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How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins for Good

How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins for Good

Varicose veins affect around 25% of adults and usually appear on the lower legs as blue or purple ropy veins on the legs. While these veins may not hurt or cause significant issues, it’s a good idea to have a vein specialist take a look before they become problematic. 

At CHW Cares, located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, our vascular surgeon Dr. Rahmen Ilkhanizadeh, offers a range of treatments for banishing unsightly or painful varicose veins.

Causes and symptoms of varicose veins

Varicose veins occur when the tiny valves inside your veins (which ensure the blood flows one way only) become damaged. The blood starts to leak backward through the affected valve(s), causing the vein to fill with blood and bulge out.

Women are more likely to get varicose veins than men due to hormonal changes that increase blood flow and cause veins to enlarge. Age and familial history of varicose veins are also factors, and if you work a job where you sit or stand a lot, your risk is increased. Being overweight can also put added strain on your circulatory system, causing vein damage

In most cases, varicose veins show up as heavy blue or purple lines standing out from the skin. Over time, the veins may become painful, swollen, or hot to the touch. The dangers of varicose veins include ulcers forming where the vein is close to the skin, bleeding, and the possibility of a blood clot forming then breaking loose and traveling to the lungs. 

Treatment for varicose veins

Ready to say goodbye to your varicose veins? We can help. Depending on the location and the severity of your varicose veins, Dr. Ilkhani may recommend one or more of the following treatments to carefully dismantle the damaged vein, so your body will naturally reroute the blood flow to nearby healthier veins.

1. Sclerotherapy

Small varicose veins can be treated with a sclerosing agent — a chemical injected into the vein that causes it to collapse. The vein remnants are flushed out of your body by your lymphatic system.

2. Endovenous radiofrequency ablation

This method involves a tiny catheter inserted into the varicose vein through which radiofrequency energy is directed to collapse the vein walls.

3. Laser therapy

This procedure uses a laser device to send a thin beam of radiation in light to shrink and close the veins.

4. Microphlebectomy

Finally, microphlebectomy or ambulatory phlebectomy is the process of removing varicose veins through tiny incisions Dr. Ilkhani makes in your skin.

Recovery time from varicose vein treatment is usually short. Dr. Ilkhani may instruct you to wear compression stocking while your legs heal to support circulation. After the old vein material dissolves, your varicose vein will be gone for good!

If you are ready to say goodbye to varicose veins, call us at 212-740-2020, or request an appointment online today.

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