Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments

We understand varicose vein discomfort at Renaissance Laser and Vein Institute. Our clinic specializes in advanced, minimally invasive varicose vein treatments.

Understanding Varicose Veins

What are varicose veins?

Varicose Veins are a medical condition in which the veins are unable to pump de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. This is caused because the one-way valves that are inside the veins are damaged (Incompetent) and this causes venous reflux. Blood collects and pools in the legs causing the veins to become abnormally large or swollen due to the increased pressure. The result can be protruding, bumpy, or rope like veins. You can have symptoms of pain, throbbing, fatigue, edema, and leg cramps.

Why should you treat varicose veins?

Varicose veins reflect a serious health issue and not just a cosmetic concern. Early detection and treatment are critical. If left untreated varicose veins can cause inflammation (phlebitis), blood clots, tissue loss, bleeding, external sores, eczema, and ulcers. When treated, your legs will feel much better and allow for increased mobility without discomfort, which can lead to a substantial increase in quality of life.

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A vein is shown with the names of different veins.

Who is affected by varicose veins?

Varicose veins reflect a serious health issue and not just a cosmetic concern. Early detection and treatment are critical. If left untreated varicose veins can cause inflammation (phlebitis), blood clots, tissue loss, bleeding, external sores, eczema, and ulcers. When treated, your legs will feel much better and allow for increased mobility without discomfort, which can lead to a substantial increase in quality of life.

What makes someone susceptible to varicose veins?

  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Hormones
  • Physical trauma
  • Jobs requiring prolonged periods of standing or sitting

Unfortunately, like many genetic disorders, varicose veins are hereditary.  Your chance of getting varicose veins increases if a parent or close relative has varicose veins.  While both genders can develop varicose veins, women are more likely to have varicose veins for several reasons.  Estrogen and progesterone are female hormones that play an important role in fertility.  These hormones may also be responsible for why women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Hormone treatments such as birth control pills might increase the risk of varicose veins.

There are many possible lifestyle risk factors as to why you may develop varicose veins.  Pregnancy and the hormonal changes, weight gain, menopause, lack of physical exercise, leg injury or trauma, smoking, and history of blood clots or what is commonly known as DVT.

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Varicose Veins are not just a cosmetic concern, and can reflect a serious health issue.

Early detection and treatment are critical.

If left untreated, varicose veins can cause pain and discomfort.

You may experience heaviness or swelling especially around the ankles.

Symptoms may get worse towards the end of the day, especially after sitting or standing for long periods of time.

Varicose veins sometimes cause cramps in the calf muscles at night.

The appearance of varicose veins doesn’t always indicate how severe the symptoms are.  Varicose veins can affect your wellbeing.

Some people are so bothered by what their veins look like,

that they don’t feel comfortable wearing shorts in public.

If you are experiencing symptoms or are troubled by the appearance of your legs, it might be worth considering treatment.

Once treated, your legs allow for increased mobility without discomfort, and can lead to a substantial increase in quality of life.

Why Do I Have Varicose Veins?

Certain factors might increase the likelihood of getting these bulging veins.

These might include:
· Family history
· Long periods of sitting or standing
· Age
· History of prior blood clots
· Pregnancy
· Obesity
· Limited Physical Activity
· Smoking
· Female related hormones

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