Experience healthier, better-looking legs with treatment for varicose veins in Boca Raton
Varicose veins are characterized by the appearance of engorged, discolored veins on the surface of the skin. They develop as a result of swollen veins that cause blood to pool in the shallow veins of the extremities. They are most common in the legs, and affect about half of all people over 50.
Dr. Schoenhaus offers treatment for varicose veins, including Radiofrequency ablation and laser vein removal in Boca Raton.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, inflamed veins that impede proper blood flow, ultimately causing blood to pool. This happens most frequently in the lower extremities, commonly appearing on the inside of the legs, thighs or the back of the calves. Varicose veins can also develop in other parts of the body.
While varicose veins are similar to spider veins, the two are separate medical conditions. Varicose veins are considered a more severe form of venous insufficiency than spider veins.
Varicose veins are caused by weak and damaged valves within the blood vessels that are unable to properly push blood back to the heart. When the valves become weak, blood can flow backwards through the veins and pool in the legs.
Varicose veins often develop as a result of standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time, like during travel or work.
A number of other factors will also increase your risk of developing varicose veins, such as:
- Family history of venous insufficiency
- Hormonal changes, like menopause
- Increased sun exposure
Varicose veins are often accompanied by a collection of symptoms and can become painful if left untreated.
Symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Mild to severe pain
- Rash or other form of skin irritation
- Restless legs syndrome
- Darkening of the skin
These symptoms will develop at the site of varicose veins and can grow more severe over time. If left untreated, varicose veins can increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, bleeding and skin ulcers.
Treatment for Varicose Veins
Dr. Schoenhaus may recommend a number of lifestyle changes to help in the treatment of varicose veins. These may include avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time or wearing compression stockings to enhance blood flow.
If varicose veins are severe then Dr. Schoenhaus may recommend minimally invasive treatment options, such as laser vein removal, Radiofrequency ablation or sclerotherapy.