Varicose Vein Removal Before and After: How Will It Look?

One of the unpleasant features of varicose veins is the way they look. While they can also cause uncomfortable symptoms like cramping, swelling, itching, and restlessness, patients frequently ask how to make them disappear. The process of varicose vein removal, before and after, can be quite different, depending on where you seek vein treatment. Our award-winning vein clinic in New York uses state-of-the-art technology, performed by Harvard-trained doctors, for a flawless outcome. Take a look at our varicose vein treatment before and after gallery to see why patients prefer our vein specialists. Click HERE to book an appointment for remarkable results!

Wondering, “Can varicose veins return after treatment?” The answer depends on the vein clinic you choose. View our varicose vein treatment before and after photos.

Can Varicose Veins Return After Treatment?

Varicose veins are twisted, bulging veins that become enlarged when they’re engorged with blood. This occurs when a valve fails inside the vein and allows blood to accumulate or flow in reverse, instead of traveling toward the heart. Proper treatment involves sealing off the defective vein so that blood can no longer collect inside of it, and instead is redirected into functional veins. In rare cases, where the varicosity is so severe, or the patient has a history of blood clots, doctors will need to remove the vein surgically.

But most patients achieve varicose vein resolution with minimally invasive tactics like a venous sclerosis treatment, a vein adhesive, or a radiofrequency ablation procedure. Performed correctly, these solutions are permanent, because the vein seals shut and is harmlessly absorbed by the body. However, it’s possible for the treatment to be performed incorrectly, in which case the vein might not disappear. It’s also possible to develop new varicose veins if the underlying issue (typically, Chronic Venous Insufficiency) isn’t treated.

Is There Pain and Swelling After Vein Ablation?

Pain and swelling after vein ablation depend on the type of treatment used and the skill of your vein specialist. Our New York vein treatment clinic is staffed entirely by board certified vein specialists with distinct training in venous medicine. As such, we know exactly how to treat veins precisely, without causing damage or irritation to the surrounding skin. We use ultrasound guidance to pinpoint the location of the issue to minimize the number of injections needed.

In addition, we avoid surgery unless it’s the only safe option, so pain and swelling are minimal with our treatments. If you choose a vein clinic that only offers vein surgery, or a vein specialist who is not a board certified doctor, your odds of experiencing pain and swelling increase. Surgical vein stripping vs ablation by radiofrequency or sclerotherapy have different degrees of swelling and discomfort.

What Type of Post Varicose Vein Surgery Care Is Required?

If you have a minimally invasive procedure, like a venous sclerosis treatment, vein adhesive, RFA, or endovenous laser ablation, post-procedural care is quite easy. Most patients can return to their regular routine immediately, including going back to work. Surgical extraction is different. Post varicose vein surgery care depends on whether you had an ambulatory phlebectomy or a larger procedure, like removal of your entire great saphenous vein (GSV) under general anesthesia. If there are issues in your GSV, vein treatment doesn’t usually require surgery. But when it does, patients will need someone to drive them home and they’ll need time to recover. Doctors will provide instructions on how to prevent swelling, infection, and complications.

Do Vascular Surgery & Varicose Veins Treatment Leave Scars?

If you have bulging veins or red veins on your legs, getting rid of them is appealing, but you might wonder if they’ll be replaced by unsightly scars. Minimally invasive methods like sclerotherapy treatment and endovenous ablation do not leave scars, because they treat the vein with tiny needle-sized catheters or fibers and do not require large incisions or stitches.

Traditional vein surgery, however, can leave a scar, the size of which depends on the extent of vein damage. Most vein stripping procedures require multiple incisions, often near the groin and knee to fully access and extract the vein. These scars are not large, if you choose a doctor with cutting-edge technology, but there will be a line where the incisions were made. Talk to our vein experts about whether surgical spider vein removal, sclerotherapy, or endovenous ablation are recommended.

Are Additional Treatment Sessions Needed to Maintain Results?

It’s important to be happy with the outcome of your varicose vein treatment. But it’s also essential to know how to maintain the results. Some patients will require additional treatment sessions, if they have extensive vein damage. Our NY vein doctors use innovative tools to treat multiple veins in one appointment. However, patients with several damaged veins might need more than one visit.

In addition, some patients respond best to a customized plan with more than one treatment modality involved. For instance, if you have both varicose veins and spider veins on the legs, doctors might suggest a combination of radiofrequency and sclerotherapy sessions. Varicose and spider vein treatment works best when you start early, since we can address the underlying issue and prevent more damaged veins from developing.

Do Varicose Veins & Spider Veins Treatments Always Work?

Every patient has unique venous anatomy. Every vein specialist has unique training. And every vein clinic has a unique approach. So, treatment for varicose veins and spider veins has the potential to fail when those factors don’t align. That’s why our vein doctors begin with a thorough analysis of your medical history, symptoms, concerns, and prior treatment attempts, to make sure we select the right treatment.

We analyze your venous pathways to look for connecting veins, blood clots, and trouble spots to ensure success. Our track record is flawless and our patients consistently leave 5-star reviews. If you want your vein treatment to work, choose our premiere vein clinic in New York. We offer the widest selection of venous medicines and use the latest technology to administer them. We’ll explain what causes spider veins and varicose veins and offer gentle alternatives to varicose or spider vein removal like sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation.