If your legs are marked by eye-catching, rope-like veins that bulge against the surface of your skin, you’re not alone — about 1 in 3 adults in the United States has varicose veins. Although anyone can get these swollen, twisting veins, they tend to occur in women, older adults, and people who are inactive or overweight most often.
When your varicose veins are bothersome, make your legs feel heavy and achy, or leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance, it’s time to consider your treatment options.
At Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC in Somerville, New Jersey, our skilled team of vascular experts specializes in Varithena® varicose vein treatment. Find out how this FDA-approved leg vein solution can help you resolve problematic veins safely, quickly, and effectively — and with little to no downtime.
Your veins have the nonstop job of carrying deoxygenated blood from your body back to your heart and lungs, where it picks up fresh oxygen so your arteries can send it back out to your brain, organs, and extremities once again.
This continuous process is often more stressful for your leg veins; when you’re upright, they must work against gravity to keep blood moving back to your heart. Over time, this can cause undue stress and strain on the one-way valves in your veins that keep blood flowing in the right direction.
If your leg vein valves become weak or dysfunctional, blood may continually pool up behind them and put pressure on the surrounding vessel wall, causing it to swell, twist, and contort — or become varicose.
Lifestyle changes and compression therapy are the first line of defense against varicose veins. But while physical activity, weight loss, and compression stockings can keep swollen veins from getting worse, conservative care measures can’t improve them or make them disappear.
Varithena is a minimally invasive leg vein treatment that uses an FDA-approved “microfoam” medication to effectively reduce varicose vein symptoms and improve their appearance both above and below the knee.
Varithena is a go-to treatment for small to mid-sized varicose veins that are fully visible along the surface of your skin. After we inject a small amount of the microfoam into a damaged leg vein, it fills the localized space and irritates the surrounding vessel wall, causing it to collapse.
As your blood redirects itself to healthier nearby veins, the unused 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 after just one Varithena treatment, most people experience reduced varicose vein symptoms (heaviness, achiness, swelling, throbbing, and itching) and improved or minimized varicose vein appearance.
At Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, Varithena leg vein treatments are completed in less than an hour with just one or two needle sticks — and absolutely no surgical incisions. The process is virtually painless, and we can treat multiple varicose veins during the same visit.
You can resume normal activities as soon as your Varithena treatment is over. To promote optimal healing and healthy circulation, skip vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for a week, and wear compression stockings for a couple of weeks. Taking daily walks and avoiding long stretches of inactivity for at least a month also helps promote healthy leg vein blood flow.
After your Varithena treatment, it takes time for the targeted vein to collapse and fade from view. While you may see a noticeable difference in the size and appearance of the treated vein within a week or two, it can take up to three weeks for your vein to fade away completely.
Varicose vein-free legs may just be one easy Varithena treatment away — so what are you waiting for? Call 908-725-2400 today, or click online to schedule a visit at Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC any time.