Varicose veins are very common and can make it hard to feel confident about the appearance of your skin. There are treatments to help, and Hara Misra, MD, of Scottsdale Vascular Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, is an outstanding resource for all vascular health topics, including varicose veins. Booking a visit is as simple as a phone call or a few moments online, so don’t delay.
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, and bulging veins visible through the surface of your skin. Some people only have one small area where varicose veins are visible, while others have large areas of bulging veins.
These veins usually develop on the legs, feet, and ankles, and are generally blue or purple. Varicose veins are a type of venous disease.
Each time your heart beats, it pumps oxygenated blood into your arteries. That blood travels throughout your body and into smaller blood vessels called capillaries to nourish your cells. The cells then return the deoxygenated blood to the capillaries and, in turn, into your veins, which work to transport the blood back to your heart.
Varicose veins develop when blood becomes trapped inside a vein, preventing the normal flow of blood back to the heart. The vein walls begin to bulge and twist, and the veins become visible through your skin.
Spider veins are also a form of damaged blood vessels. These are small clusters of veins visible through your skin. They tend to be flat, as opposed to the bulging of varicose veins, and often develop in a pattern similar to a spiderweb, hence the name.
Spider veins can be red, blue, or purple. You might notice these clusters of enlarged veins on your face, feet, or the areas behind your knees. Spider veins also tend to develop on the legs around varicose veins.
Most varicose or spider veins are not dangerous, although severe varicose veins can increase your risk of developing blood clots and should be evaluated. Some people experience itching or pain in the area. For most people, varicose veins are simply unsightly.
You should seek treatment for varicose veins if you notice any of the following:
Of course, you can also seek treatment to address the aesthetic aspects of varicose veins. There are numerous options for varicose vein treatment and spider vein treatment. You don’t have to accept unsightly veins as an inevitable part of life.
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