Varicose veins are the result of venous insufficiency. When your veins don’t work properly, they can become stretched and twisted and sometimes appear just beneath the surface of the skin. These are superficial veins that can be removed with several minimally invasive treatments. Deep veins carry most of the blood back to the lungs and heart. All veins have one-way valves that close after each heartbeat to block the blood from flowing backward. If these valves become weak and don’t function properly, the blood will remain in the vein causing it to bulge and twist. If you are located in the Cincinnati or Kenwood area, and you are experiencing varicose veins, the specialists here at Rejuveination can help.
How Veins Become Weak
There are several reasons your veins may not function properly. The most common reason is heredity. If your parents or grandparents have varicose veins, there is a good chance you could also develop them. Other causes are:
Varicose veins in the legs form when the pressure in the legs blocks the blood from its natural course against gravity back up the leg. If you have a job that requires you to sit or stand for long hours at a time, the veins may become weak and stop functioning properly.
Excess weight can also put pressure on the circulation in the legs. If a person is obese, he or she may not get enough exercise, which is important for good circulation.
Being pregnant may have a similar effect of obesity, although, after delivery, the varicose vein symptoms may go away.
Not all varicose veins show on the surface of the leg. In some cases, there are few or no symptoms at all. The most common symptoms are:
- Swelling, especially around the ankles
- Darkening of the skin on the ankles and feet
- Itching without an apparent cause
- Bleeding sores that don’t heal quickly
- Aching and heaviness in the legs
Varicose veins are not a serious health hazard at first. However, they may cause serious health problems over time if they are not treated. If ulcers form they may start to bleed if the veins are knocked or the leg is injured.
Surgery was the main treatment for varicose veins, but today there are other ways to remove them. Sclerotherapy, endovenous laser therapy and radiofrequency ablation are all methods that destroy the vein from the inside so that it is naturally absorbed by the surrounding tissue.
If you have noticed signs of varicose veins and you are located in the Cincinnati or Kenwood area, reach out to us here at Rejuveination to learn more. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!