Varicose veins are common, especially among people over the age of 50. Although these veins are usually harmless, they can also be embarrassing. If you struggle with varicose veins, consult the information below to learn more about this condition and explore your treatment options.
About Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are abnormal veins that develop most often in the legs and feet. These veins are enlarged, gnarled and unsightly. Varicose veins may also cause uncomfortable symptoms, including:
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins usually develop because of problems with the valves inside your veins. When these valves weaken and stop working properly, blood can pool and cause the vein to enlarge. Some people are more likely to develop these abnormal veins that others. You may be more likely to develop varicose veins if you:
- Have been pregnant
- Are obese
- Have a family history of varicose veins
- Spend a lot of time sitting or standing
What Happens if Varicose Veins Aren’t Treated?
Complications of varicose veins are rare but may occur if you don’t get treatment. Some of the most common complications of varicose veins are skin ulcerations, bleeding and blood clots. To prevent these complications, seek treatment for any varicose veins you have, especially if they are large and painful.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options
In some cases, you may be able to relieve the symptoms of your varicose veins by simply using compression stockings and elevating your feet. If you are overweight, you may also be able to reduce symptoms by losing some weight. However, for many patients, these conservative treatments won’t be enough.
If you have tried conservative treatments and you are still bothered by varicose veins, Bellamah Vein Center can help. We offer four different treatment options for patients with varicose veins, including sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser therapy, and phlebectomy. Each of these treatments offers different advantages and disadvantages.
To learn more about your varicose vein treatment options, please contact Bellamah Vein Center to make an appointment.