Vein disease can cause appearance issues and health problems, depending on the type you have. In either case, our vein doctor can perform an evaluation and discuss your treatment options with you. If you have vascular problems, the good news is that the veins can usually be treated in a way that will successfully eliminate them.
Varicose veins can lead to both cosmetic issues and health problems. They develop almost exclusively on the legs. A primary cause is faulty valves inside the veins. They are there to prevent the blood from flowing backwards by allowing it to only go one way. Because the leg veins are so long and the blood must be pumped against gravity much of the time to get it back to the lungs, the valves are necessary to keep it from backing up between heart beats. When the valves fail, they will allow the blood to pool inside the vessels. This will cause them to enlarge and develop into varicose veins.
When veins become varicose, they are usually visible through the skin in the form of blue streaks. If they are located close enough to the surface, they will cause the skin to bulge out in ways that look like small ropes under the skin. Together, the bulging and the discoloration can cause some self-confidence issues for those who have them. Many people seek treatment for varicose veins for cosmetic reasons.
Varicose veins can also cause discomfort. These symptoms tend to get worse late in the day, especially if the individual has spent a lot of time standing. Even those who must remain in a stationary seated position can experience the symptoms. These symptoms can include things like aching, burning and itching. There may also be some numbness and tingling, as well as some swelling of the legs and ankles.
In addition to the discomforts caused by varicose veins, there can be a higher risk of PE blood clots or deep vein thrombosis. This is one more reason to seek treatment for vein disease.
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins except for the size of the vessels. Spider veins develop in the smaller vessels known as capillaries. They can also appear on the face and chest as well as the legs. They seldom produce symptoms, however.
Treatment options can vary, and the best treatment for you will depend on your personal needs. Sclerotherapy is a frequently used method that involves injecting a solution into the veins. It will cause the veins to collapse and turn into scar tissue, which the body will then begin to absorb. Problem veins can also be destroyed by laser therapy and endovenous laser ablation. The laser energy is focused onto the veins without harming the surrounding tissue. We will help you decide which course of treatment will be best for you during your consultation.
The proper way to address your vein disease is to make an appointment with us at the South Texas Vein Institute. We are located in Edinburg and proudly serve the area with personalized, comprehensive vein disease treatments for each and every patient. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more.