Varicose veins appear as large, ropey, and discolored veins on the surface of your skin. They typically form on your legs due to poor blood flow and subsequent pooling.
There are different ways to treat varicose veins, including conservative treatments like lifestyle changes and compression stockings to ensure proper blood flow in the veins. But if the symptoms persist or get worse, then the surgical closure or removal of the affected veins may be necessary.
Treatments for varicose veins are usually done for cosmetic reasons, though they also help to relieve associated symptoms, such as pain, heaviness in your legs, and fatigue, and reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation, ulceration, and other kinds of skin changes.
The two categories of treatments are:
By closing off the affected veins, blood flow is redirected to other healthy veins, while the closed vein gradually fades away. These procedures include:
There are two key procedures for surgical vein removal:
When you get home, it’s important that you follow the directions of your doctor to ensure proper and speedy recovery. This includes wearing your compression stockings and exercising, even when sore, to prevent blood clots.