For many, varicose veins cause discomfort and self-consciousness. So, what are the options for getting rid of them? Here we look at the most effective treatments, and the ones to avoid.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are swollen veins that bulge towards the surface of the skin in the legs, ankles and feet. Symptoms include itching, aches, muscle cramps and heaviness.
How do varicose veins develop?
Varicose veins occur when one-way valves designed to push blood back towards the heart weaken over time. Thanks to gravity and weakened vein walls, the blood pools creating a swollen, bulging appearance under the skin. Genetics aside, the most common causes are obesity, pregnancy, lack of exercise, and standing for long periods.
Do over-the-counter treatments work?
People often put off addressing their varicose veins until the last minute. It’s human nature to avoid acting on things that feel difficult or daunting, after all. Discomfort or the desire to bare your legs on holiday can make it tempting to reach for a topical ‘treatment’ in the hope of a miracle. Some products make bold claims about being able to shrink or eradicate your varicose veins. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence to back such claims. You may be able to improve skin texture or reduce inflammation with some over-the-counter products. However, lotions and potions cannot cure varicose veins. Ultimately, your money is better spent on effective, targeted treatment.
Treatments that do work
Thankfully, there are cost-effective non-surgical treatment options available. Requiring only local anaesthetic, these procedures are carried out on a walk-in-walk-out basis, allowing you to get back to your day.
How Premier Veins can help
We’ll tailor our treatment packages to suit your exact requirements, giving you the best results with minimal recovery time. Our world-leading consultant surgeons specialise in the following procedures:
Endothermal ablation — recommended by NICE as the first-line treatment for varicose veins.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) — uses radio waves to create heat within the vein, making it collapse and close off. Can be used with Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy.
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy — a chemical is injected into the vein causing it to collapse. This treatment can be used in conjunction with radiofrequency ablation.
Benefits of choosing Premier Veins
Our treatments are covered by a 12-month satisfaction guarantee