Sclerotherapy in Santa Monica – Parkside Surgery Institute
Serving Patients in West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Brentwood
Varicose veins and spider veins affect 25% of women and 15% of men. For the affected people, there is certainly a degree of insecurity with their appearance, but varicose veins can also potentially be a significant health risk. The veins may cause pain, swelling, or a heavy feeling in the legs in addition to the unsightly bulging appearance.
We take the treatment of varicose veins seriously and use the latest state-of-the-art outpatient procedures to eliminate both the veins and the health risks that come with them. Because the treatment for varicose veins different for each person, below is a list of the most frequently asked questions about the veins and the procedures to correct them.
What are varicose veins and why do I have them?
Varicose veins are normally caused by a faulty valve in the affected vein. This valve allows the blood to back flow from the deeper higher pressure veins into the lower pressure surface veins. When this happens, the surface veins dilate and become visible. The first step with every person is to check the valves in your leg with an ultrasound to determine if you have this condition. If you do, then it is very important to amend this issue first to ensure the success of your treatment.
As the arteries carry blood away from the heart, the veins return blood to the heart. Veins are very thin-walled and consequently are prone to stretching and swelling. Furthermore, there are valves which support the blood on its journey back up to the heart. In varicose veins, these valves are defective which causes the swelling related with this condition. This swelling is what is known as varicosity. Because the veins have nerves linked with them, as they stretch, they can become painful.
Varicose veins tend to be hereditary so if your family members have them then your chance of having them is more likely. Otherwise, obesity, tall stature, pregnancy, repeated abdominal straining, as with heavy lifting, and excessive standing on hard surfaces can lead to varicose veins.