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Does Surgery on Varicose Veins Cause Scarring? | Vein Care

Nobody wants to have surgery if they can help it. Even the most basic surgical procedures involve a certain amount of risk, recovery time and, often, scarring. If you’re concerned about your varicose veins, you might well be equally concerned about the eventualities of having varicose vein surgery. At the end of the day, there’s not much point in having a cosmetic operation to remove unsightly veins if they’re just going to be replaced by unsightly scars.

So, how severe is the scarring from varicose vein surgery? That depends on a number of factors, from the size and scope of the veins, to the condition and thickness of the skin and the location the veins.

Patients leg with visible surgical stitches after varicose vein surgery

What Actually Happens During Surgery on Varicose Veins?

The surgery for varicose veins can be intrusive, painful, and require recovery time. Sometimes, it can be almost as hard to endure as untreated varicose veins. The surgery starts with an incision made to the groin, which doctors reach through to get to the problematic vein. From there, the vein is tied off and pulled out of the skin.

Complications and side effects can include a change in skin colour, bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Sometimes, there can even be blood clots, infection, severe pain and, yes, lasting scarring.

 

Are There Any Other Options for Removing Varicose Veins?

There are many other effective options for removing varicose veins. Patients working with our qualified team at Vein Care have access to procedures that are quick, pain-free, and won’t result in any scars. For example, you can have a treatment with vein glue. This is a procedure in which a medical glue is injected into the problem vein, using the careful guidance made possible by imaging techniques with an ultrasound. The vein is sealed, the healing process takes place, and the glue is absorbed without harm into the body.

Then there’s sclerotherapy, a treatment for small reticular and spider veins. The procedure is so simple that it doesn’t even require anaesthetic. It simply consists of injecting detergent with a micro needle into the troubled vein. This then causes a response from the immune system, and the healing process begins. The treatment time for sclerotherapy is just often just thirty minutes, and results are visible within a few weeks.

 

Our Team Will Minimize the Risk of Scarring

At Vein Care, our team has been helping people toward a life with healthier veins for nearly twenty years. On your first visit, we’ll put together a detailed history, run a clinical examination and asses you with an ultrasound duplex scan. From there, we can discuss the best possible treatment for your vein problems. Contact us online, or call today on 1300 730 100.