Summertime can be frustrating for people with varicose veins. In the United States, it is estimated that about half of the population have this venous disease. It affects about 50 to 55% of women and 40 to 45% of men. During summer, spider veins and varicose veins can get worse.
The intense heat of the sun during the months of July and August can weaken the upper layers of the skin and reduce its moisture and elasticity. These effects of the heat can make both the skin and the veins unable to move and flex properly, making it difficult to circulate the blood properly. The intense heat can also cause the blood vessels to expand, adding more stress on the already compromised veins.
Get Your Varicose Veins Checked and Treated
Varicose veins may not be life-threatening condition, but they can be more than just a cosmetic concern. They can lead to leg swelling, pain, and place you at risk of developing leg ulcers and heavy bleeding (skin over the varicose veins are often thin and can bleed easily when injured).
If home remedies such as exercise, use of compression stockings, and leg elevation don’t work, it may be time to seek medical treatment. Premier Vein Clinics of Knoxville offers the following options:
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure typically used for the treatment of spider veins. During sclerotherapy the affected veins are injected with a solution, causing them to swell, collapse, and fade over time.
Usually recommended for medium to large varicose veins, ambulatory phlebectomy involves removing of the veins close to skin’s surface. This is another minimally invasive procedure that can be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy.
Endovenous Laser Therapy
Laser energy is used in endovenous laser therapy to create a small puncture in the leg to treat the diseased vein. It’s an ultrasound-guided procedure typically used for treating smaller veins.
Radiofrequency Ablation Endovenous Therapy
Radiofrequency ablation endovenous therapy is another ultrasound-guided procedure. Using a tiny catheter inserted through a small incision, short burst of radiofrequency energy is introduced into the diseased vein, causing it to shrink. As the vein specialist withdraws the catheter, each segment of the diseased vein is sealed shut, causing blood to re-route to healthier veins.
Premier Vein Clinic of Knoxville is offering free vein screenings at this time. We are committed to helping patients restore the health and appearance of their legs through our minimally invasive vein treatment options.
If your varicose or spider veins are causing problems in your every-day life, contact us today at (865) 588-8229 or go online to to schedule your free vein screening and let us help you get your legs back!