Is Varicose Vein Treatment Permanent?
- Posted on: Feb 28 2019
It has been estimated that approximately one in five American adults will develop one or more varicose veins in their lifetime. Usually, these bulging veins do not show up until later in life. When they do, they may cause several uncomfortable symptoms, such as aching, burning, and mild cramping. The biggest concern that we hear from patients, though, is that their varicose veins are cosmetically frustrating. Their hope is that, by removing varicose veins, they can feel better about their appearance for good.
Many of our patients ask if it’s possible that varicose veins will come back after they undergo treatment. As much as we wish we could say varicose vein treatment is once-and-done for every patient, we can’t. The fact is that varicose veins can represent a chronic vein condition in which new veins may develop in the future.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are the visibly dilated, twisted vessels that can be seen through the skin. They may become discolored but are usually known for the way they project from the body. The tiny red, blue, and purple veins that form in clusters on the ankles, legs, or other areas of the body are spider veins. These can also be treated to improve cosmetic appearance. Varicose veins are not medically concerning, but they are often removed to reduce uncomfortable symptoms.
Why Do Varicose Veins Recur?
It is important to note that varicose vein treatments close malfunctioning veins or completely remove them. Therefore, veins to not actually recur or regrow. What typically happens is that different veins become affected by poorly functioning valves.
The risk of new varicose veins forming primarily relates to general health and lifestyle. Some people are genetically predisposed to venous insufficiency and others may have a higher risk because their job requires that they stand or sit for long periods. If varicose veins to occur after treatment, they can be treated also.
A vein specialist should be consulted for the most appropriate treatment of varicose veins. Dr. Reynolds has been focused on the treatment of varicose veins since 2004 and has more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of vascular surgery. Patients of our Columbia, SC office may have multiple options they can consider to eliminate varicose veins. To learn more, call (803) 253-8667
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