It is estimated that more than 80 million Americans suffer from painful, bulging varicose veins or unsightly spider veins. These veins are more than an embarrassing condition. Over time, the veins form of venous disease that can lead to severe complications. Dr. Schoenhaus in the Boca Raton and Boynton Beach Leg Vein Center offers treatment solutions for spider and varicose veins that will make you happy to reveal your smooth, healthy legs for the world to see.
Veins take deoxygenated blood from a body part and bring it back to the heart. Because veins in the legs oppose gravity and flow in an upward direction, the veins have one way valves. When the valves do not work properly, blood collects in the veins called venous insufficiency.
When the blood collects in these areas, spider and varicose veins will develop:
Vein disease affects men and women of all ages. However, spider and varicose veins are most common among women. Many women begin to notice the appearance of spider veins after childbirth as a result of direct pressure on the veins in the pelvic region and the lower extremities. Furthermore, hormones and the extra volume of blood in the body will often cause varicose veins with age.
Varicose and spider veins can be physically and emotionally painful, and sufferers often feel embarrassed, frustrated and, in some cases, depressed. However, a physical exam and ultrasound study will determine if the condition is medical or cosmetic, and also will illuminate appropriate options for treatment.
Factors that can increase your risk for vein disease include:
Prior to performing a cosmetic procedure, any underlying vein disorders must be medically controlled. Under the skin surface, veins are visualized with an ultrasound. If veins are more than cosmetic, an ultrasound is performed. This will give a clear understanding of the underlying vein valves. This is noninvasive, pain free and performed in the office.
There are several forms of treatment available for the reduction and removal of spider and varicose veins, including:
The best type of treatment for your vein disease depends on the severity of your condition and lifestyle factors that might have contributed to the development of your vein disease.