Varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency, which means the veins are not moving the blood properly. This is a common condition, especially for women over 50 years old and men over 70 years old. However, varicose veins do occur in younger people. Treatment for varicose veins is aimed at removing the unsightly vein as well as correcting the underlying cause. It is important to consider venous treatment at the first sign of venous insufficiency so that the problem does not develop into a serious issue.
The first treatment may be compression stockings. These provide graduated compression to help keep the blood moving. Other treatments remove the veins that are not functioning properly to allow the blood to move through healthy veins.
Varicose veins may not be dangerous at first. They may not even show beneath the surface of the skin, but you can still see and feel the symptoms. If you feel pressure in your lower legs, throbbing and aching, heaviness and fatigue that worsens towards the end of the day, you may be developing varicose veins. Other symptoms may include sores or ulcers on your lower legs and hyperpigmentation or brown patches on the feet or ankles.
If you have any of the above symptoms, it may be time to consider venous treatment. If you wait too long, the veins will start to pool, bulge and twist and look unsightly. As soon as the bulging veins start to show, many people want them removed for cosmetic reasons.
The main cause of venous insufficiency is the weakened valves inside the veins. These valves help keep the blood from flowing backwards and continue on its way to the heart. When they become weak, they no longer function properly and the blood starts to pool in the vein.
Non-invasive vein treatments include sclerotherapy, laser ablation and microphlebectomy. These are treatments that do the same thing only in different ways. During a consultation with our specialist, you can learn about the different non-invasive treatments and find out which one may be your best option. They all damage the inside of the vein, causing it to collapse. The blood can no longer enter the vein and naturally flows through a healthy vein. The damaged vein is gradually absorbed by the surrounding tissue and disappears. The recovery for non-surgical venous treatment is minimal.
If you suspect that you are developing varicose veins, or if you already have the unsightly veins on your legs, let our specialist at Premier Vein Institute examine your condition and determine the best venous treatment. You can avoid future problems and have smooth legs again. We have offices in Tampa, Riverview, St. Petersburg and Lakeland. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.