Varicose veins are large, bulging, and rope-like in appearance, are usually seen in the legs, and frequently accompanied by pain or discomfort.
WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS?
Varicose veins are enlarged, bulgy veins that you can clearly see above the surface of the skin. They’re found most commonly in the legs. Aside from an unpleasant appearance, symptoms can include: pain, fatigue, itching, burning, swelling, cramping, restlessness, and throbbing.
Varicose veins aren’t always just directly under the skin–they often occur deeper underneath the skin’s surface where you can’t easily see them. This is where vein disease can lay hidden, worsening over time, so it’s important for vascular specialists to get underneath the surface to treat the underlying cause.
AppearanceLarge, bulging, rope-like; color varies
LocationUsually legs, rarely arms
SeverityModerate, and indicative of vein disease
DiscomfortModerate; frequently a problem
WHAT CAUSES VARICOSE VEINS?
Most People Have Varicose Veins Because Of Malfunctioning Valves.
Varicose veins are caused by unhealthy valves inside the veins that impede the normal flow of blood back to the heart. Blood pools in the veins, enlarging and distorting them.
WHO GETS VARICOSE VEINS?
Many of us will eventually encounter vein health issues. It’s usually hereditary, so if your parents or grandparents have or had varicose veins, you’re more likely to develop them, too. If you become pregnant or have a job or lifestyle that requires standing for long periods of time, this may worsen the condition.
HOW ARE VARICOSE VEINS TREATED?
Varicose veins and their underlying cause are quite treatable, and it’s our specialty at Laser Vein Clinic at Sefton Medical Centre. We offer patients two main varicose vein treatment procedures – both quick, minimally invasive, and requiring no hospitalization – that seal off veins with unhealthy valves. Blood circulation then returns to the veins with properly working valves, and closed veins are eventually absorbed back into the body.