Do you have unsightly varicose veins? Find out how they could be eliminated.
Varicose veins: this unsightly little issue may not be serious to your health but it can make you embarrassed to wear shorts or skirts during the warmer months. Varicose veins is an inherited condition. While anyone can get varicose veins, these visibly enlarged veins tend to affect women more. If you have varicose veins that you desperately want to get rid of, our St. Louis, MO vein specialist, Dr. Norman Bein has answers on how to treat this cosmetic issue.
What can cause varicose veins?
There are many things that can be responsible for the development of varicose veins including:
- Hormonal fluctuations (e.g. pregnancy; menopause, taking birth control pills)
- Occupations that require you to stand for long periods of time
- A personal history of blood clots
- Trauma to the skin
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Those with varicose veins are also more likely to experience cramping, pain, restlessness, burning, tingling or even heaviness in their legs. Those with varicose veins may find that their symptoms actually get better when elevating their feet or when wearing compression stockings.
What are some ways to treat varicose veins?
Firstly, an evaluation by a board-certified surgeon, vascular trained like Dr. Norman Bein is important. This will include an ultrasound examination. We also have a Vascular Technologist that performs their own exams at the same time as your visit. If there are symptoms such as heaviness, aching, pain, cramping, skin discoloration and restlessness we will recommend a trial of conservative treatment including compression hose, exercise, elevating legs, or taking an anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Aleve.
Compression stockings: You can find these medical stockings at your local pharmacy in many different styles and they can help to reduce some of your pain and discomfort.
Changes to your lifestyle: If obesity is causing your varicose veins, you can manage your symptoms by dedicating time and energy to exercise, eating healthier and losing weight to maintain a healthier weight.
The length of time varies from insurance plans. All the treatment options will be discussed but they are all done in the office under local anesthetic. Walk in, walk out. Recovery time is short and most people are out and about the next day. If we have found an underlying reflux (backflow) in a saphenous vein, this is sealed from the inside using a laser. The actual varicose veins are removed through tiny punctures, no stitches needed. After healing, there will be little or no marks and you are ready to show off your legs.
If you want to finally say goodbye to varicose veins then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO. Revel in the freedom of being able to confidently wear shorts and bathing suits again!