If you have noticed veins in your legs that have recently become visible, you may wonder where they came from. Varicose veins don’t usually represent a serious medical problem, but they often do get worse over time, causing burning sensations or chronic pain. They also make people self-conscious about the unsightly appearance of their legs. Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know about vein disease and how easy it is to get rid of varicose veins:
What are varicose veins?
First, let’s clarify the function of veins: After your arteries carry oxygenated blood from your lungs to all the parts of your body, the blood loses its red color and becomes blue-ish. (Blood never looks blue when you cut yourself, because it turns bright red as soon as it is exposed to air.) This de-oxygenated blood is pushed through your veins back to your heart, where it can be pumped once more back into your lungs.
The veins use a series of one-way valves to push the blood back uphill to your heart. If these valves become weakened or damaged for any reason, they allow the blood to pool in the veins and this causes the vein walls to enlarge.
What causes the valves to be weakened?
According to The Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, a number of factors can affect the health of valves in your veins. These delicate structures are kept in shape by physical activity, so any health condition that causes you to walk less may weaken them. Additionally, family heredity can play a big part, since you inherit structural body characteristics from your parents. Specific stresses on your legs such as injury or pregnancy can also result in previously healthy valves becoming less effective.
Can I get rid of varicose veins?
Vein doctors today have many easy, gentle procedures that remove varicose veins entirely. Duplex ultrasound is a way of making your circulatory system visible by bouncing sound waves off the moving blood. This simple procedure does not cause any sensation, but it gives your Florida vein doctor a clear idea of the best therapy.
Quick outpatient treatment
Laser light beams can be directed into the interior of the vein, causing it to naturally contract. Guided with exact precision by ultrasound imaging, this type of treatment is both effective and permanent. Sometimes the doctor will also administer a local anesthetic and simply remove veins that are close to the skin’s surface through a tiny incision. Whichever type of treatment you receive, you will walk out of the clinic that same day with minimal discomfort.
The new minimally-intrusive technologies means you don’t have to live with unsightly swollen veins any longer. Check with your Tampa vein treatment clinic to find out how easily your varicose veins can be removed.