How do varicose veins form?
Varicose veins are one of the most common health conditions affecting over 30 percent of the population. Vein disease, also known as venous insufficiency, is the primary cause of varicose veins.
Vein disease occurs when the valves or walls in your leg veins malfunction. When the walls of these vessels become weakened, they have difficulty pumping the blood back to your heart. As a result, blood begins to pool in your legs which over time can lead to skin ulcers. Weakened valves can make the surrounding valves work harder, contributing to more valves malfunctioning.
While some people may start seeing visible, varicose veins on their legs or ankles, others may also experience painful symptoms that become worse when standing or walking for an extended amount of time.
Are varicose veins dangerous if left untreated?
You may be thinking, “Why do varicose veins need treatment if I don’t feel any pain?” Many people continue to think of vein treatment as purely cosmetic; when in reality, it can prevent progressive conditions from occurring.
Though varicose veins are not life-threatening, untreated vein disease can lead to serious health issues such as blood clots (Deep Vein Thrombosis), venous ulcers, ruptured veins, worsening symptoms, difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time, skin discoloration, severe swelling, or Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).
Do they go away on their own?
The simple answer is no. Varicose and spider veins may diminish in visibility or your symptoms may temporarily go away, but typically they will return. Many people think compression stockings can cure vein disease; however, that is not the case. Compression stockings can temporarily improve circulation and reduce swelling; but once taken off, your symptoms will persist. The reason varicose and spider veins continually return without treatment is because the underlying issues have not been resolved. The broken vein valves still do not successfully pump blood and allow it to pool within the legs. Unless you close off the malfunctioning veins so that blood can naturally be rerouted, vein disease symptoms will continue to progress.
Vein disease treatment
Thankfully, there is a way to effectively treat varicose veins in less than 15 minutes. Endovenous Laser Treatment also known as laser ablation or EVLT, is used to close malfunctioning veins utilizing advanced ultrasound and laser technology. Endovenous Laser Treatment is minimally invasive; therefore, many patients say they feel little to no discomfort throughout the entire treatment.
At USA Vein Clinics, we treat underlying vein disease giving you lasting results. We believe everyone should have convenient access to vein treatment; that’s why we have over 80 clinics nationwide. Our doctors are passionate about helping their patients live healthier, more active lives. If you’re ready to take the next step today, give us a call at 888-768-3467 or schedule your appointment online.