Varicose Vein Treatment
Varicose Vein Treatment Q & A
What are varicose veins?
In your circulatory system, your arteries carry fresh, oxygenated blood out of your heart and throughout your body, and your veins transport the used blood back to your heart. In your legs, your veins have to work against gravity to move your blood. You have small valves in your leg veins that help your blood travel up to your heart. When one of these valves weakens or stops working properly, your blood can leak backward and pool, causing a varicose vein to form.
What are the risk factors for varicose veins?
Your age and gender are the most significant factors for varicose veins. Women are more likely than men to develop varicose veins because female hormones tend to relax veins. Also, when women are pregnant, the extra weight and the increased volume of blood taxes the veins in their legs.
Also, as you get older, you notice signs of aging and wear and tear throughout your body, such as wrinkles and loose skin on your face. Your veins also stretch and loosen, making it more likely for the valves in your veins to weaken or malfunction.
Other risk factors for varicose veins include:
- A family history of varicose veins
- Spending long periods of time standing or sitting still
There’s no way to prevent varicose veins completely, but maintaining a healthy body weight, getting regular exercise, and eating a high-fiber, low-salt diet can reduce your risk.
When should I see a doctor about varicose veins?
Varicose veins may cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Throbbing, aching pain and muscle cramps
- Fatigue and heavy feeling
- Itching around the veins
Most people don’t talk to a doctor about their varicose veins until their symptoms disrupt their lives, or if they start to develop ulcers on their feet and ankles. However, you should make an appointment when you first notice varicose veins. Dr. Zuniga at Enhance at Aspen can diagnose the extent of your vascular health condition and offer treatments and lifestyle advice to improve and protect your health.
How are varicose veins treated?
The Venefit ClosureFAST procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in the Enhance at Aspen office with only a local anesthetic. Your doctor inserts a thin catheter into your vein and sends the radiofrequency energy to heat the vein, causing it to collapse on itself and seal closed. Venefit ClosureFAST provides fast recovery times and a low risk of complications or recurrent varicose veins or ulcers.
During a sclerotherapy procedure, your doctor injects a solution into your varicose veins that creates scar tissue in the vein, closing and sealing it. Sclerotherapy is also an outpatient treatment that Dr. Zuniga at Enhance at Aspen provides in the comfort of his office.
Varicose vein treatments are designed to close and seal your faulty veins and encourage your blood to follow more efficient paths back to your heart.
Call or schedule an appointment online today to get more information on varicose vein removal treatments and start your journey toward smooth, clear legs today.
*Individual results may vary.