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Varicose Veins in Rockford, IL

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins which are most common to the legs are caused when blood pools in the veins. As a result the veins (4 – 5 mm) in diameter, turn either dark purple or blue and tend to bulge out. In addition to varicose veins, there are two other types of veins in the legs which can suffer damage due to blood pooling. These include:

  • Spider veins are threadlike with a diameter of less than 1 mm. Spider webs that can either present as blue or red veins appear in branching out a pattern.
  • Reticular veins are closer to the surface and are larger than spider veins (1 – 4mm).

In patients with varicose veins as well as both spider and reticular veins, varicose vein treatment can often help in treating the other two smaller veins.

Best Varicose Veins Treatment Options

The following are the varicose veins treatment options that have proven to be highly effective and offer the best success rates.

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What Causes Varicose Veins?

Inside the vein, there is an intricate structure of small one-way valves. The job of these valves is to open when blood flows towards the heart – in order to prevent the blood from flowing back, these veins then close up.

Varicose veins develop anytime these little valves weaken or suffer damage. When this happens, blood is free to flow backward and pool in the veins. Over a period of time, the vein tends to enlarge and bulge out and they begin to twist and stretch. Varicose veins appear most commonly in the legs since blood flow in the legs is furthest from the heart. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also cause varicose veins, however, the condition usually disappears after childbirth.

Genetics can also play a role here. In addition, being overweight and the natural aging process, as well as sun exposure, and standing on the feet for extended periods of time can also cause varicose veins.

Should I Be Concerned About My Varicose Veins?

Are your varicose veins painful? Do you experience fatigue and heaviness and other problems because of the increased pressure? If yes, then it is best that you seek medical help. However, it is best to get treated early when your varicose veins are still small and new. During a consultation for varicose vein treatment Rockford plastic surgeons at PryorHealth can recommend the right treatment options that will work for you.

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