Will Varicose Veins Go Away on Their Own?

varicose veins go away on their own

Varicose veins are a common vascular issue that many individuals encounter. These twisted, enlarged veins often appear blue or dark purple and are most commonly found in the legs. While they are generally not a serious medical condition, varicose veins can cause pain and other issues. One frequently asked question is whether varicose veins will go away on their own or if medical treatment is necessary. To answer that question, it helps to understand what causes varicose veins.

Venous Insufficiency Causes Varicose Veins

At Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City, we treat varicose and spider veins every day. Varicose veins are simply symptoms of an underlying condition known as venous insufficiency. Unfortunately, venous insufficiency is a chronic (ongoing) condition. We never tell patients that they are “cured” because while we can get rid of existing varicose veins, new veins most likely will develop over time.

Understanding Varicose Veins

So, what causes varicose veins to form? Varicose veins occur when the valves within the veins fail to function properly. Veins are responsible for carrying blood back to the heart, and the valves prevent the backward flow of blood. When these valves weaken or become damaged, blood can pool in the veins, causing them to swell and become varicose.

Factors Contributing to Varicose Veins

Several factors contribute to the development of varicose veins. While some of these factors can be influenced, others are beyond our control. Understanding these factors can provide insight into whether varicose veins may resolve on their own.

Heredity – Genetics play a significant role in determining an individual’s predisposition to varicose veins. If your parents or grandparents had varicose veins, you may be more likely to develop them as well.

Age – The risk of developing varicose veins increases with age. As we grow older, the veins lose elasticity, and the valves may weaken, making it more challenging for blood to flow efficiently.

Gender – Women are more prone to varicose veins than men, primarily due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause. Hormones can affect the vein walls and valves.

Prolonged Standing or Sitting – Jobs or lifestyles that involve long periods of standing or sitting can contribute to the development of varicose veins. Maintaining good circulation through regular movement is essential.

Obesity – Excess weight puts additional pressure on the veins, making it harder for them to function properly. Losing weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise can alleviate this pressure.

So What Can You Do About Varicose Veins?

While some lifestyle changes may help manage varicose veins, it’s essential to understand that they are unlikely to disappear entirely without intervention. Once they develop, varicose veins typically persist. However, certain measures can be taken to alleviate symptoms and prevent further progression:

Exercise – Engaging in regular physical activity, such as walking or swimming, can promote better circulation and strengthen the muscles that help blood flow.

Elevating the Legs – Elevating the legs when resting can reduce swelling and improve blood circulation.

Compression Stockings – Wearing compression stockings can help support the veins and alleviate symptoms. These stockings apply gentle pressure to the legs, promoting better blood flow.

Healthy Diet – Maintaining a healthy diet rich in fiber and low in salt can help reduce the risk of developing varicose veins.

Medical Treatments for Varicose Veins

While lifestyle changes may provide relief, medical treatments are often necessary for more severe cases of varicose veins. Some common treatments we offer include:

1. Endovenous Ablation

Ablation uses heat to damage affected veins which causes them to shrivel. They are naturally absorbed by the body. There are two types of endovenous ablation.

Laser Vein Ablation: A laser is used to seal off the affected veins, redirecting blood flow to healthier veins.
Radiofrequency Ablation: This procedure uses radiofrequency energy to heat and seal off problematic veins.

2. Microphlebectomy

After numbing the skin, very small incisions are made and the affected veins are removed. There are no stitches necessary.

3. Sclerotherapy

This involves injecting a solution into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and fade.

Living with Venous Insufficiency

It’s essential to consult with a phlebologist (vein doctor) to determine the most suitable course of action based on your individual circumstances. Whether through lifestyle adjustments or medical procedures, taking proactive steps can help you live comfortably with varicose veins and minimize associated risks. If you’d like to learn more about the treatment options, just give us a call, ask any questions you may have, and get all the answers you need to schedule an appointment for an evaluation and get rid of those painful veins.

Call Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City today at (913) 541-3377 in Overland Park or (816) 792-1188 in Liberty if you have questions, or make an appointment online right now for an in-office evaluation.