Your legs do so much for you...allowing you to walk, run, swim, dance, whatever you'd like! They were designed to move...which means that varicose veins can be a huge cramp in your lifestyle.
Listen to your legs — get treatment for your varicose veins. At Well Life, we believe walking well means living well. Read on to learn about our vein treatment options, including remedies for unsightly spider veins.
Varicose veins are a painful condition in which your veins expand and lengthen due to poor circulation. They occur most frequently in the legs, where gravity makes it harder for the veins to return blood to your heart. As a result, blood pools in the veins, causing them to swell.
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Varicose veins are a type of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), which means your veins are too weak or damaged to pass blood back to the heart. Your legs' veins contain one-way valves that direct the blood flow upward against gravity. If those valves become damaged or defective, though, the blood flows backward. This is called vein reflux, and it usually occurs in the superficial veins surrounding your muscles.
As the blood pools, the veins' walls stretch and blood pressure increases, causing other valves to fail. Eventually, the veins bulge and twist, damaging minor tributaries and reticular veins as well. This is not only painful but also unsightly: you may see ripples of bumps along your legs, dark-colored patches, or purplish spider veins.
Using ultrasound guidance, we locate the diseased vein and inject a drug to make it collapse. This treatment is often used for spider veins as the shrinking agent will disperse among the network of affected vessels.
This technique uses radiofrequency waves to deliver targeted energy to the affected vein. As a result, the vein wall shrinks and collapses, closing the vein and sending blood toward healthy veins. The procedure is simple and efficient, allowing patients to recover quickly.
is a new, minimally invasive method for treating varicose veins. It injects microfoam into the affected area with just 1-2 needle sticks. This substance fills the damaged vein and heals the wall while redirecting blood to healthier veins. This allows bulging veins to shrink while healthy veins can remove the pooled blood.
The procedure takes less than an hour and is painless for most patients. This means less downtime and fewer risks than surgical vein stripping or other methods. While Varithena is not recommended for people with blood clots, it presents an exciting new treatment option for varicose veins.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is the root cause of both varicose veins and spider veins. When veins' valves fail, the blood flows backward, causing the veins to bulge and stretch. Nearby superficial veins may be cut off or damaged, resulting in the thread-like, purple or blue "spider veins." Not everyone experiences pain from spider veins, but they're a telltale sign of CVI — which means the condition can worsen over time.
Spider veins are unpleasant in their appearance, so you may feel self-conscious or embarrassed when they appear. Unfortunately, there is no cosmetic product that can fix spider veins.
As they are caused by the same condition as varicose veins, it's best to treat the underlying disease rather than the symptoms.
Seeking treatment for CVI is an investment in your health and happiness. It's ok to be vain about your veins. You deserve to look and feel your best.
Ready for healthy, strong, good-looking legs? Reach out to Well Life Family Medicine and let's see how we can help your veins and get you moving!