Varicose veins are enlarged veins that have made their way to the surface of your skin. Any vein that is near the epidermis of the skin can become varicose. But what you are wondering is whether or not they are dangerous.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are usually caused when the blood valves become weak or damaged. Arteries are responsible for transporting blood from the heart. Veins are what carry blood from the entire body back to the heart. For this process to work, our veins need to work against gravity.
The small valves located in the veins open as blood goes into the heart and close to prevent backflow. If these valves become damaged or weakened, this can cause the blood to backflow, which, in turn, makes the veins stretch or twist.
There are certain conditions that can cause varicose veins to form, which include:
- Natural aging
- Sitting for long periods of time.
- Having a family history of varicose veins.
What Are The Complications of Varicose Veins?
Although varicose veins are typically harmless and more of a cosmetic issue, they can be the result of a more serious condition.
Here is a list of complications that can caused by varicose veins:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Edema, which is when swelling occurs by a buildup of fluid.
- Potential skin infections
- Permanent vein injuries
- Thrombus, which is a blood clot.
If you suspect that you have one of these complications, contact your doctor immediately.
How Can Varithena Help Treat Varicose Veins?
Varithena is a minimally invasive procedure and is the latest iteration of varicose vein treatment. It is an injectable microfoam that has been approved by the FDA. Compared to traditional varicose vein treatments, such as sclerotherapy and vein stripping, Varithena removes a lot of potential risks involving treatment. There are no incisions, you do not have to go under anesthesia, and you do not need to have multiple injections.
Are There Any Side Effects Involved With Varithena?
Yes, there are side effects that can occur upon receiving Varithena. Some of the most common side effects include leg pain, discomfort with the injection site, and bruising. Although rare, it is possible to have serious blood clotting following treatments. If any of these side effects do not go away, contact your doctor immediately.
What Should I Tell My Doctor Before Treatment?
Before acquiring Varithena, you will need to have a consultation with Dr. Larisse K. Lee. During this consultation, you will need to tell her the following information:
- You have reduced mobility.
- You have arterial disease.
- You have a history of having blood clots.
- You are pregnant or have recently given birth.
- You recently had a major operation.
This information is necessary as it can help mitigate any potential complications with the treatment.
Schedule an Appointment
Varicose veins may be a cosmetic issue in most cases but left unchecked, they could be a sign of a more serious issue. If you are interested in getting Varithena treatment, contact the LA Vein Center at 818-325-0400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karisse Lee today!
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