Varicose veins are not simply a cosmetic concern. For many people, they can be very painful. In a healthy and well-functioning vein, the valves within the vein keep the blood running smoothly and consistently towards the heart. In the case of varicose veins however, the valves malfunction and the blood begins to pool, this causes the vein to become enlarged, swollen, and in many cases irritated and uncomfortable. Most often you find these enlarged veins on the legs, but they can appear on other parts of the body as well. Though they can develop with no known cause, there are certain things that may irritate or worsen the condition, such as pregnancy, standing for extended periods of time, weight gain or congenital defects.
No matter how they develop, there are several types of vein treatments that you can pursue in the Pompano Beach area. Some of the treatments offered are of the laser therapy variety. During this type of vein treatment your doctor will use a concentrated amount of light and heat to damage the vein causing scar tissue to develop. As the scar tissue accumulates, it basically ‘seals’ or closes the vein. When the vein loses its blood supply it will eventually disappear. Another alternative is an endovenous laser treatment that entails the use of a catheter threaded through the vein as the doctor observes the vein and procedure on a duplex ultrasound screen. Vein treatment can be performed on both leg veins (the endovenous laser treatment becoming more popular for these type of veins) and the tiny veins just below the surface of the skin commonly found on the face. Both laser treatments are effective, and in many cases are not only less painful than vein ligation and stripping, but they also often provide a faster recovery period.