Are Varicose Veins a Cosmetic Problem?

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A medical diagram comparing normal veins with varicose veins.

Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins

There is a common misconception that varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem. At USA Vein Clinics, we provide our patients with the gold standard in vein care as well as educate them how this underlying condition can progressively develop in to serious complications. If you experience  debilitating symptoms in your legs, such as heaviness, burning, itching, pain and restlessness, that may be an indication of varicose veins. If left untreated, varicose veins can progress into more serious conditions. Below we elaborate on the serious conditions that can develop as a result of vein disease.

Blood Clots

In a diseased (varicose vein) sometimes blood hardens from a liquid to a solid, forming clots. Blood clots can develop in superficial veins or in deep veins. The superficial clots that can occur with varicose veins can cause leg swelling, redness, pain and tenderness in the affected limb or around the affected vein. If the blood clot is formed in the deep vein it can travel to the heart or lungs causing damage. This condition is called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Thrombophlebitis

This condition is described as swelling and inflammation of a vein caused by a blood clot. “Thrombo” means clot, and “Phlebitis” means a vein with inflammation, or the swelling and irritation that happens as the result of an injury. Blocked veins commonly lead to infection and tissue damage from the loss of healthy circulation.

Varicose Eczema

A condition that causes the skin to become red, scaly and flaky. Skin blisters and crusting of the skin can also occur due to this condition.

Lipodermatosclerosis

This condition causes the skin to become hardened and tight. Skin may appear a slightly red or brown color. Lipodermatosclerosis most commonly affects the calves.

Venous Ulcers

A venous ulcer is the advanced stage of vein disease. Dry skin can often crack, forming into an open wound. These wounds rarely heal on their own as the area is not getting enough healthy blood to start the healing process. Venous ulcers can be very serious if left untreated.

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Whether it’s varicose veins, spider veins, or venous ulcers, our clinics treat a variety of vein disease conditions. Varicose treatments take between 15-30 minutes depending on the number of veins affected. If you believe you are suffering from vein disease, contact us at 888.768.3467 to learn more about which treatment would work best for you.

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