There are a number of reasons why people in the McAllen area are interested in getting professional vein treatment. They may seek treatment for conditions such as varicose veins, spider veins, or other issues that cause damage or inflammation to their veins.
Your veins play a vital role in your health. They are the conduits by which blood and other nutrients are transported through the body. Your arteries are what carry oxygenated blood to your heart and other parts of your body. Your veins transport the blood back to your heart. This allows the blood to be re-oxygenated and then returned to the body.
In some ways, your veins can be compared to the plumbing system in a home. In order for a plumbing system to work properly, the tubing needs to be of the right size, it cannot be damaged, and it should only allow fluids to flow in one direction. Your veins prevent the backflow of blood via valves that only close or open in one way.
An example of this can be seen when you look at the way your calf muscles work. When your calf muscles contract, blood is squeezed out of the veins. When your calf muscles relax, the valves that you have in your veins will close temporarily. This makes it impossible for the blood to travel backwards.
The muscles and veins in your legs play a vital role in the circulation process. Your legs have three types of veins. You have veins that are superficial, you have veins that are perforating, and then you have deep veins. Some people have questions about perforating veins and what they do. Basically, perforating veins serve as conduits between your superficial veins and your deep veins.
Depending on the transparency of your skin, you may actually be able to see some of your superficial veins. Your superficial veins are only going to transport around 10 percent of the blood in your legs. Deep veins run through the muscles of your legs. They run parallel to your superficial veins. They have the responsibility of transporting up to 90 percent of the blood from your legs back to your heart.
What are Varicose Veins?
A major health condition that causes a lot of McAllen residents to visit our vein specialist and seek vein treatment are varicose veins. Varicose veins are large and swollen veins that bulge underneath the skin. These veins tend to have a blue, purple, or green appearance.
Many have compared varicose veins to the appearance of thin cords or ropes traveling down a person’s legs. Varicose veins are considered unattractive. They detract from a person’s appearance. They can make a person feel self-conscious. It is not uncommon for an individual who has varicose veins to avoid situations where they have to wear shorts or where they have to wear a swimsuit because they are ashamed of having their varicose veins exposed to the world.
Varicose veins form when the valves in your veins are not working properly. When the valves do not close properly or when the blood vessel’s walls are weak, this causes bulging. When the valves in your veins are working normally, blood does not travel in the wrong direction. It does not travel down backward towards your foot. However, because of the damage to the valve in the varicose vein, blood is able to escape and go backwards when your leg muscles relax. As a result, blood begins to pool in your veins. This leads to increased pressure on the vein and causes the vein to become swollen as it is full of excess blood. Varicose veins can happen anywhere on your legs. They can be painful. If they are not addressed with the right vein treatment, they can lead to more serious health conditions.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small and dilated blood vessels. These are usually veins that are closer to the surface of your skin. Similar to varicose veins, spider veins are considered unattractive. They typically take on a red, blue, or purplish color. Some spider veins present themselves with no additional symptoms. Other spider veins may be painful, may itch, and in some cases may bleed.
When a person in McAllen has spider veins, it is usually because larger veins deeper in the body are experiencing increased pressure. A vein professional may perform an ultrasound to determine the origin of the spider veins. At times, identifying the problem with deeper veins and correcting it can minimize the appearance of spider veins.
Whether you are dealing with spider veins or varicose veins, our skilled professionals are able to diagnose them. They are able to look at the veins and based on their visual inspection determine the condition that you are dealing with. They may perform deeper scans to determine if blood clots are behind spider veins or varicose veins. Ultrasounds may be used to look at the blood flow within a vein. This can help them identify the point of reflux and make necessary corrections. From there, a vein treatment can be recommended.
What are the Available Treatment Options?
There are a number of treatment options available for individuals in McAllen and the surrounding area dealing with spider veins and varicose veins. In most cases, the goal of these treatments is to relieve the symptoms.
A person who is battling with varicose veins should strive to lift their legs as much as possible. They may want to schedule small breaks during the day, especially if they have a job that requires them to stand or to sit for extended periods of time. The goal is to raise your legs above the level of your heart for around 30 minutes at a time. This helps with the blood flow and prevents the pooling of blood in the veins.
Compression stockings may be prescribed by our vein specialist. To be effective, an individual would need to put the compression stockings on before they start to move around in the morning. This prevents the blood from being able to pool in the veins. Compression stockings are worn in conjunction with supervision from a doctor. If you put on compression stockings and you feel like your symptoms are getting worse or you feel an increase in pain, you will want to discuss the situation with the healthcare provider.
When a person is seeking vein treatment and they visit a vein specialist for varicose veins, one of the things the doctor may recommend is that they lose weight. Losing weight may take pressure off of the veins. Doctors may recommend that patients go on a low-salt and high-fiber diet.
There are other simple lifestyle changes that a person dealing with vein issues can implement. For example, exercising more causes your muscles to contract, which in turn pushes blood out of deeper vein systems. Also, avoid crossing your legs when you sit. Of course, everyone is different, and if these conservative lifestyle changes do not produce the desired results, it may be necessary for an individual to get more pinpointed vein treatments.
The Benefits of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a popular treatment that has helped many people who are dealing with varicose veins. This is a treatment that uses an injection of a special solution to irritate the lining of the blood vessels. This causes the blood vessels to collapse and stick together. With time, the blood vessel that is being treated turns into scar tissue and disappears from view.
Sclerotherapy has been successfully used since the 1930s. People like sclerotherapy because it is a minimally-invasive treatment that does not require surgery or set downtime. The treatment is performed in the comfort of our office. Depending on the size of the veins that are being treated and their location, it may be possible to treat multiple veins during the same session. Sclerotherapy is an outpatient treatment. Once treatment is done, you will be able to leave our office and in short order go back to doing your everyday activities.
You may be a good candidate for this treatment if you are in relatively good health and do not have any other conditions that would disqualify you from it. Some of the things that our specialist will ask you about prior to having this treatment done is whether or not you are pregnant and if you have had a blood clot in the past. Having a blood clot does not automatically disqualify you from sclerotherapy, but the professional will want to evaluate the location of the clot, why the clot developed, and your overall health following the treatment of the clot.
When is the Right Time to Undergo Treatment?
Keep in mind that sclerotherapy is just one of the non-surgical vein treatment options that we have available. It’s also important to keep in mind that treatment is not one-size-fits-all. We customize each treatment plan based on each patient’s needs and goals. As such, the right time to undergo professional vein treatment will vary from patient to patient. That’s one of the reasons why a consultation is so important.
Are you a McAllen resident seeking vein treatment? Maybe you have wondered if sclerotherapy or other non-surgical treatments are right for you. If so, we warmly invite you to reach out to DHR Health Vein Institute. We would be happy to schedule a consultation for you at our office in McAllen. Let’s discuss the vein issues that are affecting your health and appearance. We will work with you to find the best solution for you. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started. We look forward to speaking with you!