Varicose veins are a very common condition that result in gnarled, enlarged veins in the legs and/or feet. For many people, varicose veins are benign and the desire to treat them is purely cosmetic. For others, varicose veins can cause aches, pains, and itching, and may even be indicative of underlying vein disease. 

The vein specialists at Metro Vein Centers are highly experienced in treating varicose veins. Our procedures are performed in-office with little to no downtime, so you can enjoy a pain-free life with restored confidence.

FAQs on Varicose Veins:

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are swollen, bulging, abnormally enlarged veins that protrude from the surface of the skin. They are typically blue or dark purple and have a twisted, rope or cord-like appearance. Varicose veins are formed when veins that are meant to carry blood towards the heart weaken and leak in the wrong direction. Blood then pools in the veins, causing them to enlarge and form varicose veins. 

Veins anywhere in the body can become varicose, but the legs are the most commonly affected area. This can be attributed to the increased pressure exerted on these veins from sustained walking, standing, and many other factors. 

What Are The Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

  • Painful veins
  • Leg fatigue, heaviness, swelling, itching, and/or burning
  • Skin discoloration

Varicose vein symptoms usually get worse as the day progresses, and may be relieved somewhat by leg elevation and aerobic activity. Even those without visible varicose veins may still be symptomatic due to non-visible dilated veins exerting pressure on nerves.

Why Do Varicose Veins Usually Appear In The Legs?

Most varicose veins appear in the legs due to the pressure of body weight, gravity, and the task of carrying blood from the bottom of the body up to the heart. Compared with other veins in the body, leg veins have the toughest job since they endure the most pressure.

What Causes Varicose Veins? 

Varicose veins share many of the same risk factors as chronic venous insufficiency.

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Standing or sitting for long periods
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal changes 
  • Obesity
  • Sun exposure

What Is The Treatment for Varicose Veins?

At Metro Vein Centers, we offer several vein treatment options for varicose veins using the latest, minimally-invasive technology. 

Can Varicose Veins Return After Treatment? 

Current treatments for varicose veins have very high success rates compared to traditional surgical treatments. Over a period of years, however, more abnormal veins can develop as there is no cure for weak vein valves. Ultrasound can be used to keep track of how badly the valves are leaking (venous insufficiency). Ongoing treatment can help keep this problem under control.