Experience healthier, better-looking legs with treatment for varicose veins in Boca Raton
Varicose veins are characterized by being engorged, purple, and discolored 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 a range of treatments for varicose veins including Venaseal, Radiofrequency ablation, and laser vein removal in Boca Raton.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are veins that 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. Sometimes they 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 backward through the veins and pool in the legs.
The condition often develops as a result of standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time, like during travel or work.
Factors that can increase your risk of developing varicose veins include:
- Family history of venous insufficiency
- Hormonal changes, like menopause
- Increased sun exposure
The symptoms of varicose veins range from mild to severe, including:
- Rash or other forms of skin irritation
- Restless legs syndrome
- Darkening of the skin
These symptoms will develop at the site of the vein and can grow more severe over time. If left untreated, it can increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, bleeding, and skin ulcers.
Dr. Schoenhaus may recommend a number of lifestyle changes to help in the treatment. These may include avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time or wearing compression stockings to enhance blood flow.
Read our Blog about Bleeding Varicose Veins to learn more.