Are Radiofrequency Ablation Treatments Painful?

"An image of the lower legs of a woman with visible varicose veins Varicose veins can be unsightly on your legs or elsewhere on your body. Although they are usually harmless, there are some instances they may be the indication of other health and cardiovascular issues. Whether for aesthetic or needed to prevent further health issues, treatments for varicose veins are safe and easy and can be completed without interruption of your schedule.

Although no cure or treatment can guarantee the prevention of varicose veins, several treatment options can significantly reduce the appearance and, in many cases, help keep them from coming back.

Radiofrequency ablation is a very successful treatment method that not only reduces the appearance of varicose veins but also treats one of the causes. One of the causes of varicose veins is the reflux of blood in certain veins or when the blood gets pushed in the wrong direction.

Using heat created by radiofrequency (RF) energy, the treatment method causes minor scarring on the walls of the targeted veins. Over time, this scarring will continue to build until the vein is sealed off. This prevents the recurrence of venous reflux and, as your body absorbs the sealed vein, reduces the appearance of varicose veins.

This treatment method does involve the use of a small catheter that is inserted through tiny incisions in the skin. Your doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb the area, minimizing the pain and discomfort. Most patients say they felt just minor pressure in the area treated.

There is minimal recovery or restrictions after the procedure. The main concern is ensuring the incisions heal and are kept clean, but most patients can return to normal activities within a day of the procedure. There may be some discomfort as the anesthesia wears off, but this is minor and can be successfully treated with over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medication.

Since varicose veins, although rare, can indicate cardiovascular issues, call the doctors at LA Vein Center in Sherman Oaks, CA, at 818-325-0400 or visit to schedule an appointment. Regardless of being for cosmetic or health issues, the expert staff can help reduce the appearance of varicose veins.

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I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Lee, and will definitely recommend her and will be going back. She thoroughly explained the procedure and answered all my questions before starting my treatment. Her office is immaculate and her staff is very friendly.”

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