Varicose veins are a common problem, especially for women. In fact, almost one-third of women report having them. While varicose veins are usually not harmful, for some people, these veins are distressing and affect their comfort and quality of life.
These large, bulging veins primarily affect the feet and legs, especially the calves. They are often blue or purple.
Many people would like to have their varicose veins treated so they can disappear but aren’t familiar with their options. Varicose veins laser treatments are popular, quick, and effective, but they may not be right for everyone.
Other vein treatments include creams and lotions that promise to “make varicose veins disappear.” However, they don’t work like many expect (and hope) they do.
So many conventional treatments like creams and lotions fail because they are not able to address the root causes of varicose veins, which are weak walls and valves in the veins.
Fortunately, the VenaSeal procedure can help. This is not a standard varicose veins laser treatment. Instead, it uses state-of-the-art, medical-grade adhesive to close off problematic varicose veins. Learn more about why VenaSeal at Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center might be the solution to your varicose veins below.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
In order to understand what VenaSeal is and how it works, it’s important to know what can cause varicose veins to develop in the first place.
Varicose veins are so common because they are caused by standing and walking, both of which people do quite a bit. While those are the two main causes of varicose veins, there are also many others, including the following:
- Sitting down for long periods of time
- An internal injury at or near the site of the veins
- Pregnancy, during which extra pressure is put on the veins
- Aging, as the vein walls and valves weaken through the years
- Genetic history of family members having varicose veins
- Being overweight, which adds stress to veins
In addition to these factors, some studies have suggested that low levels of vitamin K in the body can increase a person’s chances of developing varicose veins.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Although some people might not notice any signs or symptoms of varicose veins at all, others find that they can be uncomfortable or painful enough to become disruptive to their daily lives.
In addition to visible large, bulging, discolored veins, these are some of the most common signs and symptoms that can be associated with varicose veins:
- Skin in the area of the vein that itches and looks thin
- Legs that tire quickly
- Legs that feel weighted and heavy
- Chronically aching legs
- Feet, ankles, and legs that are often swollen
- Burning, itching, or throbbing at the vein site
If you notice any of these symptoms, you might be interested in the VenaSeal procedure, which is a non-surgical varicose vein treatment.
What is the VenaSeal Procedure?
This varicose vein treatment isn’t the same as a standard varicose veins laser treatment. While lasers use heat to treat the vein, the VenaSeal procedure uses a special vein adhesive.
If a varicose veins laser treatment isn’t the right treatment choice for you, consider VenaSeal. It’s an FDA-approved solution that diminishes varicose veins without large incisions.
After local anesthesia is given to the patient at the treatment site, a very tiny catheter is guided to the vein using ultrasound guiding technology and is inserted into the vein.
Once the catheter, or thread, is positioned correctly at the treatment site, the VenaSeal adhesive is administered in very small drops at precise locations. The adhesive closes off the vein, and the blood flow is redirected to travel to the heart via other nearby veins.
The problematic area of the vein that is bulging and uncomfortable shrinks. Over time, it is eliminated by the body’s natural processes.
The Benefits of the VenaSeal Procedure
There are many reasons our patients love this procedure. A treatment session only takes about 30 minutes, and the results are quickly noticeable. In addition, there is no downtime required; you can go right back to your normal daily schedule immediately after VenaSeal treatment.
No surgery or large incisions are required, which means none of the inconveniences that often come with surgery are a concern, either. Many patients do not need to wear compression stockings after the short procedure, and you can expect to drive yourself home, too.
With the VenaSeal vein closure system, you won’t need general anesthesia. There is only a single injection site, which means that multiple sticks with a needle are not necessary.
Are You a Good Candidate for the VenaSeal Procedure?
VenaSeal is one of the safest and most well-tolerated varicose vein treatments available. If you have varicose veins that are either symptomatic or asymptomatic, you may be able to receive this revolutionary treatment.
Most people are excellent candidates for the treatment, with the exception of those who have inflammation of the veins from blood clots or people who currently have an illness or infection of some type.
Varicose Vein Treatments at Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center
VenaSeal is an FDA-approved treatment that is quick, comfortable, and effective. It’s an optimal solution for people who don’t want to deal with any downtime or complicated incisions, inconvenient anesthesia, or any other common drawbacks to surgical vein treatments.
If you’re ready to do something once and for all about varicose veins that have been troubling you, contact Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center in Los Angeles, CA, today to schedule a consultation appointment.