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Why Varicose Veins Are More Than Just a Cosmetic Concern

Varicose veins can pose a number of health risks, making them more than just a cosmetic problem. 

There are several factors that contribute to the development of varicose veins, including genetic predisposition, obesity, pregnancy, and sitting or standing still for long periods of time. Many people decide to treat their varicose veins for cosmetic reasons, which can help boost their confidence and empower them to wear the clothes they want, or because the veins are uncomfortable. 

However, varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic issue. In fact, there are a number of compelling health reasons to seek treatment. 

The Complications of Varicose Veins

Valves in the veins keep the blood flowing in one direction, which helps to maintain the efficiency of the body’s overall circulation. When these valves become damaged or overused, they cause blood to pool in the vessels. The increased pressure causes the vein walls to expand, resulting in the enlarged appearance associated with varicose veins. Phlebitis, or vein inflammation, is a common painful side effect, but is typically not life threatening.

However, varicose veins can lead to more serious health conditions. For instance, when vein valves malfunction, the pooling blood begins to stagnate, which increases the risk of clotting. If left untreated over time, larger clots can form and lead to serious health complications like pulmonary embolism. 

The stagnant blood can also contribute to the development of venous stasis ulcers, which are open sores that form on the skin when there’s inadequate fluid drainage in the body. Further, the pressure varicose veins put on the walls of blood vessels can cause them to burst, leading to internal hemorrhaging. 

As you can see, getting treatment for varicose veins isn’t just a matter of appearances — there are serious health complications that can arise if the condition is left unchecked and untreated.

Varicose Vein Treatment Options

There are a number of ways to treat varicose veins. Conservative options like compression socks help to prevent the condition from getting worse. Elevating the legs and engaging in light exercise — such as walking 20-30 minutes a day — can also help to improve circulation. 

Minimally invasive surgical options are also available, and the good news is that each is quick and relatively painless. One of the most popular procedures is called sclerotherapy, a process in which medication is injected into spider or varicose veins, causing them to seal shut. The blood caught between the valves re-enters a more regular circulatory pattern, and the damaged veins are reabsorbed by the body.  

Endovenous ablation is another effective treatment option. This quick, outpatient procedure uses radiofrequency waves or lasers to cauterize the unhealthy veins, allowing them to be reabsorbed by the body. Microphlebectomy, another outpatient procedure, involves surgically removing the affected veins through an incision so small that it doesn’t even require stitches. 

Siragusa Vein & Laser’s team of doctors and vein specialists work tirelessly to ensure that each of our patients receives personalized care for any cardiovascular and vein issues. Every patient undergoes a regimen of comprehensive diagnostic tests before we make any recommendations, and we make sure to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have before deciding together on the next step. 

To schedule your free vein screening, contact us today.

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