Roughly 23% of adults get varicose veins, which appear primarily on the legs. At Valencia Medical Center in Olympia Heights, Miami, Florida, Judith Valencia, MD, and Inti Fernandez, MD, can treat varicose veins to diminish their sizes and explore the possible underlying causes of your bulging veins. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are bulging blood vessels that often take on a purple, blue, or red color and appear twisted or engorged. They’re most common on the legs, where blood struggles to move upward.
While varicose veins don’t always express other symptoms, some people experience aching or heaviness in the legs. Receiving treatment for your varicose veins helps alleviate symptoms like these, but you can also treat your varicose veins for cosmetic purposes.
Varicose veins develop because of the valve system within your veins that helps blood flow against gravity. A series of valves open and close to lift blood upward inside your veins.
These valves often get weaker and less effective with time, which causes blood to stop moving upward at the same rate and pooling in your legs.
When the blood pools in a vein, the walls expand. Eventually, the vein can push close to the skin and even protrude above the skin’s level, forming a varicose vein.
Varicose veins commonly form during pregnancy, and you’re more likely to get them as you grow older. You’re also likely to get varicose veins if you stand or sit for long periods, which causes your circulation to decline.
Not everyone at risk will get varicose veins, but the team at Valencia Medical Center can help you explore possible risk factors.
It’s up to you whether to seek treatment for your varicose veins. If you have leg pain or pressure associated with your varicose veins, you might want to treat them to relieve the discomfort or improve your mobility.
However, you can also get treatment for varicose veins if you just don’t like how they look.
Valencia Medical Center helps you manage varicose veins with lifestyle alterations and can provide medical treatment depending on the extent of the condition. Some of the most effective treatments for varicose veins are:
The team recommends a treatment plan based on your medical history, the severity of your condition, and any other symptoms that come with your varicose veins. In many cases, a noninvasive approach is the easiest and most effective way to manage varicose veins.
To explore each of your treatment options for varicose veins, call Valencia Medical Center or book an appointment online today.