How One Hairdresser Can Finally Work Pain-Free After Varicose Vein Treatment

You may be surprised at just how common varicose veins are, but you may be even more surprised at just how troublesome symptoms can be from what too many people assume is just a “cosmetic issue.” 

Approximately 40% of women and 25% of men in the U.S. have varicose veins to varying degrees. For some, these inflamed veins appear as purplish, bulging veins on the surface of their legs, but many people don’t have visible physical signs of varicose veins. 

Regardless of whether they’re physically visible or not, varicose veins can cause extremely uncomfortable symptoms of swelling, throbbing, heaviness, aching, restlessness, or leg pain. And for many, these varicose vein symptoms make it difficult to go through daily activities, which is quite a problem if one’s job makes the symptoms feel worse.

Just ask our patient, Margie, who said, “I’m a hairdresser, and I often stand for long hours at a time. By the end of the day my legs would be throbbing.” 

Nothing she did, such as wearing more supportive shoes, seemed to make a difference. Even though she knew that her daily job activities were hard on the legs, she also knew that having throbbing, aching legs after a day’s work was not normal. 

Why Certain Jobs Raise The Risk Of Varicose Veins

Unfortunately, jobs like Margie’s that require prolonged periods of standing each day increase the risk of developing varicose veins. Long periods of standing without much large leg motion increases the pull of gravity from the blood in your legs to your heart. This contributes to poor blood flow and inflammation within the veins.

It’s important to distinguish here that certain jobs don’t directly cause varicose veins, but rather these professions can be a factor that raises the risk of developing varicose veins. Other risk factors include family history, gender, childbearing, obesity, and lifestyle. Often it’s a combination of factors, rather than one single cause, that contributes to venous disease.

That said, people working in certain professions—like nursing, teaching, or being a hairdresser like Margie—should be aware of their risk of developing varicose veins so that they can a) take steps to reduce symptoms when possible, and b) understand how to recognize any symptoms that their underlying varicose veins may be causing. 

Common symptoms of this inflammation and poor blood flow within your legs’ veins include throbbing like Margie experienced, a sensation of heaviness or aching in the legs, swelling, or restless legs.

Relief From Varicose Vein Symptoms

Fortunately, even the most persistent and uncomfortable symptoms of varicose veins can usually be eliminated with proper varicose vein treatments. 

In Margie’s case, nearly 15-inches of visibly bulging varicose veins were treated. Typically, the amount of varicose veins that need to be treated range from as little as 6 inches to as much as 55 inches in a single visit. 

There are several advanced treatments available today that make treatment of varicose veins—regardless of the size and severity—much easier and quicker than people realize they may be. Some procedures utilize laser techniques, while others inject foam into the veins. For example: 

  • Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) uses a tiny optic fiber laser catheter to close the diseased vein, with no scalpel or stitches.
  • An ambulatory phlebectomy removes the diseased vein in sections through a tiny puncture-like incision, with no scalpel or stitches.
  • Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy “cleans up” any remaining vein disease and treats the hidden sources of vein disease to reduce the recurrence of visible varicose veins.

For Margie, a combination of phlebectomy and sclerotherapy eliminated the diseased varicose veins without any issues. How she feels now after a day’s work is a welcome relief to how she felt before treatment.

After treatments, Margie said, “I went to East Tennessee Vein Clinic for help and it’s made a huge difference in how I feel after a long day. I no longer have the pain I once did. I really appreciate Dr. Douglas!”



Fortunately, today’s treatments of both varicose veins are quicker and easier than they’ve ever been. Most procedures are performed in an hour, in our office. No stitches are needed, and there’s little to no down time.  

Dr. Douglass and the staff at East Tennessee Vein Clinic are solely dedicated to the treatment of varicose and spider veins, and lead the region in 20 years of experience and expertise of vein treatments. We treat veins differently than other clinics because of our comprehensive attention to treating the root cause and full extent of each patient’s vein disease. 

Comprehensive vein treatment is all we do, all day, every day, since 2001. You’ll notice a deeper level of care when an entire practice revolves around one thing—helping patients be free from the discomfort of varicose and spider veins.

We are offering free vein screenings for new patients for a limited time. Please inquire about free screenings when making your appointment.

Be sure to mention this limited offer when calling our office at 866-281-VEIN, or request an appointment online. To learn more about why we’re the top choice for varicose vein treatment in East Tennessee, visit us online at East Tennessee Vein Clinic.

“Every aspect of my visits to your office has been excellent. The care & compassion of the staff is exceptions. I do recommend friends, family and co-workers to ETVC.”

- D. B., Athens, TN