Vein conditions like spider veins and varicose veins are so common that many people have preconceived notions about what causes them and what to do about them. Here, we will take a deeper look into some of the myths about vein disease. The more reliable information you have, the better equipped you are to handle these concerns if they do occur.
Vein disease involves:
- The weakening of veins in the legs, creating insufficient force to carry blood upward toward the heart.
- Pooling blood in affected veins increases pressure.
- To compensate for this pressure, the veins naturally widen.
- Bulging occurs and veins thicken (varicose veins).
Do you believe . . .
Vein disease is an age-related condition?
It isn’t. In approximately 80% of cases, vein disease comes down to genetics. Also, varicose veins may develop during the teen years or early adulthood, not just when you “get old.”
Only women get vein disease?
Women do have a higher risk. However, men may also develop spider veins and varicose veins.
The only reason to get vein treatment is for cosmetic improvement?
Not so. Varicose veins can cause your legs to swell and feel sore. Discoloration may occur, and it is also possible for fluid to collect around the vein, causing tissue edema. Finally, it is important to have varicose veins evaluated and treated in order to assess and prevent the formation of deep clots, called deep vein thrombosis.
Varicose vein treatment involves surgery?
In a high percentage of cases, we are able to treat varicose veins successfully without surgery. Depending on the nuances of your situation, you may gain the best results from sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, or another method of care. In fact, minimally invasive therapies have success rates in the 90% range. You can explore your treatment options during your consultation in our Sherman Oaks office.
Get the information you need to understand your vein condition and the treatment that will put an end to discomfort and cosmetic concerns. Schedule a visit to LA Vein Center by calling (818) 325-0400. We look forward to helping you look and feel your best.