What are Varicose Veins
We’ve all seen them, usually on the back of the knees of calves of older women, large, bulging veins, dark-blue or purplish in color. In fact, the word varicose comes from a Latin word meaning “twisted”, an accurate description of the corded, twisted veins that bulge above the surface of the skin. They are most common in people over the age of 50 – almost 50% have varicose veins in one form or another. Women are also more likely to suffer from varicose veins, especially pregnant women. But anyone can get them.
What causes Varicose Veins?
You have to look inside the anatomy of a vein to see how they work. Blood flows through your veins every time your heart pumps, circulating blood around your entire body. As blood travels uphill back up your legs towards your heart, gravity would tend to pull it down. To counteract this, veins have one-way valves, kind of like automatic doors that open and shut, that allowing blood to be pushed through, but then closing behind it so the blood can’t flow back down before the next heart beat. In normal healthy leg veins, blood flow is smooth and steady, the valves work and all is good.
But if those valves weakened and begin to fail, blood is allowed to flow backward and pool up and swell, making the veins expand and bulge above the surface of the skin- and there you have it, varicose and spider veins.
Is there a non-surgical treatment with no downtime?
These days, these varicose veins and spider veins can be treated with a simple micro injection called “sclerotherapy”. It is a simple and effective procedure and you can resume your normal activities immediately. Treatment requires 1-6 sclerotheray sessions placed 2-4 weeks apart, depending on the severity of varicose veins.
Not all veins can be treated using this technique but most can ……