Noticeable varicose veins can not only affect your self-confidence, but they can also interfere with the health of your legs. At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, the board-certified team of vascular specialists offers on-site diagnostics to evaluate your vein health. At their offices in Hauppauge, Port Jefferson Station, and Riverhead, New York, you receive comprehensive treatments customized to meet your needs and address painful varicose veins. Learn more about in-office treatments for varicose veins by calling the center nearest you or by requesting a consultation online today.
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that appear as twisty, ropy bulges just underneath the surface of your skin. This condition results when the valves that control the blood flow in your vessels become weak or damaged and allow blood to flow backward through the vein.
The backflow of blood can pool in your veins and cause them to become enlarged and deformed. In addition to affecting the appearance of your legs, varicose veins can also become painful and cause serious health complications, including blood clots, if they’re left untreated.
Your risk for developing varicose veins increases as you get older. Over time, the valves in your veins can weaken due to normal wear and tear. You may also be at increased risk for developing varicose veins due to other factors, such as having a family history, being obese, or having a sedentary lifestyle.
Hormonal changes in women due to pregnancy, menopause, and birth control pills can also affect the health of the veins. Hormone fluctuations can cause the walls of your veins to relax and allow blood to flow backward.
Identifying varicose veins during a physical exam is usually enough to confirm the condition. Your Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center physician may also perform circulatory testing to determine if the valves in your veins are damaged or if you have a blood clot.
What treatments are available for varicose veins?
Treating varicose veins often involves the use of compression stockings to increase blood flow through the legs. You may also need a minimally invasive treatment, such as sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, or radiofrequency ablation to close the vein and allow blood to flow through nearby healthy veins. Following a vein treatment, you can expect the noticeable, twisted veins begin to fade as the weeks go by.
Your Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center physician can also recommend lifestyle changes to prevent new varicose veins from forming. In addition to wearing compression stockings, you should also avoid prolonged periods of sitting and standing, maintain a healthy weight, and eat a healthy diet. You can also keep healthy circulation in your legs by elevating your legs above your heart when possible.
If you’re bothered by the appearance or pain of varicose veins, schedule an evaluation today by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online now.