Is 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 these symptoms in your legs, such as heaviness, burning, itching, pain and restlessness that can be a clear indication of varicose veins. If left untreated varicose veins can progressively develop in to serious conditions like :
Blood Clots- In a diseased (varicose vein) sometimes blood hardens from a liquid to a solid to form 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- 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 vein can sometimes 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 with the red and brownish color. It usually affects the calf area.
Venous Ulcers- A venous ulcer develops when there is increased pressure in the veins in lower legs. This causes fluids to seep from the walls of your vein and collect under the skin,
At USA Vein Clinics we advise our patients to start with their varicose treatment as soon as possible. The sooner a patient starts their treatment plan the better. Most progressive diseases often lead to serious and life threatening  complications in the future.
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