Of all the advantages of being a woman, nobody ever seems to include Varicose Veins and Cellulite; fortunately modern science offers new high tech treatment options for these often embarrassing conditions.
There is much debate on what actually predisposes a woman to develop varicose or spider veins. Can you cause them with simple actions like crossing your legs? Could inadequate muscle mass necessary to help the veins get the blood where it's needed be the culprit? Is it a side effect of the first trimester of pregnancy? Or is it an unavoidable genetic predisposition? Unfortunately it is most often considered the latter, but there are medical procedures to treat them.
On today's episode of the Doctors TV show, Vascular Surgeon Dr. Rajeev Rao demonstrated how using Endovenous Laser Ablation can treat a woman's varicose veins.
Endovenous Laser Ablation of Varicose Veins on The Doctors TV
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To understand varicose veins (and how to treat them), one needs a basic understanding of the vascular system. The venous system is comprised of both deep and superficial veins but all veins have valves which help pump blood towards the heart. When everything is in working order, the valves all open and blood flows upward and unhindered. However, when the valves fail, blood gets trapped in the vein and creates a distention or bulge, also known as a varicose vein. Women typically have more problems with varicose veins since men have more muscles in the legs which help with pumping blood back into the system. The best prevention is incorporating daily exercise into your schedule to keep veins from returning. Author of Flat Belly Diet! and renowned health expert Liz Vaccariello recommends getting plenty of daily exercise if you have a genetic predisposition to varicose veins. By boosting circulation and keeping the veins and circulatory system healthy, blood won't collect due to valve failure.
The Endovenous Laser Ablation treatment delivers a precise dose of energy into the vein wall causing it to collapse. The blood flow then diverts to nearby functioning veins. In surprising contrast to the old ways of getting rid of varicose veins (read: surgery), there is less downtime and scarring.