Are All Varicose Veins Visible?

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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. They may also appear discolored as either blue, green, or purple. This is a cause of the vein valves not working properly. When the valves are working right, they should regulate blood flow and help blood circulate from the legs and ankles back to the heart.

A visible sign of vein disease is varicose veins. Varicose veins may also be accompanied by spider veins, which are 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. Symptoms include swelling, heaviness, cramping, or restlessness.

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The Cause

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 Varicose Veins Always 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. Superficial veins have less muscle support so they are more likely to become 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.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Varicose and Spider Veins

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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