Seeing our vein doctor can improve your health as well as your appearance. Many people experience a lower level of self-esteem because of appearance issues that are created by vascular conditions. Depending on the specific condition, others deal with uncomfortable symptoms on a regular basis. Our vein doctor can conduct a screening and let you know if you have vascular conditions that need some type of intervention.
The two most common conditions for which individuals seek the services of our vein doctor are varicose veins and spider veins. While both fall into the same general category, varicose veins develop in larger vessels and are found almost exclusively in the legs. Spider veins, on the other hand, can develop on the face and chest as well as the legs. They form in the smaller capillaries that branch off from larger vessels and are often found near the surface of the skin.
The length of the veins in the legs and the fact that the blood is often flowing against the pull of gravity makes the legs susceptible for the formation of varicose veins. The condition can develop when the valves in the veins begin to fail. They are there to ensure that the blood can only flow toward the heart and lungs. Since, for the leg veins, the flow is in an upward direction for much of the time, failing valves means gravity can pull the blood in the wrong direction. This causes the flow to work against the natural pumping direction of the heart. Too much pressure can be exerted from inside the veins as a result. This will cause them to enlarge and become varicose.
Varicose veins are usually visible through the skin. They look like large, blue streaks that go off in different directions. In addition, their size can cause the skin to bulge out in ways that resemble cords or small pieces of rope under the skin.
Many people with varicose veins struggle to get through the day because of the symptoms they can produce. There can be some aching and burning that makes life uncomfortable. Some itching and tingling can be present as well. Those that must spend time on their feet often notice swelling of the ankles and legs also.
If you have varicose veins, you may be at a higher risk for other health problems like the formation of blood clots. These clots can be near the surface or in deep tissue. The deeper clots have a greater chance of moving through the veins until they reach the lungs where they can cause serious problems. A screening by our vein doctor is your best bet for preventing these types of problems.
Spider veins are much smaller, but they can develop on the face as well as the legs and chest. They seldom cause health risks or symptoms, but the impact on the self-esteem can be devastating for many. Fortunately, our vein doctor at South Texas Vein Institute can offer a variety of treatments that will get rid of them. If you want to improve your appearance or eliminate other problems associated with vascular conditions, you should make an appointment with our experienced vein doctor in Edinburg. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!