The specific reasons for seeking vein treatment can vary from individual to individual. This is because each person is different, and everyone faces their own set of circumstances. If you are having vein issues and are contemplating treatment, you have your own reasons as well. Regardless of the specific details that lead you to consider treatment options, your reasons will likely fit into one of three broad categories: health, discomfort, and appearance.
The two conditions for which the vast majority of vein treatment procedures are performed are varicose veins and spider veins. While there is a great deal of similarity in the two, there are some important differences as well. They are similar in that both conditions come about when the blood begins to back up in the veins. This causes them to become enlarged. They are usually visible through the skin. The main difference in the two is simply the size of the blood vessels that are affected by the condition.
When spider veins develop, they do so in the vessels that are among the smallest in the body: the capillaries. They are the vessels that branch out from the larger ones. Spider veins are typically located closer to the surface of the skin. This is why they become visible, in spite of their small size. Visibility is the reason most people look at treatment options for spider veins. They commonly occur on the face, legs and chest. They seldom cause any other symptoms or any more serious health problems. The appearance, however, is enough of a reason for many people to seek vein treatment.
Varicose veins, on the other hand, can be more serious. They, too, cause appearance issues. When varicose veins become enlarged, they often bulge out from the skin and look like twisted cords under the surface. They can cause discoloration as well and are usually either blue or red. They are more common on the legs than anywhere else.
In addition to appearance, people can need treatment because of health-related issues associated with varicose veins. Other issues include the pain and discomfort that the condition frequently causes. As the veins begin to swell, they can put pressure on the nerves and cause pain. The aching can be accompanied by itching and burning also. People who spend a lot of time on their feet may be more likely to experience some of these symptoms.
If you have varicose veins along with certain other health problems, it could become even more important for you to consider vein treatment. Conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, among others, can increase your risk of developing blood clots.
If you are concerned about your health, comfort or appearance due to vascular conditions, you should seek more detail from the team at Fox Vein Experts regarding available treatment options. Surgical procedures are sometimes performed. It is more likely, however, that your condition can be treated with a procedure that is much less invasive. During a consultation at her office in Hollywood or Pembroke Pines, Dr. Fox can evaluate your condition and come up with a customized treatment plan that is best for you. Contact us today to book your appointment.