Varicose veins can make anyone feel self-conscious about their appearance. For some, varicose veins are the reason you avoid wearing shorts and skirts, even in hot weather. Fortunately, a treatment such as radiofrequency ablation at VENUS Vein Clinic in Omaha, NE can erase the appearance of varicose veins and produce long-lasting results for most patients.
How Quickly Do You Get Results From Radiofrequency Ablation?
The results of this treatment will be gradual. For example, your earliest visible results may develop about four to six weeks after your initial treatment. Your results will continue to develop as you have additional treatments and as the affected vein is absorbed by the body. Many people will be able to enjoy optimal results about 12 months after their initial treatment session.
How Long Do Results Last?
Like any other treatment for varicose veins, your initial treatments will do the heavy lifting by removing or reducing the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins. Because the affected vein will be absorbed in the body, that particular varicose vein will never return. However, to achieve long-lasting results, you will need to make serious lifestyle changes that will prevent varicose veins from developing in the future.
For example, by losing a moderate amount of weight, you can remove some of the pressure from your legs that is causing your leg veins to swell. Changing your movement habits, such as by walking around or sitting down for 10 minutes at least every two hours, can also encourage healthier blood flow. Walking a few miles a week can also improve circulation and maintain your cardiovascular health.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
For a treatment such as radiofrequency ablation, you will usually only need one treatment session to address most of your varicose vein concerns. However, for patients who have serious varicose veins or who have multiple varicose veins, it may be necessary to have at least one other treatment to achieve optimal results. We will customize your treatment plan after assessing the severity of your leg vein concerns.
What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
A treatment such as this one has several notable benefits. For example, this treatment may be ideal for those who are not eligible for other vein treatments because they are allergic to the active ingredients in certain solutions. This treatment is safe and effective, and also has a very minimal recovery time that can fit into even the busiest person’s schedule. Finally, this treatment is more comfortable than the surgical removal of varicose veins.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment works by leveraging the power of radiofrequency energy. Radiofrequency energy can produce a mild thermal effect that can heat tissues in the body. When tissues in the body are heated, the body responds by producing a higher amount of collagen and other regenerative resources to protect and restore the body.
For this specific treatment, a small catheter will be inserted into the affected vein through a tiny incision. The catheter is attached to a device that will emit radiofrequency energy. When the radiofrequency thermal energy makes contact with the affected vein, higher collagen production will eventually cause the vein to seal off. Blood flow will then be directed through natural processes to nearby healthy veins.
What Should You Do After Your Appointment?
After your treatment, it’s important to follow your aftercare instructions closely so that you can speed up your recovery time and encourage healthy redirection of blood flow in your legs. For the first several days after your treatment, you will need to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and exposure to heat that may cause inflammation in the body, which can include hot showers, saunas, and hot tubs.
Importantly, after your treatment, you also need to wear compression stockings for at least two to four weeks. Compression stockings are important because they encourage more rapid healing and also improve blood flow in the legs, which will help your results develop faster. You should wear compression stockings for most of the day unless you are showering.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Candidates for this treatment include anyone who feels self-conscious about the appearance of varicose veins on their legs. You may be a candidate if you experience any pain or aching associated with varicose veins, which is common in patients who have severe vein concerns.
Candidates for this treatment also cannot be pregnant and may have to pass certain health screenings to determine their eligibility. You will need to attend a consultation to discuss your treatment goals and your medical history. During your consultation, be sure to list all of the medications and supplements you’re currently taking.
Erase Visible Varicose Veins Today
Varicose veins can be tough to deal with. Although women can develop varicose veins early on, there are some risk factors associated with the development of this benign vein condition, such as being overweight. Fortunately, a treatment such as radiofrequency ablation can easily reduce the appearance of varicose veins with long-lasting results. If this treatment is an ideal solution for you, get in touch with VENUS Vein Clinic in Omaha, NE to schedule a consultation today.