Varicose Veins Removal – What To Do About Swollen Veins

If you’re looking into varicose vein removal, then this blog is a great place to start. If you are wondering if there is a way to get rid of noticeable varicose and thread veins or if you are tired of covering up your legs and hiding your veins, the good news is that there are simple treatments for both varicose veins and thread (spider) veins. And best of all, they’re totally non-invasive.

First, let’s understand exactly which issue you’re struggling with. Varicose veins are swollen or enlarged veins, which appear in the legs. These are easily visible and often discoloured, making you feel self-conscious.

Thread veins are similar but are not swollen, they simply appear as tiny lines of red or blue under the surface of the skin. These can appear on both the legs and the face, having a similar impact on your confidence. 

While both vein issues can greatly affect how you feel about your body, you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are lots of safe and effective treatments available to you.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose and thread veins can happen to anyone and can vary in severity. Most people go about their normal lives while living with swollen veins, although they can have some noticeable symptoms that include:

  • Aching, uncomfortable or heavy legs
  • Burning or throbbing from the veins
  • Muscle cramps around the affected area
  • Tight or itchy skin where veins are swollen

So what causes this frustrating condition, sometimes requiring varicose vein removal? 

Varicose veins start as normal, healthy veins, just like all the others that run through your body. Veins allow blood to flow through, using tiny valves to stop the blood from going backwards, but if these vein valves are weakened, they can fail and allow blood to flow back and build up. This is what causes the visible effects of varicose and thread veins. 

The older you are, the more likely you are to develop varicose veins. Other contributing factors include genetics (if you have a family member who also has them), having a job that requires you to stand for a long time and pregnancy.

Health conditions can also cause them, but every individual will experience varicose veins differently. They may appear on a small patch in extremely vibrant bruise colours or may cover a large area. It’s important to note that thread veins are not the same as varicose veins, and although they have similar causes, there are different treatments for each condition.

Treatment 1: Sclerotherapy

When it comes to varicose vein removal, sclerotherapy is the ultimate solution.

This is a fast-acting and hugely satisfying treatment, with minimal downtime compared to surgical options. Sclerotherapy involves injecting specialist foam into the veins that are causing the issue. 

The foam agitates the lining of the veins, triggering your body to clot and break down those problem veins that are no longer in use. Blood will reroute through other, healthier veins, leaving your circulation unaffected. This safe and natural process can give you impressive results from just one treatment. 

You may experience a stinging sensation as the foam enters the vein, but you can soon enjoy blemish-free legs that you’ll be proud to show off!

Treatment 2: Thread Removal

If you struggle with thread or spider veins (sometimes also referred to as capillary or broken veins), then you have a specialist treatment at your disposal. Thread vein removal works in a similar way to varicose vein removal, but it uses laser energy instead of injections.

Our Cynosure Elite + laser uses light energy delivered directly to the vein in short pulses. This energy absorption forces the vessels to clot, and for your body to break the veins down naturally. Throughout this treatment, no harm is caused to surrounding areas as we can target the troublesome veins specifically. 

Again, it’s possible to experience some soreness during the laser treatment, but this will quickly pass, leaving you with enviable results that can last for years. For the best result, you will likely need 3-4 treatments in total, but this can depend on several factors which we discuss in your initial consult. 

Is It Safe?

Yes! When carried out by an experienced and qualified clinician, varicose vein removal is safe and provides long-lasting results. Both sclerotherapy and thread vein removal are much less invasive alternatives to surgical procedures such as ligation and stripping, where the veins are removed surgically. 

The side effects of thread vein removal are minimal, with the possibility of some soreness or bruising that will settle over the next few days. Side effects of sclerotherapy are soreness around the treated area, but it is advised to avoid exercise for 4-6 weeks following treatment. 

With either solution, you can expect visible results from just one treatment, although more sessions may be necessary for thread veins depending on how extensive or severe they are.

Ready For Varicose Vein Removal?

Now you know what causes varicose veins, they may not seem like such a scary issue to solve. Especially since sclerotherapy and laser treatments can help you in just one session.

If you’re ready to be free of your damaged veins, why not book a consultation to see which treatment would be best for you? There’s no reason you should have to live with uncomfortable and unsightly veins when there are easy, safe and effective treatments out there.

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