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While many people suffer from varicose veins, some have a higher risk of developing them. For instance, if blood relatives have varicose veins, you have a higher risk, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. Other people get them from sitting or standing for long periods. The condition also becomes more common with age and during pregnancy.
Here are three common questions about varicose veins:
1) Isn’t treatment for varicose veins only for cosmetic purposes?
No, said Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center.
“Varicose vein disease can lead to many symptoms including swelling, aching, cramping, fatigue, heaviness, itching and burning,” she said.
If left untreated, varicose vein disease can lead to hyperpigmentation (brownish discoloration), and ulcers. Additionally, people with varicose vein disease also have an increased risk of blood clots.
2) How do I know if my veins are varicose veins?
After an initial consultation with an Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center physician, you will have an ultrasound study to determine the location and extent of the abnormal veins in both legs. After that, a treatment plan will be developed to properly address your vein disease. Eterna MedSpa offers a variety of services, including laser spider vein treatment, sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, and Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA).
3) How long until my legs look better and the veins are gone?
Any and all vein procedures take up to six months before you are totally healed in the cosmetic sense.
“It is common that the veins may look worse before they look better,” Malinowski said.
Wearing compression stockings will help your veins heal faster and make your legs look better after treatment as well. That’s because compression will help keep veins closed, reduce inflammation, and ensure the integrity of the treatment.