Varicose veins are veins that become twisted and enlarged. Any vein may become a varicose vein, but they are most commonly developed in your legs due to standing and walking. For the most part, varicose veins are merely just a cosmetic concern, appearing dark and purple and sometimes bulging. However, in some cases, veins can become so enlarged that they can begin to ache, itch, throb, or burn. Why do some people get varicose veins and others do not? Well, weakened or damaged valves usually cause varicose veins. Weakened valves are caused by genetics, poor diet and exercise, age, and even continuously standing for long periods of time. There are varicose vein treatments and ways to treat varicose veins at home, but seeing a special vein doctor may also make a world of difference. For vein removal in Los Angeles, get in touch with Dr. Madyoon today!
Prevention & at Home Care
While doctors haven’t found a way to completely prevent varicose veins, there are some healthy habits you can create to reduce your risk of developing them. These at-home-care tips will also help alleviate pain and prevent more veins to develop if you already have them.
- For starters, improving your circulation and developing muscle tone on areas prone to varicose veins, such as your legs, can greatly reduce your chances. Resting on your back and elevating your legs after exercising or standing all day will also help improve circulation.
- It’s also important to pay attention to your diet. Eating a substantial amount of fiber, and reducing your salt intake is a great place to start.
- Exercising is also a great way to reduce your risk of varicose veins and will help you monitor your weight.
- If you are someone who stands on their feet all day, you may also want to try changing your position regularly and avoid wearing high heels as much as possible.
- Wearing tight clothes can also reduce blood flow and cause varicose veins so ditch the hosiery and try to wear more loose fitted pants.
Many people are aware of the aid that compression stockings can provide. By squeezing the legs, they help the muscles to move the blood more effectively throughout the veins. You can find these at almost any pharmacy, but your doctor may also provide special ones for you to wear. Here’s a basic list of compression stocking options.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure that includes injecting a solution into the varicose veins to help them move blood more easily in the body. With this treatment, varicose veins usually fade away.
With the technology of lasers, doctors are able to rid varicose veins by sending strong bursts of light onto them, making them disappear altogether.
Radio-frequency Ablation (RFA)
Radio frequency may also be used to help fade these veins away. In this procedure, heat is generated using a high-frequency alternating current and applied to the varicose veins. When this high heat hits the veins, they collapse and seal shut.
This procedure includes ridding varicose veins through a series of small punctures of the skin. This is more helpful on smaller varicose veins.
In rare, extreme cases, endoscopic vein surgery may be need. A camera is inserted into your leg to closely view the veins and make small incisions to get rid of them. This procedure is a bit more intense than others and will require the patient to be under during the surgery.
There are some alternative, organic ways to help get the blood flowing more in your body. These include sweet clover, grape seed, and horse chestnut, to name a few. Always consult with a doctor first whenever taking herbal supplements.
Vein Removal in Los Angeles
If you’re tired of living with varicose veins don’t be afraid to call a professional. At Beverly Hills Vein Center, we are more than happy to get you back to living a healthy and full life, varicose-vein-free. Call us at 310-289-9955 to schedule an appointment to talk about vein removal in Los Angeles.