Have you noticed bulging or zigzagging veins appearing on your legs over the years? You may suffer from varicose veins. It is estimated 30% of women and 10% of men experience signs and symptoms of the condition on their legs. Although their abnormal appearance may seem alarming, they are typically only a cosmetic concern, but you do not need to live with their unsightliness. You can improve how they look with vein therapy.
What are Varicose Veins?
A superficial vein can become varicose, which refers to it as taking a twisted or enlarged appearance. They also tend to be dark purple or blue in color. Typically, they occur on the legs, but they can develop anywhere. Besides varicose veins, you can also develop spider veins. These are not as enlarged and often have a web-like look that can be red or blue in color.
Often, you will not experience any signs other than seeing them, but you can have some painful symptoms, such as:
- Achy or heavy feeling in the legs.
- Burning, throbbing, cramping, or swelling in lower legs.
- Pain after sitting or standing for a long time.
- Itching around a vein.
- Skin discoloration around a vein.
Causes of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins result from weak or damaged valves. Your arteries carry blood from your heart throughout your body. Your veins allow your blood to return to your heart for recirculation. Since the veins in your legs must work against gravity, if the valves do not function properly, it causes your blood to flow backward. This can make the veins look stretched and twisted.
Although anyone can develop varicose or spider veins, there are certain factors that increase your risk, such as:
- Family history
- Sitting or standing for long periods of time
Often, the abnormal veins are only a cosmetic issue, but they can lead to certain complications, like ulcers and blood clots. You can reduce your risk of future problems and improve their appearance with sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy reduces the visibility of unsightly veins by injecting a special solution into them. It creates swelling to restrict the blood flow when it comes in contact with the blood vessel. This causes the vein to collapse and shrink. You will see the vein diminish over the next several weeks to give you lasting results.
This is a minimally invasive and effective solution will help you overcome your insecurities when showing your legs. You will enjoy the results you want quickly without any downtime.
Say Good-Bye to Varicose Veins
You can feel confident when wearing shorts or skirts because you will not need to worry about unsightly veins. Sclerotherapy will help you achieve your desired results without surgery.
About Dr. Connie Casad
Dr. Connie Casad is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She helps her patients look and feel their best using the more preferred treatments. She treats varicose and spider veins with sclerotherapy. Contact our office today to see if it is the right option for you.