Although varicose veins are a common benign condition that many people have, this vein condition can also be a major blow to self-esteem. Varicose veins have a gnarled appearance that can make people embarrassed about their legs. Even if your varicose veins are not causing symptoms like aching, you still may want to try a treatment like VenaSeal at North Texas Vein and Vascular in Flower Mound, TX to reduce the appearance of damaged and twisted veins.
What Is VenaSeal?
So, what is VenaSeal? This treatment has a novel approach to reducing and eliminating the appearance of varicose veins on the legs. Other treatments use thermal energy or irritating solutions to damage the vein and reroute blood flow, which will then cause the varicose vein to disappear after several treatments. VenaSeal is much different.
This treatment works by using a special medical adhesive to physically seal the affected vein away. The special adhesive in this treatment is injected directly into affected veins, which then seals the vein so that blood flow can be rerouted to healthy nearby veins. When the vein is sealed, it will then be absorbed into the body and will fade from view. This treatment is considered 98% effective by clinical studies.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
Overall, this treatment is much more comfortable than other aesthetic vein treatments. This treatment will only require one injection. This injection will give the catheter used for treatment access to the vein, which greatly reduces treatment discomfort. Once the adhesive is injected into the affected vein, your treatment will be complete and you’ll be able to return to your normal daily activities.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Unlike many other treatments for varicose veins, you only need one treatment to treat any affected veins with this message. This is because this treatment completely seals off varicose veins, which then allows the body to start the vein absorption process.
With other treatments, the solutions and thermal energy will need to be exposed to the veins several times to treat the vein walls. For many people, the fact that you only need one treatment for each affected vein is one of the biggest advantages of this treatment.
How Should You Prepare for Treatment?
There is not much you will need to do to prepare for this treatment. You may need to discuss your current medications and supplements with your provider in case you need to temporarily discontinue your normal regimen until after your treatment. We may give you more specific preparation instructions based on your unique circumstances, but generally, you will not need to make many lifestyle changes to prepare for this treatment.
What Is Your Recovery Like?
Your recovery process is very quick. In fact, most people can return to their normal daily activities just one day after this treatment. Your body will respond to the treatment within a few hours, so you will be able to drive yourself home and engage in other normal activities immediately following your treatment.
During your recovery, you will be encouraged to resume exercises such as walking, biking, swimming, dancing, and other moderate cardiovascular activity that will promote healthy blood flow. You will be discouraged from standing for long periods, lifting weights, and sitting for long periods for five to seven days. Anything you can do to encourage healthy blood flow is recommended to hasten the efficacy of the treatment.
How Fast Are Your Results?
Most people will notice an improvement in the appearance of varicose veins within a few weeks of their treatment. The speed of your results will depend on factors such as your lifestyle, how well you can encourage healthy blood flow during your recovery, and the severity of your varicose veins.
The results of this treatment are gradual, so you may notice one day that your varicose veins seem less obvious, and then several weeks later you will not notice your varicose veins at all. Your body will absorb the varicose veins over time so be sure to be patient with your results.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of this treatment are intended to last for a lifetime. Veins that have been sealed off with the medical adhesive will not be able to return. That said, it’s always possible that you can develop new varicose veins in the future. If you want to enjoy long-lasting results with this treatment, then the best thing that you can do is adopt certain lifestyle changes that will prevent varicose veins from forming. Some of these changes can include:
Managing your weight is the best way to ensure results last for a long time. While being overweight isn’t necessarily the direct cause of developing varicose veins, it is a contributing factor since people who are overweight tend to have varicose veins more often than people who are at a healthy weight. Preventing significant weight gain with a balanced diet and exercise may be able to help you prevent varicose veins in the future.
Exercise and Lifestyle
Exercise is important for several reasons, particularly if you have a job where you’re standing or sitting a lot of the time. The health of your veins relies on healthy blood flow, so if you can incorporate moderate cardiovascular exercise into your daily or weekly routine, the appearance of the veins on your legs will benefit.
You may also want to consider altering certain lifestyle practices, such as drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco. Again, while these two lifestyle habits are not direct causes of varicose veins, both alcohol and tobacco consumption can stress the cardiovascular system, which affects the appearance of your veins.
Hormones and Pregnancy
Finally, if you want to prevent varicose veins in the future, then you may want to be aware of the primary causes of varicose veins in women. Women tend to get varicose veins during major hormonal shifts, such as pregnancy and menopause. It’s important to be aware that varicose veins can return in the future if you become pregnant or if you go through menopause, so this may be a time when you need to have another treatment.
What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
There are several considerable benefits for this treatment, such as the fact that you only need one treatment and that the medical adhesive is clinically effective for the vast majority of people. Some other benefits to consider include:
This treatment is minimally invasive. For your treatment, you only need one injection to insert the catheter for the treatment. This is a much more superior method than other vein treatments that may cause some discomfort, such as sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation. Both of these other vein treatments also require more injections than VenaSeal.
Reduced Recovery Time
The reduced recovery time associated with this treatment is especially important for many patients. With other vein treatments, your recovery could be as long as a week or more before you’re allowed to resume normal activities. With this treatment, you can get right back to work and most of your normal daily routine, including exercise as soon as 24 hours later. For people who lead a busy lifestyle, this benefit is very important.
No Compression Stockings
You will also not need to wear compression socks after this treatment. For other vein treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, you will need to wear compression stockings for several weeks to encourage better results. With this treatment, because the vein is immediately sealed off, the blood flow will automatically divert to nearby veins, so there is no need to wear compression stockings to alter blood flow patterns in the legs.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Most people who have varicose veins are good candidates for this treatment. You may be a candidate if other vein treatments have failed, if you have moderate to severe varicose veins, or if you want to enjoy the benefits of this treatment. You will need to attend a consultation to determine whether or not you are medically able to have this treatment.
Seal Away Varicose Veins
Nobody likes the appearance of varicose veins on the legs. Fortunately, some treatments can be used to address both the cosmetic and physical concerns of varicose veins. A treatment like VenaSeal is minimally invasive and can produce results within only a few weeks. Please contact North Texas Vein and Vascular in Flower Mound, TX today to schedule your consultation.