Over three million Americans are diagnosed with varicose veins every year. These bulging, damaged veins are not only unsightly; they can also become the cause of serious health complications if not appropriately treated. Varicose vein treatment can improve your health while also restoring smoother skin.
Who Needs Treatment?
Because they can lead to serious health complications like blood clots and leg ulcers, varicose veins should be carefully monitored. Treatment for varicose veins may be recommended for individuals experiencing symptoms of vein disease. Symptoms that can be eased with treatment for varicose veins include restless legs, swelling, numbness, leg rashes, fatigue or heaviness in the legs, aching, cramping, burning, and itching. Individuals with symptomatic vein disease may be able to receive insurance coverage for their treatment. Varicose vein treatment may also be considered for aesthetic reasons; treatment can eliminate discoloration and smooth out the skin.
Treatment Options for Varicose Veins
The standard approach to treating a varicose vein is to destroy the damaged, bulging vein. Once the vein is no longer functional, the body adapts by rerouting the blood flow through other nearby veins. This eliminates problematic symptoms, improves quality of life, and enhances the appearance.
There are several treatment options for varicose veins. Only one treatment session is necessary, and the treatment usually lasts less than one hour. Depending on the selected approach, you may be able to resume normal activities immediately afterward or within a few days of treatment. At our practice, we offer the following treatment options for varicose veins:
- VenaSeal™: A medical adhesive is injected into the varicose vein. This causes the vein to seal itself closed.
- ClosureFast™: Radiofrequency energy ablates the walls of the varicose vein, causing it to close.
- Laser ablation therapy: A small laser cauterizes the varicose vein so that it collapses closed.
- Varithena®: A medical microfoam is injected into the vein, filling and treating the vein until it collapses. Afterward, the microfoam is deactivated.
Dr. Sherman will help you decide which vein treatment is best for your needs. Your results will be noticeable within one to two weeks after treatment.
If you need treatment for varicose veins, contact us right away to schedule an appointment at New Skin Medical. Call (706) 836-0951 or contact Dr. Sherman online today.