As you age, your body may develop many new problems and interesting changes. Some may be expected, such as the lines that start appearing on your skin. However, others may be much less expected, such as the colorful and bumpy veins that begin to appear on the surface of your legs. These large, twisted veins are known as varicose veins, and they can cause you physical and emotional repercussions as they grow and change. Thankfully, we offer ambulatory phlebectomy.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are large visible veins that rest at the surface of the skin. Because they are so close to the surface, you can see their red, purple or blue walls through your skin. You will also see them bulging in twisted patterns. Although they can occur in several places around your body, the most common location for them is on the legs.
Most varicose veins occur because of some damage to the venous walls or the valves within the veins. If the valves do not close properly, they allow blood to pool in the veins instead of helping to push it back to the heart. When blood pools here, it pushes on the venous walls, causing them to stretch and bulge. This causes the visibly bumpy patterns that you see through your skin.
Why Do Varicose Veins Need to Be Treated?
In general, most varicose veins should be treated because they can cause a variety of problems over time. Unlike spider veins, these veins are larger and are generally caused by a major vein that has problem valves. Usually, the saphenous vein is at fault in the legs.
When left untreated, varicose veins can cause a great deal of discomfort, aching, tenderness and even skin problems over the veins. Of course, the veins can also cause you to feel self-conscious. By treating these veins early with a proven procedure, you can get rid of these uncomfortable side effects and feel better about how you look.
What is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
While there are several solutions for varicose veins, ambulatory phlebectomy is an excellent option for surface varicosities that are quite large and that bulge from the surface of the skin. This is a minimally-invasive procedure in which the problem vein is skillfully removed from the area.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a great solution if you are bothered by very large surface varicosities and are looking for a simple, minimally-invasive treatment. To learn more about this and other treatments that we have available at Pacific Vein Care in McHenry, contact us today and book a consultation.