5 Mistakes To Avoid When Treating Your Veins
Whether your veins are purple, swollen or ropey one thing is for certain: they tend to look unattractive not to mention the possibility of affecting your circulation.
But as unattractive as spider veins and varicose veins may be, it is important that they are treated correctly – to reduce or eradicate any future associated health issues, and to substantially reduce the amount of treatments needed in the future.
Treating your veins is important, and not only for aesthetic reasons. In doing so, you can also reduce the chance of suffering from long-term leg swelling, pigmentation, and aching. But for your veins to be treated correctly, we think you need to avoid the following mistakes:
Mistake 1: Passing Off Varicose Veins As Being “Common”
While it is true that many of us suffer from varicose veins, that does not mean that they should be shrugged off as being just an eyesore. Varicose veins can be the result of a present health issue or can be the cause of a future health problem.
The solution is to speak with a health care professional who specialises in vein problems, who will likely arrange for an ultrasound so that they can:
a) See where the varicose vein originates; and
b) Determine what further action can be taken from there and advise on whether treatment will benefit you.
Mistake 2: Accepting Older Treatment Methods as the Best Form of Treatment
Varicose veins have been affecting men and women for centuries with the best treatment being surgery until recently. Owing to new advanced in technology Endovenous Laser Ablation and Radiofrequency Ablation which can be performed in a doctor’s rooms are now generally considered safer and more effective options than surgery. These procedures very rarely require time off work, have a slightly higher rate of success than surgery for most patients, and are “walk-in walk-out”.
Mistake 3: Accepting Sclerotherapy As A Treatment For Big Varicose Veins
Sclerotherapy for treating large varicose veins is generally not considered to be a great treatment choice owing to the risk of significant soreness developing. Although usually much cheaper than other treatments, it’s effectiveness decreases the larger the vein size is i.e. the bigger the vein is the less likely sclerotherapy will work and the more pain you will get with the treatment. This is why sclerotherapy is often used as a side treatment to the endovenous laser and radiofrequency treatments.
Do your research and learn about the latest methods of treatment, whether they are appropriate for you, and what they involve. Only then will you be able to find the best varicose vein clinic for your specific circumstance.
Mistake 4: Waiting Too Long To Treat Your Veins
Varicose veins will not go away and so if you have symptoms of throbbing, aching, swelling or a generally feeling of heaviness it is a good idea to have you veins checked out by a doctor with expertise in the field. As with almost all problems in life, the sooner you tackle your varicose veins, the better.
Mistake 5: Over Treating Your Veins With Sclerotherapy
Varicose veins and spider veins can be over treated, in particular with too much sclerotherapy being performed. Over-treatment can result in new small veins forming, soreness, or the potentially a higher risk of complications being caused. We think it is a good idea to have some time off after treatment sessions so that your body can heal properly. At The Vein Institute, we don’t recommend more than 3 sclerotherapy sessions for each leg each year.
If you are in the Canberra, Sydney, Blue Mountains, or Bowral areas, contact us at The Vein Institute. Our experienced doctors will determine the cause of the varicose vein and assess how it should be most appropriately treated.
We invite you to call us today on 1300 981 402.