If unsightly swollen veins are troubling you, the vascular team at XBody Health, Wellness & Spa in Wayne, New Jersey, can help. Don’t hesitate to seek treatment for your varicose veins. Book your free consultation online or by phone today to learn more.
The best way to understand varicose veins is to consider the way your veins work in regards to the movement of blood throughout your body.
Veins are one-way vessels that transport deoxygenated blood back to your heart from the rest of your body. This means that many of your veins are working against gravity to move blood up your legs, arms, and torso back towards your heart. As mentioned, your veins are equipped with tiny valves that attempt to ensure your blood doesn’t flow backward. With time, those tiny valves can become weakened or damaged. When such valves stop functioning normally, blood in that portion of your vein can flow backward creating a build-up of pressurized blood in the affected vein. This is precisely what helps cause varicose veins. Depending on their severity, varicose veins can begin to bulge against your skin and create unsightly reddish, bluish and purple discoloration.
There isn’t a clear reason as to why varicose veins develop or as to why some people seem to develop and suffer from them more than others. However, these are some of the common risk factors for developing varicose veins:
If left untreated, varicose veins will not improve on their own. Treatment is generally recommended to improve both appearance and symptoms.
Vein disease can create numerous symptoms in both your lower back and your legs:
There are methods for treating varicose veins such as wearing compression stockings, using laser technology, and performing vein stripping. However, at XBody Health, Wellness & Spa, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is the most successful and least invasive method available for treating varicose veins. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatments can eliminate or dramatically reduce the appearance and symptoms associated with varicose veins. This 30-minute in-office procedure relies on heat created from radiofrequency energy to eliminate the malfunctioning veins that are giving you discomfort and causing your symptoms.
Upon arrival for your treatment, you’ll receive a local anesthetic called Lidocaine in the area requiring treatment. Lidocaine is the same agent utilized whenever you have care received at your dentist’s office. Using ultrasound imaging and guidance, a small catheter is guided through the targeted vein. Once in place, the catheter releases controlled radiofrequency energy, which produces heat that causes the affected vein’s walls to collapse on itself and successfully close. This in essence effectively seals off the faulty vein. The catheter is then removed and the vein is gradually absorbed and eliminated by your body’s natural healing process.
Radiofrequency ablation does not require hospitalization or general anesthesia and has a very low rate of post-treatment drawbacks. You may experience some bruising and slight tenderness in the treated area. However, these are extremely minimal compared to other varicose vein treatments such as vein stripping or laser therapy. Upon completion of your vein treatment, you are able to return to your daily activities. Xbody, Health, Wellness & Spa suggests that its patients come in for sessions spaced one week apart to remove each of the affected veins requiring treatment. Due to the utilization of lidocaine, only one vein can be treated per weekly session for your personal safety.
Avoiding treatment of your varicose veins can lead to complications as time wears on. Some patients with varicose veins can develop ulcers in their legs, while others can develop serious pain and immobility.
Learn more about our varicose vein services via a complimentary consultation, which can be booked either online or by phone.