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If you’re one of many Americans with varicose veins, you might be taking a “wait and see” approach to treatment. After all, other medical ailments can be resolved with bedrest and some old fashioned self care — is it possible that varicose and spider veins can be treated the same way?
We are practicing vein specialists in the Milwaukee area, which means we know a thing or two about varicose veins, how they develop, and how they can be treated.
We’ve heard plenty of people ask about whether or not their varicose veins will go away on their own, or if there’s anything they can do to get rid of varicose veins without treatment.
Unfortunately, we’ve got some bad news. If you’ve already developed varicose veins, there is no way for them to go away on their own.
However, there are a few steps you can take to prevent more varicose veins from forming — and plenty of treatment options if you want to take the next step and get rid of them completely.
Why won’t my varicose veins disappear?
To answer this question, we have to look at why varicose veins form in the first place.
Varicose or spider veins form when a vein’s structure has been weakened. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including inactivity, pregnancy, smoking, or simply by chance.
Once the structure is weakened, blood can no longer travel through the vein, causing it to pool. This is when the vein becomes visible under the skin and potentially when problems, such as itching or pain, will start.
As you can see, because the vein’s visibility is caused by a weakened vein structure, there is no way to strengthen the vein again after it has already been damaged.
Will my varicose veins go away if I lose weight?
Weight loss in overweight people has a lot of benefits. A person can feel better, live a longer life, and enjoy many other benefits from dropping a few pounds.
Sadly, losing your varicose veins is not one of those benefits. Once a vein has been damaged to the point of visibility, there is no way to fix it without proper treatment from a vein specialist.
However, there are still plenty of options if you are just noticing varicose veins beginning to form. If you’re still in those early stages, numerous options are available to prevent further development.
What can I do to stop more varicose veins?
This is a topic we get asked about a lot — we’ve even written several articles on the issue!
If you’ve just noticed a bulging vein that later subsides, there’s a slight chance that this is just a momentary problem. Veins can bulge for a lot of reasons; for example, if you’re engaged in a strenuous workout, you might notice a few veins becoming more visible here and there, only for them to disappear a short time after your exercise.
But if there is a concern that these are actually varicose veins beginning to form, there are a few steps you can take to curb their growth.
Getting out and moving your legs more often can dramatically reduce your chances of developing varicose veins. Even if your job requires you to spend the majority of your day at home or at a desk, there are a number of exercises you can perform to get blood pumping through your legs.
Additionally, a better diet will put less pressure on your veins. This in turn makes you less likely to develop varicose veins, as there is less of a chance that the structure of your veins will be weakened.
Finally, you might want to consider picking up a pair of compression stockings. Compression stockings are recommended for leg vein health, and when properly worn, can provide comfort from some pain that would usually result from varicose veins.
How do I make my varicose veins go away?
The only way to get rid of those pesky veins for good is to seek professional treatment from a vein specialist.
Lucky for you, that’s exactly what we are! As vein specialists in Wisconsin, we can work with you to find the perfect treatment for your veins and body.
Modern treatment is low-pain and takes no time at all — most patients are able to return to work on the same day!