If you have noticed abnormal veins on your legs or anywhere else on your body, you may be considering a visit to a vein clinic. If you are thinking of making an appointment, ask yourself the following questions to determine if it’s the right choice.
1. Are my veins really abnormal?
Abnormal veins look different from normal veins. If you have spider veins, you may notice small veins close to the surface of your skin. These veins often form web-like patterns. If you have varicose veins, you may notice swollen, gnarled veins, usually on your legs. These veins may be close to the skin’s surface, or they may be located deeper tissues.
2. Are my veins causing problems?
Some people may not be bothered by their abnormal veins. However, many people with abnormal veins are embarrassed by their appearance. People with varicose veins may also experience uncomfortable symptoms because of their veins, such as burning, tingling, pain, cramping and restlessness. If you have any of these issues, you should consider seeking treatment at a vein clinic.
3. Have I tried conservative treatments?
If you have painful varicose veins in your legs, you may benefit from certain conservative treatments. For example, you may experience fewer symptoms if you wear compression stockings and/or elevate your limbs on a regular basis. Some patients may also benefit from losing excess weight or beginning an exercise program.
Unfortunately, many patients with varicose veins will still continue to experience symptoms even after conservative treatments. If you’ve tried at-home treatments without success, you may need to visit a vein clinic to learn more about the other options available.
4. Am I interested in vein clinic treatments?
Bellamah Vein Center offers several treatment options for patients with spider veins and varicose veins. Some of the treatments available include:
- VeinGogh – VeinGogh uses small bursts of heat energy to treat spider veins.
- Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy is an injection therapy that treats the interior of spider veins with a special solution designed to make them collapse.
- Radiofrequency ablation – Radiofrequency ablation treats varicose veins with radiofrequency energy.
- Endovenous laser therapy – Endovenous laser therapy uses laser energy to eliminate even larger varicose veins.
- Phlebectomy – Phlebectomy is a procedure in which the surgeon removes varicose veins from the body entirely through small incisions.
Each of these treatments is minimally invasive and unlikely to cause serious complications. However, these options still may not be right for everyone. If you’re interested in these treatments, please contact Bellamah Vein Center today to schedule an appointment.