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How Do Varicose Veins Form? And How Can You Get Rid of Them?

by April Maguire

Varicose veins are one of the most common cosmetic issues on the planet. According to some estimates, as many as 60% of adults around the world suffer from some type of venous insufficiency, either in the form of varicose veins or spider veins. That's hundreds of millions of people walking around with discolored or raised veins in their legs.

When it comes to vein issues in the legs, pressure seems to be the primary culprit. Whether you're talking about red spider veins, blue and green reticular veins, or gnarly varicose veins, the underlying causes tend to be damage related to excessive pressure. In other words, the weight that we put on our legs throughout the course of the day causes these veins to enlarge or valves within them to fail, leading to venous insufficiency.

Treatment Options

So if you're having vein issues in your legs, or any part of your body for that matter, what can you do to cure it? Well, as it turns out there are a number of different options currently on the market. Two of the most popular are sclerotherapy and endovenous ablation therapy. With sclerotherapy, foam is injected into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and eventually disappear. In general, this treatment works on smaller vein issues, like spider and reticular veins, but it is sometimes used for varicose veins as well.

Endovenous ablation therapy operates under a similar principle, but it tends to be a little bit more effective than sclerotherapy. In this treatment option, a thin wire that emits heat is passed through the veins. Once the interior walls of the veins are exposed to this heat, the veins collapse and are subsequently reabsorbed by the body.

With either treatment option, pain and downtime are both fairly minimal. The procedures typically take around 30 minutes to an hour to perform. And even though you'll have to wear compression stockings for at least a week following treatment, you should be able to resume normal activities almost immediately.

Getting Tested

If you're experiencing pain or weakness in your legs, then you may have venous insufficiency even if you can't see any visible symptoms. These hidden vein issues occur in around 20% of sufferers, and largely go unnoticed because the affected veins are buried so deep within the legs. If you think that you may have hidden varicose veins, then schedule an appointment with a doctor to perform an ultrasound on your legs to learn what's going on beneath the surface.

Remember, even though varicose and spider veins are unsightly, they aren't just a cosmetic issue. Varicose veins in particular can cause a variety of health issues, so it's important to have them treated sooner rather than later.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about varicose veins and how to treat them, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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