Varicose Veins Got You Down? Here's What You Need To Know

If some varicose veins have developed on your face or legs as you have aged, then you will be pleased to learn that there are many things that you can do to treat them and help prevent new varicose veins from forming. By treating your existing varicose veins and avoiding the formation of new ones, you will be more confident about your appearance in short clothing or without wearing makeup. To this end, here is some information on the formation of varicose veins, how they are treated, and simple things you can do to prevent their future development:

Understanding the Cause of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are caused by damaged blood vessels. Typically, the blood vessels become clogged with excess cholesterol that is present in your blood from the foods that you eat. As the cholesterol builds up on the lining of your blood vessels, it causes them to become stiff and clogged. When small vessels clog they form spider veins, while larger veins will bulge and form unsightly varicose veins.

How Varicose Veins are Treated

Thankfully, there are many different ways that varicose veins can be treated by your physician. Three of the most common ways are:

  • surgical vein stripping
  • noninvasive laser therapy
  • chemical injections

Surgical vein stripping is typically performed by a vascular surgeon and is reserved for the most severe cases of varicose veins. With this treatment, the veins are cut on each end and removed from your body. If your varicose veins are not severe, then they are treated with a noninvasive laser therapy. Laser treatment is performed by aiming a laser beam at the veins, and the results are immediate. If your varicose veins are smaller and more on the spider vein end of the spectrum, then they will be treated by injecting a salt-based solution into each vein using a very small needle. This treatment will immediately fade the varicose veins and make them much less noticeable. You can have this treatment performed at a clinic like Alaska Vein Care.

Prevention of Future Varicose Vein Development

Finally, you can help prevent the formation of varicose veins by watching your diet and exercising regularly. By avoiding foods that are high in fat and cholesterol, you can help to reduce the vein-clogging materials from floating around in your bloodstream. With regular walking and other leg exercises, you will improve the circulation in your legs. When the blood is circulating well in your body, it is able to remove the cholesterol before it has a chance to clog your veins.