Varicose Vein Treatment for Those Unusual Places Varicose Veins Can Develop
Venous insufficiency, or vein disease, is no laughing matter.
In extreme cases, venous insufficiency could lead to symptoms like the formation of life-threatening blood clots, which is why patients who suffer from varicose veins should always seek proper diagnosis and treatment from qualified medical professionals. Whether varicose veins are merely unsightly or they cause physical symptoms, you need to visit the board-certified physicians at Metro Vein Centers for appropriate diagnosis and care.
In some cases, ropy, bulging, and dark-colored varicose veins are merely a plague on your confidence, causing you to cover affected areas with long clothing. Other patients might suffer from any number of unfortunate physical symptoms, including aches and pains, cramps, swelling, tingling, itching, burning, numbness, heaviness, restless legs, and even more severe symptoms like bleeding and ulcers.
Although varicose veins are most often found in the lower extremities, and particularly the lower legs, it’s not unheard of for varicose veins to pop up in other places, sometimes in areas that are difficult to hide. Varicose veins could appear on the arms and hands. When smaller veins in other areas of the body swell or break, causing red or purple webbing to appear on the surface of the skin, they are generally referred to as spider veins, and these are common in the upper extremities and even the face, neck, chest, and back.
Regardless of where varicose veins occur, you would probably rather be rid of them. The good news is that the specialists at Metro Vein Centers are more than qualified to diagnose and treat your condition with minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options. Why do you get varicose veins and what can you do to eliminate them? Here’s what you need to know.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins, like some other forms of venous insufficiency, occur when the valves that direct blood flow in your veins begin to weaken and fail. When this happens, blood no longer flows directly back to the heart as it should. Instead it can start to back up and pool, causing superficial veins (i.e. those near the surface of the skin) to expand. This, in turn, creates the thick, ropy veins that stand out on the skin, the hallmark of the condition.
So why do these valves fail? There could be any number of reasons. Heredity is a common reason, so if parents, grandparents, or other family members have varicose veins, you are at increased risk of developing them, as well. Age is a common factor in the development of varicose veins. As our bodies age and naturally begin to wear out, it’s not uncommon for issues with valves to occur, leading to the onset of varicose veins.
Women are also more likely to develop varicose veins than men, and pregnant women, in particular, could experience the onset of varicose veins due to increased blood volume, paired with greater pressure on the lower extremities that decreases blood flow. The good news in this case is that varicose veins may subside following childbirth. Obesity can also create higher risk due to increased stress on the veins.
Regardless of the reasons for your varicose veins or where they happen to appear on your body, there is hope. Working with the qualified physicians at Metro Vein Centers, you can choose the minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment that’s right for you and eliminate the signs and symptoms of this condition.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options
It wasn’t that long ago that the only real option for treating varicose veins was a painful and invasive surgical procedure known as vein stripping, by which incisions were made to remove offending veins from the body. These days, patients have far better options to explore thanks to new technologies and techniques.
Metro Vein Centers offers three appealing varicose vein treatment options, including sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), and endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), all of which are quick, painless, outpatient procedures.
Sclerotherapy is probably the most common treatment because it is the least invasive, it boasts the fastest recovery time, and it can be used to treat both spider veins and varicose veins. This means that patients dealing with venous insufficiency that affects their extremities and even the face, neck, chest, and back area could find a single treatment for all of their issues.
The treatment involves the injection of a sclerosing solution into affected veins that causes them to collapse and be reabsorbed into the body. Sclerotherapy generally entails no anesthesia and the procedure can be completed in as little as about ten minutes.
RFA involves the insertion of a small catheter into the veins to deliver radio waves that seal off the veins, while EVLT involves the insertion of a fiber optic cable that uses laser light to seal the vein, leading to collapse and reabsorption. Both treatments can be completed in about an hour with the use of local anesthetic. Most patients return to normal activities within 24 hours and see significant results with just a few weeks of healing.
The Benefits of Choosing Metro Vein Centers
The board-certified specialists at Metro Vein Centers are more than qualified to provide modern, minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options to patients at need. With multiple locations in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Texas, there may be a Metro Vein Centers conveniently located near you. In addition, many varicose vein treatments are covered by insurance, including Medicaid.
There’s no need to suffer with varicose veins on your legs or arms and related issues like spider veins on other areas of your body. Metro Vein Centers can help.