conscious.

Many people, especially those over 50, experience the discomfort of varicose veins. While many people only worry about their appearance, varicose veins may be rather painful and could lead to severe health problems, including venous ulceration.

Varicose veins treatment might include surgery, but there are alternative non-invasive options.

We have compiled a list of the top non-surgical treatments for varicose veins to help you find the one that works best for your lifestyle and budget.

But first, let’s look at what varicose veins are and what they entail.

Varicose Veins and their Symptoms

The enlarged veins and blood vessels caused by varicose veins are common cosmetic concerns. As vein valves weaken, blood pools in the veins, causing the appearance of varicose veins. Multiple valves are located within the superficial and deep veins, and they help prevent blood from flowing backward.

While the legs are the most prevalent site of varicose vein development, they can appear anywhere in the body. Common symptoms of varicose veins include itching, aching, swelling, and discomfort in the lower leg.

Varicose veins typically cause the following symptoms:

  • Swollen or enlarged veins under the skin’s surface.
  • Soreness, itching, or burning sensation around the veins.
  • Redness, purplish discolouration of the skin around the veins.

5 Non-Surgical Treatments for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that often appear on the legs. They are caused by damage to the valves within the veins, which allows blood to pool and flow in a more turbulent manner than normal.

Varicose veins can be an unsightly and embarrassing cosmetic issue, often preventing people from wearing clothes that expose their legs. If you’re looking for a way to improve your appearance and reduce your risk of developing other health problems like skin ulcers, you may be considering varicose vein treatment.

Varicose veins can be treated without resorting to surgery in several ways:

1.       Graduated compression stockings

Graduated compression stockings can help to alleviate the symptoms of varicose veins. They apply firm pressure to the engorged veins, to decongest them. This is non-invasive, but the downside is that they need to be worn from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed. Furthermore, due to the firm pressure required, they can be difficult to apply and can be uncomfortable, especially in hot weather.

2.       Foam Sclerotherapy

With this procedure, a drug that causes the vein to collapse is injected directly into the varicose vein.  The medication works by blocking blood flow through the incompetent vein, causing it to shrink and close off. This effectively eliminates the bulge in your leg caused by the vein.

The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting by a vein specialist who has been trained to do sclerotherapy. A small needle is inserted into the vein, followed by an injection of a solution that causes temporary swelling of the vein wall. The swollen vessel closes over time as scar tissue forms within it. Sclerotherapy is often performed in conjunction with one of the procedures below.

3.       Radiofrequency ablation

This treatment, also called Endovenous Ablation, involves closing up the faulty vein with heat. The veins are treated by applying heat to the vein walls using radiofrequency radiation. The vein walls weaken and close off as a result of the heat. This method is less intrusive than surgical therapies, yet it achieves the same or better results.

4.       Endovenous Laser Therapy

Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) works in a similar fashion to radiofrequency ablation, in that it uses heat to seal the vein. Due to the high temperatures involved, tumescent anaesthesia – the injection of saline and local anaesthetic along the vein to be treated – is required, to protect the surrounding tissues from being heated. Given the many needles required to inject this, Dr Ling offers patients having EVLT and radiofrequency ablation to be done under sedation.

5.       Venaseal Glue

Venaseal Glue is an excellent option for treating varicose veins. It does not require tumescent anaesthesia like the heat treatments radiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser. Instead, there is only one local anaesthetic injection at the insertion site. The solution – cyanoacrylate –  is safe to use in the body and in fact, has been used for many years to treat other faulty blood vessels in  larger quantities than is required for vein treatment. Venaseal Glue works by sealing the faulty varicose vein without the need for heat or surgical stripping. After treatment, the closed vein becomes scar tissue and fades over time.

Takeaway: Get Your Varicose Veins Treated Today!

Although varicose veins affect a large percentage of the population, you can find effective treatment options.

Whether you’re looking for a more natural approach or just want to get on with your life without the hassle of dealing with varicose veins, there are plenty of options.

If you’re looking for non-surgical treatment for your varicose veins, look no further than Dr Adrian Ling and his team at Vein Artery Specialist in Melbourne, Australia. Dr Ling offers various services, including DVT treatment and varicose vein treatment. The treatment plan he recommends will be tailored to your specific condition and lifestyle preferences.