Over 30% of adults will deal with varicose veins at some point in their lives. These veins can be painful and can make wearing leg-revealing clothes uncomfortable and embarrassing. If you are unhappy with the way the veins on your legs look or feel, it’s time to call a specialist. Reach out to Ozark Regional Vein Center in Rogers, AR to discuss vein ablation.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are often found on the legs and can appear under the skin as bulging, snakelike veins with a purple or blue color. These veins were, at one time, healthy and functioning, but a valve inside the vein has caused them to become diseased.
Our arteries carry blood from our heart to the tissue throughout our bodies and our veins carry that blood back to the heart. Each vein has a valve that directs this one-way blood flow. Sometimes these valves can malfunction so that all the blood isn’t making its way back to heart but is instead pooling in the vein.
This excess blood stretches the walls of the vein and causes the bulging and engorged veins we can see under our skin. These are most commonly found in the legs because those veins and valves have more gravity to fight than other parts of our bodies.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
There isn’t a definitive cause we can point to that causes these veins in certain people. The best we can do is to point to contributing factors that increase a person’s chance of developing this condition.
The aging process contributes to wear and tear on the valves in our veins. The older a person is, the more likely they are to develop varicose veins, though they can happen at almost any age.
Women make up 70% of varicose vein sufferers. There’s been a parallel drawn between these veins and hormonal fluctuations. Certain female hormones are known to stretch the walls of the veins, making a faulty valve more likely.
Pregnancy is another contributing factor. When a woman is pregnant, she has a larger volume of blood in her body to support her baby. This blood travels throughout her body and can put excess pressure on the veins in her legs.
Possibly the biggest contributor to the development of this condition is a genetic disposition. If you come from a family where many of your relatives have varicose veins, chances are you will develop them too.
Long Periods of Standing or Sitting
If you’ve spent much of your life in a sitting or standing position, you’re more likely to develop varicose veins because your circulation isn’t at its peak. Valves are more likely to become faulty if they have to do the work on their own without the help of healthy circulation.
There are treatments that effectively and comfortably eliminate these veins. The most effective treatment is called vein ablation. There are different modalities for ablating veins, but each involves disrupting the walls of the vein, causing them to collapse and the vein to seal.
VenaCure Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT)
EVLT is performed by inserting a laser fiber directly into the targeted vein. The laser delivers a dose of energy that collapses the vein’s walls. This collapse seals the diseased vein which diverts blood to healthier veins.
This redirection of blood results in an increase in healthy circulation, improving the skin’s appearance. This treatment takes about an hour in your doctor’s office, and the relief is immediate.
Venefit Radiofrequency Ablation
Another popular form of vein ablation, Venefit uses a small catheter inserted into the diseased vein that delivers heat to the vein’s walls. The heat causes the vessel to shrink, and the catheter is withdrawn through the length of the vein to ensure it treats the entire vessel. Once the vein has been treated, it collapses, which seals it off.
Venefit is minimally invasive and offers a quick treatment time. There’s no downtime associated with this treatment, and it offers excellent patient outcomes.
When Is It Time to Consider Vein Ablation?
So, how do you know when it’s time to see a specialist? A good rule of thumb is to not ignore symptoms as you experience them. Varicose veins are notorious for causing discomfort. Some common symptoms of this condition are:
- Heavy feeling
- Chronic discomfort
- Pain when standing or sitting for long periods
- Muscle cramps
- Restless legs
There are measures you can take at home to ease some symptoms, but all of these are temporary and do nothing to address the underlying issue. It’s best to see a specialist when you are experiencing any symptoms. If left untreated, symptoms will continue to progress, and severe varicose veins can become dangerous.
Some sufferers will only have aesthetic symptoms, but there is no reason to put up with unsightly veins. These veins can become unsightly and make people want to cover up in even the warmest of weather. If you’re choosing clothes based on what will cover up your varicose veins or feel self-conscious any time they’re exposed, it’s probably a good time to consult with a specialist. You can have a clearer, smoother complexion, free of the discomfort of varicose veins.
Call a Specialist
If you’ve decided it’s time to do something about the discomfort and embarrassment of your varicose veins, it’s important to enlist the right specialist to make sure you get optimal results. Call Ozark Regional Vein Center in Rogers, AR to schedule a consultation. We’re dedicated to getting you back into the clothes you love and the lifestyle you deserve. We look forward to speaking with you!