10 Common Vein Treatment Myths
Leg vein issues and treatments are commonly misunderstood by patients. In this post I will address many common myths surrounding vein procedures:
MYTH 1: My leg veins are not painful, so they are not a problem.
Reality: The majority of people with moderate varicose or spider veins do not suffer from consistent pain. However, vein treatment is ideal for candidates who regularly encounter issues with their legs feeling itchy, tired, heavy, cramped, or restless.
MYTH 2: I need my veins… removing them doesn’t seem healthy.
Reality: Varicose veins form when a vein stops functioning properly, allowing blood to leak down away from the heart and lungs. The dysfunctional vein becomes enlarged, raised, and discolored. Removing these abnormal veins has only beneficial effects on the circulatory system of the affected leg.
MYTH 3: Varicose vein development is part of natural aging.
Reality: While heredity is a major contributor to unsightly vein development, a number of other factors including pregnancy, excessive weight gain, or a profession that involves standing or sitting for long periods of time all contribute heavily to varicose vein formation. Exercise, however, does not cause (or worsen existing) abnormal veins.
MYTH 4: Vein removal only means that veins are pulled out.
Reality: Today there are a number of treatment options that are minimally invasive and performed on an outpatient basis. Treatments like sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and laser vein removal all have short recovery periods and excellent success rates.
MYTH 5: Vein removal treatments are expensive.
Reality: Treatments for varicose veins that are associated with lower extremity swelling, itching, pain, or ulcers are often covered by health insurance plans. For treatments that are not covered by insurance, we also offer no interest financing through CareCredit.
MYTH 6: Vein removal is painful.
Reality: All vein treatment options offered at Westlake Dermatology are minimally invasive and involve little, manageable discomfort both during and post procedure.
MYTH 7: My veins will come back after treatment.
Reality: False. The veins that are destroyed or completely removed will not return. Although new spider or varicose veins may potentially develop over a period of years following treatment, their formation can be minimized with regular exercise, a healthy diet, and the daily use of compression stockings.
MYTH 8: It’s too late for me.
Reality: Leg vein treatments can improve the appearance of your legs, even if you exhibit common symptoms of advanced circulatory issues like skin darkening and ulcers. And it’s never too late to do something about the symptoms associated with painful or itchy veins.
MYTH 9: My leg veins will go away all by themselves.
Reality: Unfortunately, once varicose veins develop they very rarely go away without direct intervention. Some type of leg vein treatment will be required in order to minimize their visual appearance or address their associated symptoms.
MYTH 10: I can just hide my veins.
Reality: Many people tend to be self-conscious about their leg veins, preventing them from enjoying a multitude of outdoor activities where the lower body is typically exposed. Today’s treatments are a far better solution than living life with legs covered.