The job of your veins is to carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart for oxygenation. It’s not uncommon for some veins to become swollen or enlarged, though, becoming varicose veins and spider veins. Usually, these veins are simply viewed as unattractive, but sometimes they can become quite painful.
At Dr. Lavey’s practice, we’ve heard some interesting misconceptions about vein treatment, so we want to dispel some of them.
Myth: Vein removal treatments are painful.
Fact: The vein removal methods offered at Dr. Lavey’s, such as laser vein removal and sclerotherapy, are minimally-invasive. They are only mildly uncomfortable both during and after the procedure.
Myth: Removing varicose and spider veins isn’t healthy because I still need the veins.
Fact: The truth is that varicose and spider veins are of no use to your body. These dysfunctional veins actually leak blood away from the heart and lungs. Therefore, it is best to have them removed as soon as possible.
Myth: There is no need to remove varicose and spider veins that are not painful.
Fact: Pain is not an indicator as to whether or not you should have your swollen veins removed. Laser vein removal and sclerotherapy can be used to avoid pain, heaviness, and cramps that is associated varicose veins in their late stages.
Myth: There is nothing I can do to get rid of varicose and spider veins because it’s a natural part of the aging process.
Fact: Although genetics and aging are causative factors of enlarged and swollen veins, there are factors that influence their appearance that can be controlled or modified such as diet, body weight, and activity levels.
Ask us about sclerotherapy and other ways to treat your varicose and spider veins at Dr. Lavey’s. Call us at 925-820-3633 for an appointment.