Spring’s recent arrival means one thing: Summertime and its longer days, plentiful sunshine, warm outdoor weather, and skin-baring clothes are just around the corner.
But if you have conspicuous, unsightly, or uncomfortable varicose veins on your thigh, behind your knee, or along your lower leg, you may feel less than thrilled about the fast-approaching swimsuit season.
Luckily, our seasoned team of vascular experts at Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, can help you get rid of problematic veins quickly, safely, and without surgery or downtime.
Read on to find out how a minimally invasive, maximally effective varicose vein treatment called Varithena® collapses and fades unwanted varicose veins to give you smooth, clear legs — just in time for swimsuit season.
About one in three adults (35%) in the United States has varicose veins, or visibly distorted veins that swell, twist, and bulge against the surface of the skin. Most varicosities develop in the legs, where veins are under greater pressure to keep blood flowing toward the heart.
While weight loss, increased physical activity, and wearing compression stockings can stop or slow varicose vein progression, conservative treatment measures can’t improve swollen veins or make them go away.
But an advanced, minimally invasive vein removal treatment can.
Varithena uses an FDA-approved prescription “microfoam” medication to collapse targeted veins both above and below the knee, effectively fading or erasing unwanted varicose veins and relieving vein-related symptoms in the process. It’s so effective that most people get the results they’re after with just one quick Varithena treatment session.
Varithena is an ideal solution for small to mid-sized varicose veins that are fully visible along the surface of your skin. It’s a quick and virtually painless in-office treatment that takes less than an hour to complete. Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect:
Varithena isn’t a surgical procedure that requires incisions and stitches; instead, it’s a minimally invasive treatment that involves one or two brief and gentle needle sticks. Accordingly, there’s minimal preparation — we simply numb the injection sites, and you’re ready for the treatment.
Next, we inject a small amount of the microfoam medication into your damaged leg vein. The microfoam expands inside the vessel, irritating the surrounding wall and causing it to collapse inward.
As your blood flow reroutes itself to healthy nearby veins, the microfoam disperses in your bloodstream and gets flushed away by your lymphatic system. We can treat more than one varicose vein in a single Varithena session.
After we apply bandages to the injection site, you don a compression stocking on your treated leg. You need to wear this compression garment for the next two weeks, as it’s designed to aid circulation and support vein health.
While most people can resume normal activities right after the procedure, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a week and long stretches of inactivity for at least a month. Taking daily walks helps support lower extremity circulation, too.
In the days and weeks following Varithena procedure, your collapsed vein forms into harmless scar tissue that gradually fades away as it’s reabsorbed by your body. Most microfoam-treated veins fade significantly or disappear completely within a few weeks.
Clinical studies show that most people who treat problematic varicose veins with Varithena microfoam experience substantial if not total improvement of vein-related symptoms (leg pain, heaviness, swelling, and throbbing) and appearance after just one treatment.
Following your Varithena treatment, you can expect to see a noticeable difference in the size and appearance of the treated vein within a week, but it may take up to three weeks for your vein to fade away completely.
Swimsuit-ready legs that are no longer marred by varicose veins are just one quick and easy Varithena treatment away — so why wait? Call or click online to schedule a consultation at Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC at either of our offices in Somerville or Hillsborough, New Jersey today.