While it is becoming more and more accepted for women to turn to a cosmetic surgeon for body contouring, through procedures like liposuction, breast reduction or cellulite treatments, there is a far more common complaint that has become a thing of the past, thanks to the latest cosmetic technology: Varicose veins.
Unsightly, uncomfortable, and in many cases, downright painful, varicose veins are a scourge to women (and many men) around the world. But despite the taboos surrounding them, it is estimated that up to 41% of all women will experience abnormal leg veins by the time they reach their 50s.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins develop when a vein – which is designed to pump blood in one direction back to the heart to avoid clogging – becomes weak, allowing blood to flow back into it, becoming clogged. When this happens, the vein becomes larger, darker and more prominent. Because of the position of the leg veins, and the greater challenge they have in pumping blood to the heart, these veins are usually more susceptible to clogging.
Varicose Vein Treatment
While varicose veins often don’t need medical intervention, their unpleasant appearance makes them high on the cosmetic hit list for many women. Also, although many people say it is possible to treat spider veins with massage, wearing compression stockings, or simply putting your feet up, for the majority of women, these techniques simply aren’t enough. Luckily, there are now many ways to medically treat the unsightly condition.
A varicose vein technique often used for surface or superficial veins, Sclerotherapy is a technique whereby a physician uses chemical injections which irritate the veins, causing them to expand, adhere to each other and then close. This then allows scar tissue to form, totally stopping flow through the affected vein and preventing the creation of new blue patches.
Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy
Perhaps a more effective and permanent treatment is Endovenous Laser Ablation, which treats with a highly targeted laser that uses heat activated below the surface of the skin to seal the troublesome veins. Local anaesthesia is all that is required, and after a few weeks, the sealed veins no longer have their spidery appearance.
For the latest in varicose vein treatment, however, it is impossible to ignore Clarivein. Clarivein is a brand new technology which works by inserting a wire-tipped catheter inside the affected vein(s) with the help of ultrasound guidance. The system uses a motorised handle, which is used to rotate the wire tip of the inserted catheter, spasming the vein and forcing it to close.
But there is more good news. With Clarivein, the first treatment usually closes the vein. Even better, this procedure uses no other anaesthesia, and you can walk out of the physician’s office the same day.