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New Year, New Legs - Why Treat Your Varicose Veins Early in the New Year?

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

Do you have unsightly varicose veins?

Do your legs ache and feel restless morning and night?

Instagram post showing what happens before and after a varicose vein procedure.

Do you cringe at the thought of wearing shorts or skirts in the summer?

Varicose veins, while unsightly and annoying, are usually a sign of a more serious condition happening below the skin's surface called venous insufficiency.

Veins have a difficult job. They are tasked with bringing blood back to your heart. This means, the veins in your legs have to fight against gravity to keep the blood moving in the right direction. By the time blood passes through the tiny capillaries which connect the arteries to the veins, there is very little pressure left to carry the blood along back up to the heart. For that reason, veins rely heavily on muscular contractions and the valves inside them to prevent the blood from traveling back toward your toes.

In some patients, the valves in their veins become "leaky." These valves do not close properly as blood travels through them. This allows blood to flow backwards inside the veins. The result is a disease we call venous insufficiency. Symptoms of venous insufficiency include achy, restless legs; swelling; and varicose veins.

Here at Milford Vascular, we like to relate the treatment of varicose veins to a row boat with a hole in it. It does no good to bail out the water from the rowboat until the hole is plugged. Otherwise, the boat will continue to fill up with water as you bail it out. First, you must plug the hole, then you can bail out the water and empty the boat efficiently.

Many people have had superficial veins treated in the past and simply see them return in a short time. This is because the underlying problem, the hole in the boat, has not been addressed. The underlying problem is the leaking valves in the veins that you cannot see.

We treat the valves first with a closure procedure. This decreases the venous pressure and cuts the supply to the superficial veins that you can see on your legs. After closure, we can remove the bigger veins and inject the smaller veins.

So, why is now, at the beginning of the year, a great time to treat your veins? Once you have your legs treated, it can take 6-12 months to fully see results. If you're hoping to have better looking legs by summer, now is the time to seek treatment.

Additionally, most people have insurance plans that restart at the beginning of the year. With the restart of insurance plans comes the restart of deductibles. Intuitively, yes this sounds like the worst time to have a procedure done. However, most people end up accumulating medical expenses throughout the year. The billing team at Milford Vascular is able to work with any budget to find a payment plan that works for you.

New year, new you, new legs, and no more varicose veins. Schedule your appointment with our Vein Team for the New Year today: (203)882-VEIN (8346)!

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