What Are Varicose Veins — and How Can I Remove Them?

Varicose veins are the large veins that are often described as knotty or rope-like. Usually, these veins are purple or blue, and they typically appear in the legs. If you have varicose veins, your main concerns are probably how you got them and how to get rid of them. Read on to find out. 

The Cause of Varicose Veins

The root cause of varicose veins is malfunctioning vein valves. When vein valves don’t work well, they fail to circulate blood upwards to your heart. The blood then pools in the veins and stretches them out, resulting in varicose veins. 

Certain things can increase your chances of developing varicose veins, such as middle age, pregnancy, obesity, and family history of varicose veins. Women also have an increased risk for varicose veins — about half of women over age 50 suffer from varicose veins, in fact. 

How You Can Eliminate Varicose Veins

There are several different treatments for varicose veins, and L.A. Vein Center offers customized solutions based on your needs. The options for varicose vein removal include: 

  • Sclerotherapy: ultrasound-guided injection of a solution that irritates your vein walls to bring on collapse
  • Radiofrequency ablation: heating of the vein walls to force them to constrict and seal off
  • Microphlebectomy: small incisions followed byextraction of veins using a small hook 

The approach used for your varicose vein removal depends on your symptoms, your cosmetic concerns, and your specific situation. Dr. Lee and the L.A. Vein Center team will help you choose the right treatment path to achieve freedom from varicose veins, so get in touch today for your appointment. 

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