Frequently Asked Questions about Varicose Veins | Vein Management Clinic
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Why do I have varicose veins?

Varicose or bulging veins can be caused by a wide variety of factors. The underlying issues are different for every patient. Some common causes include:

  • Aging – Our veins can lose elasticity as we age, and become stretched out. The valves within can weaken and allow blood to flow in the wrong direction. Blood then pools and the veins become enlarged.
  • Pregnancy – While pregnancy increases the amount of blood in the body, it also decreases flow of blood from the legs upwards. This is meant to help the baby as it develops but can lead to enlarged leg veins.
  • Sex – Women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men, with up to 55% of women being affected in their lifetime.
  • Family history – Genetic predisposition is the major contributing factor to vein disease.
  • Obesity – Extra body weight places additional pressure on the veins and heightens the risk of venous insufficiency.
  • Daily habits – If you spend long periods of time in the same position, either sitting or standing, this is detrimental to blood flow.

What’s the best treatment for my bulging veins?

You will need to undergo a personal assessment with Dr. Muasher to know which treatment is the best for your condition. Dr. Muasher performs all consultations personally and will provide all the information you need to make an informed decision. Learn more about your options on our Treatments page.

How do I keep new varicose veins from forming?

There is no guaranteed way to prevent varicose veins. But there are practices and precautions you can take to help reduce discomfort and potentially slow the development of varicose veins, including:

  • Exercise to improve blood circulation
  • Be conscious of your weight and eat a healthy diet that is low in salt (this can help prevent swelling from water retention)
  • Avoid high heeled shoes and tight clothes that may reduce blood flow at the waist, legs or groin
  • Elevate your legs for short periods each day
  • Try to avoid long periods of sitting or standing

Can I receive non-invasive treatment for varicose veins?

We offer a variety of nonsurgical treatment options for patients seeking non-invasive care. Ask Dr. Muasher whether you are a candidate for one of these procedures at your assessment. Some of these options include ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy and endovenous laser therapy (EVLT).

Are there complications that can be caused by untreated varicose veins?

In some cases, complications can arise from varicose veins. These include ulcers near varicose veins from fluid buildup, blood clots, and bleeding. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek out varicose vein treatment immediately.

What is EVLT?

EVLT stands for endovenous laser therapy. This is a contemporary alternative to stripping and ligation. EVLT is minimally invasive and uses laser energy to heat and seal problematic veins.

What kind of downtime should I expect after EVLT?

EVLT is an outpatient procedure performed with local anesthesia. There is minimal discomfort and no scarring. The recovery period is brief, and most patients are able to return to normal activities immediately. Only heavy lifting and rigorous exercise need to be avoided during the recovery period.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive and effective method of treating varicose veins. Dr. Muasher injects a solution called a sclerosant directly into the problem vein. This solution causes the blood vessel’s collapse. The vessel eventually becomes scar tissue that gradually fades.

How many sclerotherapy treatments will I need?

The number of necessary treatments varies from patient to patient. Dr. Muasher will estimate the ideal number at your assessment. More treatments are necessary when there are more veins to be treated or larger veins to be treated. Patients with milder varicose veins may need only 1-2 treatments. Most patients benefit from somewhere between 2-4 treatments, depending on their veins.

What kind of downtime should I expect?

It’s important to walk after the procedure to prevent blood clots from forming. Patients should wear compression stockings as prescribed to prevent treated veins from reforming. Most patients can return to normal activities right away. Avoid rigorous exercise for about two weeks after treatment – Dr. Muasher will give you specific details. Avoiding sun exposure will also help prevent formation of spots on the skin.

How long until I see results?

Patients typically see results in 3-6 weeks, with larger veins taking up to 3-4 months to improve.

Will vein treatment results be permanent?

Treated veins typically do not reappear. New veins can form if the causes of varicose veins are still present.

Will my insurance cover my treatment?

Medical insurance will typically cover varicose vein treatment. You will need to establish medical necessity with your insurance provider beforehand. They may also require that you try more conservative treatments before sclerotherapy or EVLT. You can learn more about insurance coverage on our Patient Information page.