What Is the Best Treatment for My Varicose Veins?
Varicose Veins affects nearly 25% of the population. More commonly found in women, but also in men, the process of ageing can create visible leg veins which are not only unsightly, but are also often painful.
Varicose and spider veins can also form due to factors such as pregnancy, genetics, or sometimes as a result of prolonged standing. The primary options for treatment of these veins are Sclerotherapy, Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), or Varicose Vein Surgery. Read on for an explanation of each of these treatments and which may be best suited for your situation.
Vein treatment Melbourne via Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is usually the most commonly recommended treatment for patients with smaller accessory veins. The primary goal is to prevent the deterioration of these veins before they become larger, bulging into varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy also works to eliminate larger veins and is the most effective treatment for leg veins. It involves the use of a sclerosant solution which is injected into the veincreating a natural healing process which will shrink the vein which will eventually disappear. In most cases, regular activities can be resumed immediately with the avoidance of excessive standing or vigorous activities for around four days.
Vein removal with Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
EVLT is more commonly used for larger veins such as the Greater Saphenous and Small Saphenous veins. EVLT has a short recovery period when compared to the Surgical stripping of veins. Performed with the insertion of a Fibre-optic probe into the vein, a Laser light in the probe heats the vein, causing it to shrink, while developing collagen in the healing process.
Sclerotherapy is often used after EVLT to treat any remaining surface Varicose and Spider Veins. There will likely be some bruising, tenderness and redness after the treatment; however, you will be able to and be encouraged, to walk directly after the procedure as this will reduce any discomfort.
It is common for compression stockings to be worn up to seven days after treatment to reduce side effects and aid in healing.
This 60 year old had extensive Spider Veins and Varicose Veins to both her legs.
Sclerotherapy treated virtually all her varicose veins and a YAG Laser treatment eliminated her Spider veins. The patient was extremely pleased with her results.
Varicose Veins affect nearly 30% of the population and are often caused by the process of ageing.
Varicose Vein Surgery
The final vein removal option is a surgical treatment that is best suited for visible tortuous veins. It involves surgical excision under local or general anaesthetic and offers a relatively quick recovery as only tiny incisions are required.
This leaves little to no scarring and is well-suited for larger veins in the groin or back of the knee. The process can include a tying off of the vein or stripping and removal. It may require a hospital stay and is done under general anaesthetic.
As one of the older styles of vein removal, surgery is safe and effective, and best suited to those who are not suitable candidates for sclerotherapy or EVLT.
Choosing the best vein treatment for you
Deciding which of these three vein treatment options is suitable for your situation is easily done via a consultation with the team at Me Clinic Melbourne. We will assess the severity of your veins and recommend a treatment variety. We will also explain everything involved in that treatment, including potential downtime, to ensure it works with your schedule and lifestyle.
There is no need to suffer the discomfort or dip in confidence caused by varicose veins, speak to the team at Me Clinic about how you can get your veins treated today.