Are you suffering from varicose veins? Does the sight of them bother you or do they cause physical pain?
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted, and swollen veins which appear beneath the skin. They’re often blue or dark purple and are a common condition amongst women.
Varicose veins are very treatable. Learn more about the causes and symptoms including how to get rid of varicose veins for good through safe and effective treatments.
How Do Varicose Veins Develop?
Varicose veins can form in the legs when valves in your blood vessels weaken. The blood vessel valves work hard against gravity to return the blood from your legs to your heart. When healthy and strong, these valves keep the blood flowing to your heart by not allowing it to flow backward.
As we age, the valves often weaken and veins lose elasticity. This allows blood to pool in your legs resulting in enlarged dark blue or purple veins known as varicose veins. Varicose veins are also common in pregnant women when the body decreases blood flow from the legs to the pelvis causing symptoms of varicose veins.
Am I at Risk for Varicose Veins?
You may be at risk for varicose veins if you fall into any of the following categories.
- Genetics – If other members of your family have varicose veins, the chances of you developing symptoms are much higher.
- Female – Over 60% of patients who experience varicose veins are women. This may be caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause. Taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy may put you at a higher risk.
- Obesity – Increased pressure on your veins can cause varicose veins to develop.
- Stand or sit for long periods – This limits blood flow and can cause your blood to pool and develop enlarge veins.
- Age – Your risk increases with age. The elasticity of the valves in your blood vessels which regulate blood flow wear out or diminish. This keeps more blood in your legs rather than returning to your heart.
Should I Be Concerned About Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are harmless for many people and only affect cosmetic appearance. But some may experience painful symptoms including:
- Throbbing, burning, swelling, and cramping in the lower legs
- Rashes or itching around the veins
- Pain after sitting or standing for long periods
- Tired, heavy, or aching sensations in the legs
- Inflammation of the skin, hardening of the vein, or color changes which could be symptoms of a serious vascular disease
If you’re experiencing unsightly varicose veins or pain associated with enlarged or swollen veins, check with your doctor to make sure more serious health issues aren’t a factor. The good news is, treatments are available to remove varicose veins and keep them from getting worse.
Treatments for Varicose Veins
Advanced technology has made it safer and easier to remove varicose veins. Varicose veins can be treated with nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedures in a clinic setting without sedation or anesthesia. The best part? No downtime is required! Patients can return to their everyday tasks and activities right away.
Are varicose veins causing you pain or embarrassment? Explore your options for treatment at Coastal Vein Aesthetic Institute so you can feel like yourself again.