Varicose veins range from a minor cosmetic concern for some, to a symptomatic condition that impacts quality of life for others. Where do you fall in the spectrum? The good news is there are effective vein treatments today that eliminate both the cosmetic issue and uncomfortable symptoms with minimal discomfort and downtime. Here are some basic guidelines to help you know when it is time to see a doctor for your varicose veins.
Taking Care of a Cosmetic Problem
Many people see varicose veins as merely a cosmetic issue. While this may be true in some cases, the cosmetic concern can be enough to keep you from wearing certain types of clothing and participating in some types of activities. If you find yourself facing the warm weather season with dread, cosmetic treatments for varicose veins are available. While insurance does not typically cover vein treatment for purely cosmetic reasons, our assortment of treatment options allows you to find a treatment that will help you regain your confidence without breaking the bank.
Eliminating Painful Symptoms
For others, varicose veins can become a painful condition characterized by aching, swelling and cramping in the lower legs. Some patients report that their legs get sore and fatigued by the end of the day, which may prohibit them from doing things they once enjoyed. If you are experiencing any of these uncomfortable symptoms, the good news is the same vein treatments that eliminate the appearance of varicose veins will also eliminate those symptoms. Some patients report a nearly instantaneous relief from symptoms once the procedure is completed.
Another symptom of varicose veins is skin changes that often occur around the lower leg and ankle. Skin can become thick, leathery and discolored around the area of the swollen vein. This symptom is caused by less blood getting to the skin and tissue in the area. If left unchecked, skin changes can progress to the formation of open sores, known as venous ulcers. These sores can be very painful and have a high recurrence rate even if they are properly treated. It is important to seek vein treatment at the first sign of skin changes when possible to prevent further complications from occurring.
Vein treatments today are much less invasive than surgical procedures of the past. Using innovative technology like radiofrequency energy and laser therapy, we are able to eliminate unsightly, uncomfortable veins with little discomfort or downtime. To learn more about your options in varicose vein treatment, contact Incredible Veins Skin & Body at 818-446-2995.