If you ever find yourself searching “how can I get rid of varicose veins?” look no further. Varicose vein treatments can be confusing to navigate, but we have the answers you’re looking for.
At Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center, we offer state-of-the-art varicose vein treatments for patients in and around Greater Los Angeles, CA. Stop in to see what we can do for your varicose veins.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are common, but many people don’t know what causes them. When a cluster of veins becomes enlarged, it sticks out from beneath your skin. This is usually caused by a collection of blood in the area when your veins stop working properly.
You might think these veins are unsightly, and they might be uncomfortable, especially when you must stand or walk for long periods. If you struggle with varicose veins, you likely want to improve their appearance and alleviate your discomfort.
Some of the possible causes for varicose veins include:
- Blood clots
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Injuries and trauma
- Prolonged physical labor
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
If your family members have varicose veins, you have a greater chance of developing them as you get older. Luckily, with our high-quality varicose vein treatments, you can address the problem head-on.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
Endovenous laser treatments are minimally invasive and target the underlying cause of your varicose veins. This is a quick procedure that we can perform in our office. You can go home the same day, often right after the procedure is over.
For EVLT, we apply a local anesthetic so you don’t feel anything during the treatment. We then insert a tiny wire into the affected vein to deliver laser energy. This energy causes the vein to collapse and close permanently.
After EVLT, you’ll need to wear compression garments to ensure that you get proper blood flow. This allows the area to heal faster and helps you feel more comfortable.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
This treatment is similar to EVLT but uses radiofrequency energy instead of laser energy. RFA is a minimally invasive procedure that stops blood flow to your varicose veins. This causes them to collapse and disappear.
We offer local anesthetic for this procedure as well. We insert a small catheter into the vein we’re treating. The catheter then delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein, causing its walls to collapse under the heat.
After this procedure, you will need to wear compression stockings to regulate blood flow throughout your legs. This will help the affected areas heal faster. You will notice almost immediate relief from the discomfort caused by your varicose veins.
VenaSeal is an innovative varicose vein treatment that eliminates the need for compression garments. This treatment also avoids needles.
VenaSeal uses a small catheter to deliver a special adhesive solution to the affected vein. The adhesive seals the vein shut, so it no longer transports blood throughout your leg. We apply gentle pressure to make sure the adhesive seals the vein completely.
Once we confirm that the vein is sealed using an ultrasound, you’re good to go. You do not have to wear compression stockings or follow any special recovery instructions. Most patients drive themselves home after a VenaSeal appointment.
If you’re looking for a fast and effective varicose vein treatment, ClariVein is the one for you. This treatment combines ablation techniques with chemical vein sealing to get rid of your varicose veins once and for all.
For this procedure, we administer a small amount of local anesthetic for your comfort. Then we insert a catheter with a wire tip into the affected vein and start to rotate it. This movement creates tiny abrasions on the vein walls so the vein can fully absorb the medication.
As the wire tip rotates, we inject a special medication that seals the vein. The combination of physical abrasion and vein-sealing medication effectively closes the vein off from any blood flow, making it disappear from sight.
After the procedure, you will need to wear compression garments for two weeks. We strongly encourage patients to walk around often after the ClariVein procedure to keep their blood flowing and help the area heal.
Many of our varicose vein treatments use ultrasound guidance. This helps us visualize the affected area and ensure that each vein seals properly. That way, your varicose veins will not come back.
Once we inject the vein sealant medication during this procedure, the vein starts to close and your body will eliminate it as waste material later on. This natural elimination process gets rid of the problem for good.
If you have multiple varicose veins to treat in one session, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is your best option. We will evaluate your skin and varicose veins to make sure that you’re a good candidate. Some patients may be ineligible because of their anatomy and skin, so it’s important to schedule a consultation first.
Conservative Approaches to Treatment
We understand that some patients may prefer non-invasive treatment methods, and we offer several treatments for them.
We can attempt to treat your varicose veins with medication. Some over-the-counter medications can reduce inflammation and pain associated with varicose veins.
Compression garments promote healthy blood flow in your legs. These can help you stay on your feet without as much discomfort, naturally redirecting the blood flow in beneficial ways. We will discuss the best type of compression stockings for your needs.
Stop in for Varicose Vein Treatments
If you’re in Greater Los Angeles, CA, stop by to see us at Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center. We offer a wide variety of varicose vein treatments to help you look and feel better. Book an appointment with us today.