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Varicose Veins: How They Happen.

Here on the Vein and Skin Laser Center blog, we’ve written a few articles about those pesky varicose veins, including tips for natural relief, how to exercise with them, and even how they affect both men and women. This month we’re going to get a little deeper beneath the skin and show you how these blue bulgers come to be.

 

First, let’s examine veins in their natural state.

 

Veins are a type of blood vessel that help to move blood from various tissues to the heart. The heart then carries this blood to the lungs where it picks up oxygen. Arteries then pump this oxygen-filled blood throughout the body. The deoxygenated blood then returns from the other parts of the body via the veins.

 

Varicose veins often occur when healthy veins weaken and cause blood to collect in the valves. This leads to abnormal vein pressure, causing the veins to become thick, enlarged, and twisted. These veins are most commonly found in the legs, thighs, and ankles.

 

You have a higher risk of developing varicose veins if you’re obese, female, pregnant, elderly, have a family history of the condition, or have a job that requires you to sit or stand over a long period of time.

 

While varicose veins are not a life-threatening condition, many people find them to be rather unsightly and the symptoms bothersome. The effects of these veins vary from person to person, but most often include leg swelling, leg pain after standing or sitting, heavy or fatigued legs, itching, dry skin, skin discoloration, and inflammation.

 

In some cases, varicose veins can be a sign of a more serious medical problem. These conditions include deep vein thrombosis, arteriovenous fistulas, perforated vein blockage, and in some uncommon cases, tumors.

Many people live with their varicose veins for years without treatment. Sadly, without proper treatment, the veins will never get any better or go away.  The good news is that now there are a number of treatment options that do not require painful surgery, hospital stays, or bed rest recovery. Thermal ablation is the gold standard for varicose vein treatment. This quick, minimally invasive procedure closes varicose veins through the use of concentrated beams of light and allows patients return to work and normal activities the following day. Although not as effective, sclerotherapy is another available option for treatment.

If you want to get rid of your varicose veins, give the Vein and Skin Laser Center in your area a call! Schedule an appointment by calling 404-508-4320 !