As New Jersey vascular doctor, we often hear questions from our patients like, “I’m planning a beach vacation in three months…can I get rid of my varicose veins by then?” And we completely understand – varicose veins may be painful and come with a number of other unpleasant side effects, but when it’s time to put on a bathing suit, it’s their unattractiveness of them that first comes to mind. So here are some answers to the often asked question, “How long will it really take to eliminate my varicose veins?”
The sooner you start treating them, the sooner they’ll be gone
Getting rid of your varicose veins starts with a phone call. When you decide that you’ve spent far too long hiding your legs beneath long pants and dark stockings and you want to do something about them, pick up your phone and call the best vein doctor in New Jersey at 201-693-4847 to arrange an initial consultation. Dr. John Chuback and his caring staff at Chuback Medical Group will take care of the rest, giving you a thorough (and painless) examination, after which they will explain to you your treatment options, how long they will take, and how long it will be before you see results.
Treatment type and duration is an individual consideration
Modern vein disease treatment methods make it possible to eliminate varicose veins and the smaller spider veins very quickly, but the definition of quickly depends on many factors. Among those factors are the size and severity of your venous disease. Smaller varicose veins and spider veins can in most cases be effectively treated using sclerotherapy, a painless, minimally invasive treatment that collapses varicose veins by injecting a sealing agent into them. The now-closed veins then are absorbed into surrounding tissue and disappear, while healthier veins in the area take over the job of routing blood back to the heart and lungs. Larger varicose veins may be more effectively treated using endovenous laser ablation, which use heat to seal and close the diseased veins.
How long it will take before the previously swollen and discolored veins disappear from view completely depends again on a number of factors. The first is how many of them there are – because only a certain number of veins can be treated in the same session, if you have many varicose veins, the full treatment period will take longer. The second factor is how quickly your body responds to the treatment, and how quickly normal circulation is restored to your legs. This process can be speeded up to some extent by wearing compression stockings during the healing period and by making changes to your lifestyle, like getting more exercise and avoiding sitting or standing for long periods of time.
The bottom line is that it’s difficult to give an exact estimate
Almost all patients notice benefits from their varicose vein treatment immediately, because much of the pain and swelling caused by their diseased veins goes away, and their overall energy levels increase. In terms of the visible remnants of the now-sealed veins, after the full course of treatment has been completed some patients find that all traces of their varicose veins go away within 2-3 weeks, while other patients find that it takes longer, up to 2-3 months.
So the most important factor that determines the answer to “How long will it take?” is still that first phone call. The sooner you seek vein disease treatment in New Jersey, the sooner you’ll be back in that bathing suit, free from your varicose veins. You can find out more about the treatment options we offer on our website at www.chubackmedical.com, but don’t put off making that initial call. The earlier you start treating your varicose veins, the sooner you’ll be rid of them.