Varicose Veins & Spider Veins

Varicose veinsare enlarged, bulging veins that can appear anywhere in your body, but are generally found on your legs. They are caused by venous insufficiency, a condition where weakened veins have trouble returning blood to the heart. While not generally considered a serious medical condition, varicose veins can be unsightly, uncomfortable and lead to more serious problems.

Spider veinsare a mild form of varicose veins. They are smaller, blue or purple veins that lie close to the surface of the skin, appearing mainly on your legs or face. They may be caused by venous insufficiency or unrelated issues, including hormones, sun exposure and even minor injuries. Like varicose veins, they are often considered a cosmetic issue, but can be an early indication of circulatory problems.

Varicose veins and spider veins may be treated through self-care measures, such as exercising, elevating your legs, and avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing. They may also be improved through a range of minimally invasive procedures typically performed in a doctor’s office that close or remove the damaged vein.

If you are concerned about the appearance of your veins, or are experiencing discomfort or pain, consult the Vein & Vascular Experts for a precise diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

Venous Insufficiency – The making of varicose veins

Arteries carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Veins return the blood to the heart. But when the veins are located in the leg, they have to work extra hard, fighting gravity all the way. When the valves in your veins become weakened and fail to close properly, the blood may flow backwards rather than forward, pooling the blood in your leg veins and forcing them to protrude.

 

 

Symptoms may include

  • Veins that are blue or dark purple
  • Veins that appear twisted and bulging
  • Achy, heavy feeling in the legs
  • Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in the lower legs
  • Itching legs
  • Discolored skin

Treatments

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Endovenous laser therapy/Radiofrequency ablation
  • Ambulatory micro-phlebectomy