Are All Varicose Veins Visible?

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visible signs of vein disease or venous insufficiency

What does it mean to have visible varicose veins?

If you look down at your legs and see raised veins on your thigh, calf, or ankle you may have visible varicose veins. Varicose veins often appear rope-like, bulging, or enlarged and may be either blue, green, or purple. These veins become enlarged when blood is allowed to pool and backup within the veins of the lower extremities. This is caused by your valves not properly regulating blood flow from your legs back up towards your heart. Varicose veins are often a visible sign of venous insufficiency, also known as vein disease. Varicose veins may also be accompanied by spider veins, which are typically smaller and not raised. Spider veins may appear right below the skin’s surface.

While some people may experience varicose veins without symptoms, others may struggle through chronic pain that becomes extremely limiting. When weakened valves malfunction and blood is allowed to pool within the legs, symptoms such as swelling, heaviness, cramping, or restlessness may arise.

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What is the cause of visible varicose veins?

Proper circulation occurs when the blood is able to travel from your lower extremities up towards your heart. When your vein’s valves malfunction, they lose their ability to fully close, letting the blood flow backwards down through the vein valve. Instead of flowing from one valve up towards the next, the blood continues to pool, which increases the pressure within your vein. This venous pressure can increase the likelihood of congestion while causing your vein to bulge and twist.

Poor circulation can be harmful to your health if left untreated over time. Untreated vein disease can lead to slow or non-healing venous ulcers, skin discoloration, or even blood clots.

Are all varicose veins visible?

All superficial varicose veins can be seen right below the skin’s surface; however, deep varicose veins which are located between the muscle can lead to painful symptoms like the ones mentioned above. Due to the fact that superficial veins have less muscle support, they are more likely to be come visible and bulging. The closer the damaged veins are to the surface of your skin, the more likely you will be able to see them.

Although you may not see the impact of vein disease on deep veins like you can with superficial veins, many people may experience debilitating symptoms that can worsen over time. Vein disease can increase the development of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and venous ulcers.

Treating varicose and spider veins non-surgically

Thankfully, treating visible varicose and spider veins is now even easier than ever. Vein treatments like Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), Varithena, and Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy (USGS) are all effective at resolving the underlying issue of vein disease. They target and close the damaged veins, rerouting blood flow to healthier veins. Once the root of the issue is treated, your visible varicose and spider veins should reduce over the next few weeks.

If you’re interested in learning more about vein treatment, give us a call at 888.768.3467 or click the button below to schedule your appointment online. You don’t have to live with visible varicose veins, learn how convenient outpatient vein treatment can truly be.

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