One of the questions people frequently ask is whether there is there a cure for varicose veins. So, in this week’s article, we thought we’d answer that for you. But before we do, let’s look at the reasons people get varicose veins in the first place.
Why do we get varicose veins?
Veins form an essential part of the circulatory system; they return blood to the heart after body cells exchange waste products for Oxygen. Varicose veins, however, are a sign of an underlying problem and may develop through a combination of underlying factors; weakened vein walls, high venous pressures, and faulty valves. Healthy valves open to allow blood flow, then close to stop it from flowing backwards. When this simple pump system malfunctions, the blood pools, creating a bulging knotted look.
In short, it is venous insufficiency that causes varicose veins.
Varicose veins are a common issue in New Zealand. Up to 40% of women and 25% of men suffer from varicose veins of varying severity. Additionally, plenty of people in their 20s and 30s are also unfortunately affected.
Is there a cure for varicose veins?
Technically, no, there is no cure for varicose veins. The venous insufficiency that causes them results in permanent damage to the valves, which control the flow of blood back to the heart and lungs. But, while it is impossible to cure the underlying predisposing varicose disease process itself, the treatments we offer at enhanceskin certainly cure the painful and debilitating symptoms of varicose veins. Thus, allowing you to live the active life you want to.
How we Help:
Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGS)
Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGS) uses specialised ultrasound equipment to guide sclerosant injections, permanently closing the vein. This procedure is virtually painless, so it requires no anaesthesia and takes just an hour. UGS can be less effective on larger veins and so is generally used for smaller calibre veins either by itself or in conjunction with EVLA.
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) uses targeted laser energy to seal the vein shut. After administration of local anaesthetic, we insert a needle, then feed a laser fibre up through the needle into the vein. Once in position and after a further local anaesthetic, the fibre with its laser light is slowly withdrawn, shrinking and sealing off the vein. This takes approximately an hour and has a 99% success rate (even after five years* and the studies are now out to 15 years). Additionally, it offers immediate relief from physical symptoms.
Don’t let varicose veins stop you from living the life you want; talk to us about treatment options and contact us here. We offer a free, no-obligation, varicose vein assessment.