What are Varicose Veins?

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What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted blood vessels that push up against the skin in various parts of the body, particularly the legs. These usually develop when the valves controlling the flow of blood fail.  This causes pooling of blood which pushes on the vessel wall causing it to push against the skin.  Eventually the affected limb starts swelling, and significant medical issues develop. 

In most patients varicose veins are a sign of medically significant vascular disease that requires some type of management.  This is especially true when patients are experiencing symptoms such as paid, swelling, cramping, and restless leg syndrome.

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Varicose Vein Overview

Varicose veins can appear on many parts of the body, although they are most common on the legs. The force of gravity pulls on the blood, weakening the valves inside the veins that control the flow back to the heart. The valves that prevent backward flow become damaged, leading to pooling.  Varicose veins are almost always a sign of venous insufficiency or the inability of valves to move blood in the correct direction in the legs and other parts of the body. 

Varicose Vein Problems

In some cases of early disease or highly fit patients, varicose veins cause a minimal of symptoms but are causing long term damage to the skin which eventually leads to ulcerations in the lower legs. 

Other individuals can experience a feeling of tiredness, cramping or heaviness in their legs. Varicose veins can also lead to restless leg syndrome – a condition characterized by an uncomfortable feeling in legs which is only partially relieved by constantly moving the legs which tends to be worse at night. 

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Treatments for Varicose Veins

At Colorado Skin & Vein, Dr. Verebelyi offers a range of treatments designed to treat varicose veins, both reducing their visible appearance and fighting symptoms. Options include:

  • Endovenous Radiofrequency (EVRF): EVRF is a treat that uses ClosureFast™ radiofrequency energy to stop blood flowing through target veins, encouraging the body to reroute flow through healthier blood vessels. Over time, the body recycles the damaged blood vessel tissue, reducing varicosity. 
  • VenaSeal™: VenaSeal™ is a unique procedure that involves using a medical-grade glue to seal problematic veins shut, reducing their appearance, and encouraging the body to recycle them. 

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA): EVLA treatment uses the power of lasers to combat varicose veins and reduce their appearance. Dr. Verebelyi first inserts the laser into the target blood vessel. The light it emits then destroys the vein’s interior surface, forcing the body to recycle the damaged tissue and sweep away any pooled blood. The procedure typically takes around an hour, and you can get back to walking on the same day. Over time, varicose veins fade, leaving you with smooth, attractive skin.

Am I a Candidate for Varicose Vein Treatment?

Data suggest that upwards of 30% of all people over the age of 25 in the US are experiencing some kind of vein disorder right now. Many people are potential candidates for varicose vein treatment. 

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To request your varicose vein consultation with us, please call (303) 683-3235 or fill out our online contact form today. Colorado Skin & Vein serves Englewood and the greater Denver, CO area.

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