Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are spider veins and varicose veins the same thing?
Bulging, occasionally blue-tinged veins beneath the skin's surface are known as varicose veins, and they typically appear on the legs. Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue veins that also twist and turn. They typically appear on the legs or the face and are frequently a flow on effect of varicose veins.
2. Are spider veins worse than varicose veins?
No, a spider vein is a less severe variation of a varicose vein. However, you should get medical attention for both diseases as soon as possible to prevent a spider vein from developing into a real problem.
3. Do spider veins eventually become varicose veins?
While a person can have both varicose veins and spider veins, varicose veins do not always develop from spider veins. Neither do all spider veins turn to varicose veins. If they are very small and not causing any pain or symptoms, the treatment for spider veins is usually considered as cosmetic.
4. How can I prevent getting varicose veins?
You cannot prevent getting varicose veins. The likelihood of developing varicose veins may be decreased by increasing blood flow and muscular tone. The same steps that are used to relieve varicose vein discomfort can also be used to avoid them. Try these things:
- Avoiding wearing high heels
- Regularly switch between sitting and standing positions.
- Following a low-salt, high-fiber diet
- Extending your legs when you're lying down or seated
- Monitoring your weight
5. Are my veins suitable for laser treatment?
Almost all varicose vein patients are good candidates for EVLA. Only foam sclerotherapy is typically used to treat the limited number of patients who are unsuitable (mostly those with minor recurrent veins from prior surgery).
6. Are all lasers the same?
Nearly all of the lasers used for EVLA are the same. Some modern varieties assert to be less painful than traditional lasers. Although the majority of patients only feel little amounts of pain when using ordinary lasers.
7. How long does it take for varicose veins to disappear after laser treatment?
Within a week of treatment, you should start to see a reduction in the prominence of your varicose veins, although complete results may take weeks to months.
8. How well does endovenous laser therapy work?
Endovenous laser treatment for varicose veins is quite promising. The studies show that 98.1% of the treated veins are effectively removed using the endovenous laser therapy.
9. How long does it take to recover from endovenous laser ablation?
You might have a bandage and some bruises where the vein was treated. Compression stockings must be worn for at least one week. You can go about your normal routines, but for approximately a week, stay away from strenuous exertion. Most people are able to immediately resume their regular schedule.
10. How long should I wear compression socks after an EVLT?
It will be recommended that you wear your stockings for two to six weeks.
11. After EVLT, what happens to the vein?
The vein that underwent EVLT treatment is permanently sealed shut, and over time, it is somewhat absorbed by the body. Sometimes the vein remains closed as a "cord" without a lumen on an ultrasound taken months or years later.
12. Is endovenous laser ablation painful?
No, endovenous laser therapy is not painful. It is a simple outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia.