Summer can be a stressful time of year for some people. Wearing dresses, shorts, or going to the beach in a swimsuit can be an ordeal when you are trying to hide varicose veins on your legs. There is a lot of information out there about varicose veins, but information alone can’t remove the unsightly veins from your legs. The Aestheticians at VIP Medical Aesthetics want you to know that there is help out there. Get all of the information you need to know and then contact a caring aesthetician today to schedule an appointment to finally get rid of your varicose veins so you can get back to enjoying summer.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Veins carry blood throughout your body and return blood back to the heart and lungs. Varicose veins are typically found on the legs, but can also occur on your hands, chest, and face. When the veins become twisted or enlarged, the vein will show on the surface of the skin as red or bluish lines. Veins usually become more prominent as a person ages, but they are also hereditary. There are two types of varicose veins, superficial and deep.
- The superficial veins are closer to the skin and are connected to the deep veins. Perforator veins are also located near the skin which help connect the superficial veins and the deep veins.
- Deep veins are located within the muscle and connective tissue. They work to pump blood from the veins to the heart. They also have one-way valves which prevent them from developing into varicose veins.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Even though the cause for varicose veins is unknown, there are some theories. Many aestheticians believe that varicose veins are caused by damaged valves within the vein. When valves are damaged, the blood isn’t flowing properly. It is uncertain why the valves stop functioning properly. It may be that inherited issues cause poorly functioning valves or that a person doesn’t have enough valves. Another theory is that there are problems with the vein’s wall itself. When someone who has veins that aren’t functioning properly stands up, the blood flows to the superficial veins rather than up towards the heart. A combination of blood flowing the wrong way and muscles putting pressure on the deep veins cause the superficial veins to become varicose.
There are some factors that can make varicose veins worse:
- Pregnancy will increase the volume of blood in a woman. This will increase blood pressure which can increase the risk for varicose veins.
- Prolonged standing or sitting
- Previous surgery that affects the flow of blood
Are They Dangerous?
Even though most people are affected more by the appearance of varicose veins, there are some symptoms. Symptoms can include aching, tightness, swelling, cramping, or restless legs. Typically, varicose veins are not dangerous, but they shouldn’t be ignored completely. If veins become tender or swollen, if they leave sores on the skin, or begin to affect the quality of life, you should see a doctor. These symptoms, if not treated properly, can lead to ulcers, wounds, or blood clots.
Preventing varicose veins may not be 100 percent effective, but following these tips will keep them from developing complications. Many people may think that wearing compression stockings is a fad that doesn’t actually prevent varicose veins or help them dissolve, but they will help the blood to flow properly. Other tips for preventing varicose veins are to stick to a healthy diet, stay at a healthy weight, and avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. If you have sustained an injury to your legs, try to keep them elevated.
If trying compression stocking didn’t bring the results you would like, there are medical treatments that may provide desired results. Sclerotherapy is a method the aestheticians specialize in at VIP Medical Aesthetics. During the procedure, a solution will be injected into the veins that close the veins. Multiple sessions may be required, but in a few weeks, the vein will begin to fade. Sclerotherapy generally does not require anesthesia, can be completed in around 30 minutes, and can be done at an aestheticians office. After the procedure, you will need to wear compression stockings but should be able to return to normal activity right away. Laser surgery is another method of treatment. A laser is used to close the vein rather than an injection. The vein will begin to fade over time.
Don’t let summer keep you inside, prevent you from enjoying hot days on the beach, or leave you feeling self-conscious. If you want to feel confident with vein-free legs, contact an aesthetician today at VIP Medical Aesthetics. We don’t just treat varicose veins, we can also give you clearer skin with chemical peels, tighter skin with botox injections, or thicker hair with PRP injections. Embrace this summer with your most beautiful self when you contact us today about our concierge medicine.