Have you stopped wearing shorts and skirts because you’re self-conscious about varicose veins? Believe it or not, a number of safe and effective ways are available to treat this common problem. At Optimum Medical in Newport Beach, California, Ellen Song M.D., and the team provide out-patient vein treatment to men and women alike. Request your consultation today. Call the office or click the online booking tool to make an appointment.
Varicose veins are large, twisted, visible veins that typically appear on your legs and thighs. Any vein can become varicose, but it’s more common in your lower extremities. This is because standing and walking upright puts pressure on the veins in your legs and feet.
In most cases, varicose veins are a cosmetic concern that affects your confidence and self-esteem. For some people, however, varicose veins cause burning or itching and general discomfort.
The most common cause of varicose veins is weak or damaged valves in the veins. Your arteries carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body and your veins return blood from the rest of your body to your heart.
The veins in your legs have to work against gravity to carry the blood back up to the heart. Muscle contractions in your legs push blood to your heart. At the same time, a series of small valves close so your blood won’t flow backward.
If the valves in your veins are weak or damaged, blood flows backward and pools. Over time, this process creates varicose veins.
Anyone can experience varicose veins, but there are certain factors that increase your risk. These include:
Genetics also seems to play a role. For example, if your parents or grandparents had varicose veins, you’re more likely to as well.
The treatment for varicose veins depends on the severity of your symptoms and aesthetic goals for treatment. At Optimum Medical, the team offers:
A microphlebectomy is an in-office surgical procedure that removes varicose veins. During microphlebectomy, your doctor makes a series of small incisions on the surface of your skin and uses small crochet-line hooks to remove unsightly veins. After treatment, your doctor wraps your leg in a compression garment and gives you careful recovery instructions.
Sclerotherapy is another in-office treatment that involves your doctor injecting a medical-grade sclerosant, a chemical solution, into your varicose veins. The sclerosant causes your veins to shrink and collapse, allowing your blood to reroute to healthier veins in your body. The team usually recommends sclerotherapy for small or medium varicose veins.
During endovenous laser ablation, your doctor numbs your legs with a topical anesthetic and inserts a laser fiber beneath your skin and into a varicose vein. Once in place, your doctor turns the machine on, which transmits heat, causing your vein to shrink and collapse. Endovenous laser ablation is particularly effective at treating large varicose veins.
Don’t let varicose veins affect your self-esteem, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Optimum Medical today.