As the sunny days of summer approach, many of us eagerly anticipate flaunting our legs in shorts, skirts, and swimsuits. However, if you’re among the millions who suffer from varicose veins, the thought of baring your legs may cause some anxiety. But fret not! With a variety of effective treatments available, you can bid farewell to varicose veins and confidently showcase your summer-ready legs. In this blog post, we’ll explore treatment options specifically aimed at helping you achieve beautiful and healthy legs for the summer season.
Understanding Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that usually occur in the legs. They result from weakened or damaged valves within the veins, leading to inefficient blood flow and subsequent pooling. Varicose veins can be unsightly, causing self-consciousness and discomfort, such as pain, swelling, and itching. Fortunately, advancements in medical technology have provided a range of treatments to address varicose veins and restore both the aesthetics and health of your legs.
Treatment Options for Summer-Ready Legs
- Radiofrequency Vein Ablation (RFA) – This is a minimally invasive treatment that uses heat to close off the diseased vein. A local anesthesia will be given in the area of catheter insertion. Once the vein is accessed, the catheter will be advanced to the treatment starting point. A series of shots will be given in order to numb the entire path of the catheter. Once numb, the vein is then sealed shut and the catheter is removed.
- VenaSeal – is a non-thermal treatment option for closing diseased veins. It delivers a small amount of adhesive to the inside of the vein which permanently seals it shut. This treatment has fewer shots to numb the leg and does not require compression afterward. Venaseal is for patients who have no known allergies to adhesives and acrylics, as well as being subject to insurance approval.
- Varithena – is an injectable foam for below knee veins that are tortuous (full of twists and turns) that RFA and Venaseal catheters cannot get through. The vein is accessed using a needle and then injected with foam that fills the inside of the vessel. It removes the blood and destroys the interior lining of the vein. The leg is then compressed with a special tool and the leg is wrapped for 2-3 days.
- Compression Stockings – While compression stockings may not eliminate varicose veins, they can offer relief from symptoms and prevent the condition from worsening. These specially designed stockings apply graduated pressure, providing support to the veins and aiding in proper blood circulation. Compression stockings are particularly useful during summer months when the heat can exacerbate symptoms.
Maintaining Healthy Legs
In addition to undergoing treatments, adopting a few lifestyle practices can help you maintain healthy legs:
- Regular exercise: Engaging in activities such as walking, swimming, or cycling can promote good blood circulation and strengthen leg muscles, reducing the likelihood of varicose veins.
- Healthy diet: A well-balanced diet rich in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins can support overall vascular health. Including foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can contribute to strong and resilient veins.
- Sun protection: Prolonged sun exposure can weaken the skin and lead to spider veins. Apply sunscreen regularly and seek shade when the sun is strongest to protect your legs from harmful UV rays.
- Body weight management: Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the strain on your legs and veins. It can also lower the risk of developing varicose veins or prevent existing ones from worsening.
Don’t let varicose veins hold you back from enjoying the summer season to the fullest. With a range of effective treatments available, you can confidently embrace summer fashion and activities, showcasing your beautiful and healthy legs. Consult with a qualified vein specialist who can guide you through the treatment options and help you achieve the summer-ready