Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can venous insufficiency be treated during the summer?

A: Summer is not a good time to have venous insufficiency. On the contrary, the symptoms usually worsen due to the heat.

Q: I suffer from varicose veins. When should I have surgery?

A: Preservative treatment includes the daily use of graded elastic compression stockings. This has a negative impact on the patient's quality of life. Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is a painless, safe, and low cost procedure with excellent and lasting results. That is why, according to the latest guidelines of the American Venous Forum, EVLT is recommended instead of preservative treatment. This procedure should be done as soon as possible after the diagnosis.

Q: Is being overweight a cause of venous insufficiency?

A: An increased body weight and obesity multiply the risk of developing varicose veins and spider veins. Weight loss leads to better results after treatment and reduces the risk of complications. It is recommended, but does not lead to a significant delay in the correction of venous insufficiency.

Q: Does smoking affect venous insufficiency?

A: Smoking and using nicotine products are not major risk factors for the development of chronic venous insufficiency. Regardless of this, it is a known fact that smoking may cause coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, atheromatosis, and cancer. Smoking may also cause problems to the peripheral arteries (peripheral arterial obstruction), such as pain while walking (lameness intermittent), skin lesions, and non-healing ulcers. It is recommended to stop smoking as soon as possible.

Q: Do high-heeled shoes affect venous insufficiency?

A: Even though high-heeled shoes make legs look very attractive, the truth is that they actually have a negative effect to the proper function of the veins.
This happens because they keep the calf muscles in an abnormal state of continuous contraction. The calf muscles must relax and fully contract, as often as possible, in order to maintain the ability to pump blood to the heart.

There is no problem if a woman wears high-heeled shoes in a social occasion for a short amount of time. On the contrary, it is not recommended to wear them at work for eight hours or more.

Q: I recently underwent sclerotherapy. Can I sunbathe?

A: A: Normally, you can sunbathe, but you should avoid the midday hours and you should shield the leg areas that have been treated for at least 2 to 3 weeks. Also, it is required to apply sunscreen with a high SPF to these areas.

Q: Is it necessary to use elastic stockings after sclerotherapy?

A: It has been proven that the use of compression stockings of a moderate grade (Class II) for five to ten days after sclerotherapy has beneficial effects to the cosmetic result, as it reduces bruising and irritation, while simultaneously protecting against the development of hyperpigmentation in the treated area. Hyperpigmentation is related to the occurrence of brownish yellow lines or spots in place of the veins that underwent sclerotherapy. Although they are usually not permanent, their occurrence is significantly reduced if elastic stockings are used after treatment.

Q: Is sclerotherapy expensive?

Α : On the contrary, it is very reasonably priced. But, since no one can predict the number of sessions that will be required before the beginning of the treatment, the cost is usually calculated separately for each session, as it may involve both legs, or each leg separately, depending on the problem.

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