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Varicose veins got you down? Instead of looking forward to summertime outdoor fun, are you dreading having to wear less clothing? The good news is that you don’t have to be plagued by your varicose veins anymore. There is hope for your summer yet, and it starts with vein injections to get rid of those pesky veins for good!
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins (also known as spider veins) are those unsightly bulging, twisted, blue or purplish colored veins that may or may not cause you pain and discomfort. Varicose veins can sometimes cause an aching, throbbing, itching or burning sensation and are always painful to look at. Some varicose veins may also bleed chronically. Those individuals who suffer from varicose veins often are self-conscious about their appearance and as a result may struggle with self-esteem issues.
Why Do I Get Varicose Veins?
The job of your arteries is to carry blood from the heart to the rest of the tissue in the body. Veins play the role of returning this blood from the entire body back to the heart so that it can be recirculated. In order to get the blood back to the heart, veins in the legs must work against gravity. Muscle contractions in the legs work as a sort of pump with the elastic walls of the veins to get the blood back to the heart. The vein walls are made up of tiny valves that open as the blood flows in the direction of the heart and then close once it passes to prevent backflow.
As we age our veins lose elasticity, which in turn causes them to stretch. When this happens the valves that are supposed to prevent the backflow of blood become weak and do not function as they should. The result is blood that pools within the vein and causes the vein to enlarge. This enlargement is known as varicose. The swollen vein appears blue or purplish in color because the blood that is engorging the vein is deoxygenated.
What Else Causes Varicose Veins?
In addition to aging, pregnancy can also lead to varicose veins. The reason some pregnant women suffer from varicose veins is because pregnancy increases the volume of blood in the body, but decreases the actual flow of blood from the legs. This change in circulation plays a role in supporting the life of the fetus, but the unfortunate result is engorgement of the veins in the legs. Changes in hormones may also play a role in the development or worsening of varicose veins during pregnancy.
Those veins that develop as a result of pregnancy generally do not require treatment and will likely resolve within 12 months of delivery. However, age-associated veins that are the result of weight gain or prolonged standing will require treatment to improve.
Vein Injection Treatments Can Help!
Varicose veins are not aesthetically pleasing and they can be uncomfortable and even painful. The good news is that vein injection treatments can help. Sclerotherapy (also known as vein injection treatment) is a procedure that is designed to remedy the appearance of varicose veins. The procedure itself involves injecting a solution directly into the vein which works to damage the internal lining of the vein. This damage causes blood to clot within the vein and in time the body will destroy the useless vein. When this happens, the vein disappears!
Don’t let varicose veins hold you hostage this summer—pull out those bikinis and summer dresses because you are going to need them! Dr. Vargas is ready to help get your legs ready for some fun in the sun with vein injection treatments that will rid your legs of those painful and unsightly veins. Set up your consultation today!