Significant changes to your body can impact the health and appearance of your veins. Varicose veins are a condition that specifically stem from weight gain, pregnancy, heredity or hormone imbalances. Although the condition can lead to a variety of health concerns, many people are concerned about the bulging and discoloration effects varicose veins can have on their bodies. These aesthetic concerns will also lead to physical comfort as the condition worsens. Treating the appearance of varicose veins is important, however in order to fully regain the function of your limbs and veins, targeting the underlying cause of varicose veins should be the first priority and will eventually relieve any cosmetic issues. Here are some solutions you can try to treat and care for your varicose veins.
- Dietary changes
The intake of certain vitamins and minerals has been shown to decrease the appearance of varicose veins and improve their strength. Vitamin C and E are both known to increase the amounts of elastin and collagen in the body, which make the veins more durable and better able to push blood upward toward the heart instead of pooling in the limbs. Additionally, eating more raw foods (like fruits and vegetables) can increase the amount of other proteins and antioxidants in the body that combat varicose veins.
- Increased exercise
Too much weight on the body can increase the amount of pressure placed on the veins, which work against gravity to push blood back up to the heart. With the added pressure, veins begin to weaken and blood tends pool, which is why weight loss is a factor that significantly reduces varicose veins. Starting a new exercise regimen or adjusting your current routine to specifically target the health of your veins can relieve added pressure and improve their appearance.
- Compression stockings
In addition to diet and exercise, wearing a compression stocking can reduce the pressure placed on the legs by squeezing the muscles and pushing the blood upward, essentially improving circulation. Compression stockings are tight at the ankle and loosest toward the calf, helping return the blood back to your heart. The compression will keep blood from pooling in one specific place and alleviate varicose veins.
Treatment Available at Canada Vein Clinics
Medical treatment is also available for varicose veins, which removes the condition from the body and keeps it from causing further damage. Canada Vein Clinics provides some of the most advanced technology in laser treatment for varicose veins and provides treatment in a way that targets your condition specifically.
Endovenous Laser Therapy: A nonsurgical procedure that administers pulses of energy to the thigh, which transmits down into the varicose vein and shrinks it. The laser targets the thigh in order to debilitate the source of the vein condition, and once the vein is closed off, blood will begin to flow naturally.
ClariVein Treatment: An outpatient procedure that involves placing a rotating wire catheter into the varicose vein by inserting it through the skin. The catheter releases medication onto the walls of the vein through rotation, which works to shrink it in size. The procedure is nonsurgical and does not require anesthesia.
Sclerotherapy: An injection containing sclerosing solution that narrows the vein so that it eventually disappears. Sclerotherapy is recommended for those who have smaller or less intrusive veins.
VenaSeal: A medical superglue used to close off the varicose veins associated with poor blood flow. VenaSeal is injected through a catheter down into the saphenous vein where the adhesive flows into the varicose veins and permanently closes them. The appearance of varicose veins is eventually eliminated over time.
Mini-Phlebectomy: An alternative treatment for varicose veins that uses hooks to remove the affected areas. The procedure is minimally invasive, using ultrasound to find the specific varicose veins and extract them from the body.
If you are suffering from varicose veins, the professionals at Canada Vein Clinics can provide the treatment you need. For more information, please contact us and schedule a complimentary consultation.