What You Need to Know About Venous Disease
We live in an age where almost everything is removable. Erasable. Quick to disappear like a bad dream. Everything from unwanted body hair to unwanted extra pounds and everything in between can go bye-bye. It’s not wonder why we’re society that’s quick to lose what we want to lose so we can focus on attaining the ultimate goal – beauty.
As vein removal experts in Miami and the surrounding areas, we’re helping patients young and old lose something else:
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Venous insufficiency or Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), in short, is Improper functioning of the vein valves in the leg, causing swelling and skin changes as blood pools in your legs and puts increases pressure on the walls of the veins. More common in women than men, venous insufficiency now affects 40% of the United States population.
And it’s far from beautiful.
Aesthetics aside, venous insufficiency can cause a whole host of other issues if not treated effectively, putting your health at risk. Untreated venous insufficiency can lead to severe complications such as leg ulcers and open sores.
What causes venous insufficiency or CVI?
Extra weight puts extra pressure on your veins.
Being over the age of 50 automatically puts you at a higher risk for chronic venous insufficiency, as the valves that carry blood to and from your heart begin working more slowly.
One pregnancy puts you at risk for venous insufficiency. Multiple pregnancy almost guarantees it.
CVI is largely hereditary, so if mom, dad, or great-grandma Jane suffered from venous disease, you likely may too.
If you didn’t already know that smoking destroys every single part of your body – listen up. Venous disease is a direct result of how your veins and heart are functioning – and smoking affects this, big time.
How do you know if you’re suffering from CVI?
- You’ll feel swelling, heaviness, and/or pain, especially in the lower leg and ankle
- Varicose veins (twisted, enlarged veins close to the surface of the skin)
- Skin that looks like leather
How can you treat venous insufficiency and remove one more unwanted thing from your body for good?
That’s the easy part. Fox Vein and Laser Experts has numerous ways to tackle your most tricky varicose vein, spider vein, and venous insufficiency complications. Non-surgical treatments, as well as vein ablation treatments, are available in our office. Click here to see our full list of vein removal procedures.
We look forward to helping you put your best legs forward this Spring. Contact us today for a consultation.