If you have varicose veins, you already know how unattractive they are. You are reminded of this every time you look into a mirror, sigh, and reach for long pants or dark stockings to cover them up.
You also know how debilitating they are for your sense of self-worth and self-confidence. Making excuses to keep from showing your legs to other people – even the people you love the most – takes its toll and makes you feel old. What you might not know is that varicose veins are more than unattractive – they’re a sign that you’re in ill health. The disease that causes them (chronic venous insufficiency or CVI) causes the tiny, one-way valves that control blood flow through your veins to malfunction and allow blood to flow backwards and pool in your veins. Called venous reflux, this phenomenon is what causes the veins to become swollen and discolored. But CVI also causes impairments to your immune system and increases your risk of developing more serious conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Vein treatment not only restores the beauty of your legs, it restores your health
Only a few decades ago, the only way that doctors knew how to remove varicose veins permanently at that time was via a surgical process called “vein stripping.” It was as awful as it sounds – you had to check into a hospital and undergo general anesthesia while a surgeon made incisions along the swollen veins and then scraped them away with a scalpel. Recovery took a long time and the procedure often left scars that were as unattractive as the varicose veins had been. Modern vein removal techniques are minimally-invasive, which means that no large incisions are necessary, and that you don’t have to check in to a hospital. Your varicose veins can be permanently removed in about an hour, and in the comfort of your Flower Mound vein specialist’s offices. Here are a few of the techniques we offer to return the natural beauty to your legs, while at the same time improving your overall health:
- Sclerotherapy – This procedure allows your Flower Mound vascular doctor to inject either a foam or liquid sealing agent into CVI-damaged veins that causes them to collapse and be absorbed into surrounding tissue.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy – Flower Mound vascular doctors often use this procedure to eliminate larger varicose veins by using a local anesthetic to numb the area and then making tiny incisions in the skin. You will be encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure, because that will speed healing.
- Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) – With this procedure, a tiny laser (guided by ultrasound) is used to seal varicose veins to remove them permanently and restore proper blood flow. It is performed under local anesthetic, and you can return to your normal activities immediately afterward.
What are the advantages of these modern vein removal techniques?
First, the fact that they can be performed in the comfort of our Flower Mound offices makes them both more convenient and more economical. Second, because these procedures are minimally-invasive, they require little or no anesthesia, so they are safer for you. And third, they work, and they work fast! Within a few weeks your legs will be free of the last traces of your varicose veins. More important, your body will be free of the ravages of CVI – your circulation will improve, your swollen legs and ankles will go away, the constant feelings of tiredness and weakness will go away, and your health will begin to return to normal. So don’t put off both looking better and feeling better. Pick up a phone and call one of the best vein doctors in Texas at 972-410-5757. Dr. Robert A. Handley will schedule an initial consultation and examination and answer any questions you might have about modern vein disease treatment in Texas.