Vascular disease affects the blood vessels running throughout the body. At Rejuveination in Cincinnati, we see problems when veins are unable to return blood to the heart as they should. Healthy blood vessels are filled with one-way valves that allow blood to flow against gravity when you move your body. Thus, blood is allowed to travel up the legs to the heart but is prevented from traveling back down the legs. However, in unhealthy veins, valves may not close properly, and blood may flow back down the legs causing venous pooling.
The extent of damage to the veins and to the skin lying over the veins is determined by how bad the vascular disease is. Minor disease may show up as surface-level spider veins, which are usually considered to be little more than a cosmetic nuisance. However, worse problems may show up as varicose veins, which are large, twisted veins that stick up from the surface of the skin.
When left untreated, vascular disease can make you embarrassed to show off your skin and can eventually lead to physical symptoms that can leave you uncomfortable. The exact symptoms you have will be determined by the type of vascular problem you have.
We have many clients that come to our office complaining of tiny visible veins on the surface of their skin. These veins often appear blue, purple or red and appear in web-like patterns of interconnected veins. Although these veins often start out small, they have the potential of growing larger over time. These are called spider veins, and they generally cause only cosmetic problems. For example, you may try to hide them by covering them up with clothes and avoiding events where they could be seen.
Varicose veins are the larger, lumpier veins that bulge from the surface of the skin and cause discomfort. Many of our patients complain of achy sensations or restless legs, and some report that they experience regular cramping in the area that may prevent them from sleeping well at night. Over time, these veins can create swelling in the area, lead to rashes and predispose you to skin ulcers. However, these can be just as successfully treated as spider veins can be.
At Rejuveination in Cincinnati, we have three main treatments that we use for each of these vascular problems. With radiofrequency ablation, we use heat energy to kill problematic veins and cause them to fade from sight. With phlebectomy, we remove large bulging varicose veins. With sclerotherapy, we inject a special substance into the problematic veins to cause them to die and dissolve.
When you choose expert treatments from Rejuveination in Cincinnati, you can stop the negative effects that vascular problems are having on your life. Instead, you can experience beautifully smooth skin and confidence in your body no matter where you are. Call us to set up an appointment today, and stop letting vascular problems ruin your life.