Varicose veins are a common issue that effect many people in the Columbus, Ohio area. Varicose veins are unhealthy veins that are the result of chronic venous insufficiency and can impact your daily life. Whether they are a cosmetic issue or health-related, getting treatment can help improve quality-of-life. One of the biggest questions we see in our industry is, “Do varicose veins ever go away on their own?”. The answer is more complex than a simple yes or no. With today’s treatment options, you no longer have to live with unsightly veins, even if they don’t go away on their own.
What Causes Varicose Veins
While varicose veins impact both men and women, and the chances of having varicose veins can rise as you age. As part of the circulatory process, veins contain tiny valves that open and close to move blood upward towards the heart. When those valves become damaged, blood may get stuck in the veins and begin to build up over time. As a result of the buildup, veins can become stretched and enlarged, which is what is defined as “varicose”. The reason that most varicose veins appear in the lower body, especially the legs, is that because of gravity they require the hardest working valves. Paired with how gravity works, the chances of varicose veins increase even more with:
- Overweight individuals
- Inactive individuals
- Individuals that sit or stand for large portions of the day
- Those with a family history of varicose veins
The best way to determine the risk of varicose veins is to get a free consultation from your local vein treatment center.
Will Varicose Veins Go Away?
While it is impossible to account for every situation, in most cases, varicose veins will not go away on their own. If left untreated, they may become worse and lead to further health problems. There are a few situations where they may go away on their own, but it is far from a certainty. Those situations are:
- Varicose veins that occur during pregnancy
- Varicose veins that occur because of weight gain
While there is a possibility that your varicose veins may go away in the post-pregnancy time or if you go through a weight loss, the best way to ensure that you don’t have to live with unhealthy veins is to see an experienced doctor.
There are also ways to reduce the symptoms of varicose veins, although none of them actually treat the veins. Massage can be a great way help reduce the swelling or discomfort associated with varicose veins, but as stated previously, it will not relieve you of your unhealthy veins.
How to Treat Varicose Veins
- VNUS ClosureFast
- Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
- VenaSeal™ Closure
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Each treatment option cures varicose veins in a different way, but each are effective depending on your situation. With the new technology offered today, the downtime after your vein treatment is very minimal! While compression stockings may be recommended, you can usually return to your normal activities within a day. A free consultation and an ultrasound can outline the benefits of each treatment, and which one is perfect for you.
Contact us today to get of your varicose veins and have the healthy life you deserve!