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How Treating Varicose Veins Can Improve Your Vascular Health

Varicose veins may be a cosmetic issue that contributes to low self-esteem, but they also cause pain and discomfort. Plus, they’re an indication of your overall vascular health.

Dr. Eric Mai and our compassionate crew at STL Vein and Cosmetics in St. Louis, Missouri, treat the underlying cause of varicose veins to keep your circulatory system healthy. Our individualized treatment plans include modern state-of-the-art therapy or more traditional treatment options. If varicose veins make you self-conscious or if they’re causing you pain, we can help. Here’s a look at why you should care about your vascular health and get varicose veins treated.

What is vascular health?

Vascular health refers to how strong and effective your blood vessels and arteries are. Your vascular system moves your blood around your body, keeping it supplied with oxygen and nutrients that your tissues need. Your arteries take blood away from your heart, and veins return it.

There are many ways you can support your vascular health, including:

Unhealthy blood vessels lead to serious issues like Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), medium vein disease, reticular vein disease, and more. Treating your varicose veins promptly is one way to improve your vascular health.

What are varicose veins?

When your blood can’t flow properly through superficial veins, they swell and twist up. This is how varicose veins are formed. Varicose veins typically occur in your legs and appear to be dark blue and bulging.

Varicose veins can also cause pain, with symptoms like:

Varicose vein treatment depends on your unique situation, which is why Dr. Mai and the professionals at STL Vein and Cosmetics create customized treatments specific to your needs.

Varicose vein treatment options

STL Vein & Cosmetics no longer relies on scalpels or aggressive surgeries. Our experts use modern and innovative treatments like these.

Endovenous laser ablation

Endovenous laser ablation is the gold standard in the treatment of varicose veins. As an outpatient procedure, this method is safe and effective and reduces the risk of complications and side effects such as inflammation and bruises. 

Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy 

For this treatment, a specialist uses ultrasound to guide the injection of a chemical directly into varicose veins that aren’t visible at skin level.

Visual sclerotherapy

Visual sclerotherapy involves a chemical injection into your spider veins and reticular veins that are visible to the naked eye. 

Graduated compression stockings

This method of varicose vein treatment helps minimize symptoms of mild cases of vein disease. 

Over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medications

A specialist may use medication in addition to other varicose vein treatment methods to minimize pain and discomfort.

Our dedicated staff at STL Vein & Cosmetics is specially trained to address your needs and help fix your underlying circulatory problems and cosmetic needs.

Improve your vascular health today

Call us today at either our Creve Coeur or South County location so Dr. Mai and the STL Vein and Cosmetics professionals can identify the cause of your varicose veins. Untreated varicose veins can lead to congestion, thrombosis, phlebitis, and ulcers, which is why it’s critical to address them promptly. Let us help you relieve leg pain and improve your vascular health today.

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