Varicose veins can be a major nuisance. More than just being unsightly they cause discomfort. For these reasons, many people seek treatment for their varicose veins. If you’ve decided to undergo treatment for your varicose veins, you might have some questions or concerns. Here are some common myths about varicose vein treatment debunked.
My Varicose Veins Don’t Hurt, So I don’t Need Treatment
Moderate and less severe varicose veins often do not come with constant discomfort or swelling. However, many people experience symptoms such as itchiness, restlessness, and leg heaviness. Treatment can alleviate many of these symptoms.
Removing Veins Will Damage Blood Flow to My Legs
When varicose veins form, the vein stops functioning properly, allowing blood to leak down away from the heart and lungs. For this reason, removing these veins will actually help blood circulation in the affected leg rather than damage it.
Varicose Veins are a Natural Part of Aging
Though varicose veins increase with age, venous insufficiency is not healthy. They have many contributing factors such as pregnancy, excessive weight gain, and sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Varicose Vein Treatment Involves Pulling Veins Out
Although pulling veins out is one option for treatment, there are many minimally invasive options. Sclerotherapy or ablation, for example, have short recovery periods with great success rates.
Varicose Vein Treatments are Expensive
These treatments are actually covered by most insurance plans. In cases where insurance does not cover the procedure, there are options available to help you afford the procedures.
Varicose Vein Treatments are Painful
Most of these treatments are minimally invasive, causing only minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. There are no incisions required.
Varicose Veins Will Come Back After Treatment
When varicose veins are treated, they are completely destroyed or removed, meaning they cannot come back. However, new ones can form. Dr Attaran can advise you on ways to lower recurrence.
It’s Too Late to Treat My Varicose Veins
Even if your varicose veins have progressed far enough that you experience circulatory issues like skin darkening or ulcers, treatment can still dramatically improve the appearance of your legs and help heal the ulcers.
Varicose Veins Will Go Away On Their Own
Many people hope that varicose veins will subside over time. Unfortunately, varicose veins will not go away without direct intervention. If anything, they will get worse.
Varicose Veins are a Women’s Issue
Varicose veins are more common in women than men. However, many men also experience varicose veins.