Varicose Veins Aren't Just a Cosmetic Issue

Varicose veins are twisting, bulging blood vessels underneath your skin that develop on your legs. These large, swollen varicose veins can lead to serious health complications, including blood flow issues and even nonhealing ulcers.

Your weight, your exercise and smoking habits, and how long you spend on your feet each day can make you more likely to develop varicose veins.

To deal with both the cosmetic and underlying health concerns associated with varicose veins, turn to the vascular system experts at Premier Vascular right away for diagnosis and treatment. Our specialists, under the leadership of Nirav Patel, DO, treat patients in our New York offices in Yonkers and the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York City.

When varicose veins start to show

Your blood vessels take blood to different parts of your body. Arteries take oxygen-rich blood away from your heart and veins return deoxygenated blood back to the heart. 

Your legs are the most likely area to see varicose veins, due to the pressures of gravity acting on the veins in your lower body. The veins in your legs use a series of one-way valves to keep your blood flowing in the right direction, back up toward your heart. 

Varicose veins form when these one-way valves in your leg veins start to weaken. Then blood pools behind the weakened valve, creating a twisted, bulging varicose vein. These veins are more than a cosmetic problem and can result in serious health concerns.

Health complications and varicose veins

Left untreated, varicose veins can lead to complications like chronic venous insufficiency, a condition where not enough blood circulates through affected areas. Both varicose veins and venous insufficiency get worse over time.

If your varicose veins are left untreated, you could eventually develop nonhealing venous ulcers in your ankles and lower legs. If you’re experiencing symptoms like leg pain, swelling, or aching, as well as varicose veins, come in to see Dr. Patel right away.

Before serious complications emerge, get your varicose veins treated. At Premier Vascular, Dr. Patel can recommend treatment options for your varicose veins including sclerotherapy, the ClosureFast™ targeted radiofrequency procedure, and injectable VenaSeal™. You could also benefit from simple compression stockings.

To learn more about your options for addressing your concerning varicose veins, get in touch with Dr. Patel at Premier Vascular now. You can book your initial consultation over the phone. Or you can request an appointment while you’re here on the website.

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