You don’t know how it happened, but one day you looked down and noticed that some of your leg veins are really standing out. You’ve tried creams to minimize the appearance of these bulging veins and even bought some compression stockings to see if that would eliminate the problem. They’re still there, no matter what you do. They’ve started to throb and you’re wondering what you can do about them. First, you should understand why you have leg veins that have become so visible. Then you can figure out a solution.
What Makes Leg Veins Become Visible?
When your leg veins become visible, it means you have varicose veins. Varicose veins are caused by faulty valves in your veins. Your veins have the important job of carrying your blood to your heart. That is the only direction the blood is supposed to move, and your veins have valves that are meant to promote proper blood flow. As the blood passes through the veins in your legs, the valves are supposed to shut. Your blood will only have one way to go as it moves on to your heart to continue circulating through your body.
When you have varicose veins, the valve in those veins isn’t working properly. It doesn’t close and the blood can flow backwards. The blood then begins to pool in your vein. As it collects, it makes the vein start to bulge. The end result is leg veins that you see standing out on your skin.
What Can You Do About Varicose Veins?
Our doctor is going to recommend the least invasive approach to help you with your leg veins as a first step. Wearing compression stockings can improve your circulation and may help you with discomfort associated with varicose veins. If your legs start to throb, you can elevate them to ease your pain. Walking regularly may help you as well. These options won’t make your varicose veins go away; however, they may give you some relief and keep your vein problems from getting worse.
How Can You Have Varicose Veins Removed?
If you are still really uncomfortable and you want to get rid of your varicose veins, you have several options. Lasers can be used to heat the veins and make them collapse. Eventually, your varicose veins will disappear. Sclerotherapy can work as well. This involves the injection of an irritant into your varicose veins to cause them to collapse. Phlebectomy is a procedure that can gently remove your problematic veins. Each procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.
Talk to Our Doctor About Your Visible Leg Veins
If you want to say goodbye to your noticeable leg veins, Dr. Drnovsek at Vein Specialists of Pittsburgh can help you. Make an appointment for a consultation at our office in Oakmont. You’ll be able to get to the root of your problem with your visible leg veins. Explore your options for treatment with our knowledgeable doctor as your guide. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.