Do you have varicose veins or have clients with varicose veins? If so, you may be wondering about the various treatment options. Before we talk about treatment, let’s dive into what varicose veins are and what causes them.
Varicose veins, while they may look aesthetically displeasing, cause more problems than meets the eye. These veins can become swollen and enlarged, typically occurring on the legs and feet. They may look blue or dark purple and are usually bulging, lumpy, and twisted in appearance.
The real symptoms of varicose veins
Varicose veins’ cosmetic appearance is the least of the issues that come with the condition. Other symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Muscle cramps in the legs
- Aching and heavy legs
- Burning sensation in the legs
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Dry, itchy, and thin skin
While these symptoms occur year-round, they're typically worse during warm weather or if the person has been standing for an extended period of time. The cause of varicose veins is the small valves inside the veins malfunctioning, and the weakened blood flow collects in the veins and enlarges the area. Typically, people who stand for long periods of time, are older, overweight, or pregnant are more likely to develop varicose veins.
While varicose veins don’t have life-threatening effects on the body, they can result in long-term swelling, ulcers, and non healing sores.
What are the causes of varicose veins?
Shockingly, in the United States alone, over 40 million people have been diagnosed with varicose veins, around 12.5 percent of the country's population. However, little has been done to provide effective treatment for varicose veins. If the varicose veins aren't causing discomfort, most doctors suggest compression stockings, exercise, and elevating the affected area.
Of course, making lifestyle changes and wearing compression stockings can help reduce the size of varicose veins. However, there’s one particular treatment that eliminates the appearance of varicose veins. Light therapy has shown promising results for treating varicose veins.
Varicose veins and red light therapy
Now, you may have wondered, “does red light therapy help varicose veins?” And the answer is yes. While repeated treatments are needed to remove the appearance of varicose veins fully, the treatments are painless and highly effective. In addition, blue or red light therapy for varicose veins is ideal for those who aren’t looking for invasive treatment options.
But how does the treatment work?
The low-level pulsed light enters the varicose vein, creating heat that shrinks the area, reducing the appearance. While targeting the varicose vein, the surrounding tissue is not harmed, making it not only an effective but safe treatment option.
While typically used on the legs, the treatment can also be used on the face, arms, thighs, abdomen, ankles, and other parts of the body. Meaning, wherever you have varicose veins, light therapy will be able to treat the affected area and may take between two to six treatments before achieving optimal results. In addition, red light therapy does not need to be administered by a doctor - it can be done at a medical spa or dermatologist.
Luckily, Kaiyan Medical produces MDSAP-certified and FDA-approved light therapy products and devices for your own at-home treatment or even for your patients. We've worked hard to provide solutions for both patients and healthcare practitioners, catering to various needs. Whether you're looking to private label your own light therapy devices or for home use, contact our team, as we would love to help you through your light therapy journey.