Now is the best time to treat varicose veins. While summer is quite some time away, investing in treatment during the colder months means recovery is far easier to conceal and there’s no chance of hot weather to trouble you. As we look into spring, we usually see the biggest increase in interest and numbers of procedures taking place but are they worth treating? We wanted to explain why varicose veins are worth treating for both medical and cosmetic reasons.
Not all varicose veins are visible through the skin; some are deep inside, even inside the female pelvis and in unusual places like the vagina or scrotum. Additionally, not all varicose veins are painful. However, it’s not advisable to wait and see if it does become painful.
Varicose veins are likely to worsen considerably over time, meaning treatment is inevitable. While many start off painless, most end up becoming painful. If you have varicose veins, we always advise people to explore treatment options and prepare a potential treatment plan.
Top 5 reasons to treat varicose veins
- Varicose veins worsen over time, potentially leading to further complications and considerable discomfort.
- Cost-effective long-term solutions available, avoiding the hassle of compression garments and a host of non-surgical treatments.
- Safe and effective treatments are available from highly experienced vascular surgeons who treat thousands of patients a year.
- They are cosmetic and medical treatments – added benefits of being good for you inside and out.
- Procedures are quick and minimally invasive, meaning you can get back to your life without much disruption, saving you time and money.
Medical treatments for varicose veins have advanced considerably over the past 10 years, leading to increasingly minimally invasive treatments that can be safely and successfully completed in less than an hour under local anaesthetic. Modern clinics typically no longer offer the vein stripping method, favouring advanced methods of vein closure and disruption like the laser varicose vein treatment EVLA and foam or liquid sclerotherapy. Prices and standards vary across the private health industry so ensure you carefully research the individual clinic and vascular surgeon as well as aftercare provision.
Varicose veins are damaged veins. There’s little going back, only worsening over time. The only real solution is to remove or shut down the varicose vein. Certainly, we can learn a lot from non-medical treatments but there are certain things that are clear when it comes to medical conditions.
Don’t leave it until it’s too late. At least research your options. It is both a medical and a cosmetic issue for many with varicose veins in the legs. We recommend all patients take time to research and get to know what’s available. While non-medical treatments may alleviate the symptoms of varicose veins, medical treatments are the effective treatments for a permanent solution.