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Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins in Prosper, TX

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What Are Varicose Veins?

While many think that varicose veins are simply an aesthetic issue, they are much more than that. When these veins come to the surface, they are actually bloated, painful veins that have stopped working. These damaged veins will continue to spread if they are left untreated. In fact, they could put you at risk for blood clots, inflammation, and more. Our board-certified vein specialists, Drs. Aaron Roberts and Bradley Hart, treat varicose veins at Vitality Vein Care. Using state-of-the-art technology, our team can help you eliminate your varicose veins. For more information, contact our Prosper, TX office today.

Varicose Veins

What Are the Benefits of Varicose Vein Treatment?

Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic concern; they can actually lead to more serious health issues like blood clots and inflammation. That's why getting them treated by our board-certified vein specialists can offer you several benefits. These advantages include:

  • Pain Relief: One of the first things you'll notice post-treatment is a significant reduction in pain and the "heavy" feeling in your legs.
  • Improved Aesthetics: Say goodbye to unsightly, bulging veins and gain more confidence in showing off your legs.
  • Reduced Risk of Complications: Treating varicose veins decreases the risk of developing more serious conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
  • Better Quality of Life: With the discomfort gone, you'll find it easier to engage in physical activities, thereby improving your overall well-being.

For tailored treatment options and state-of-the-art care, contact our Prosper, TX office today.

How are varicose veins diagnosed?

Varicose veins are commonly diagnosed at Vitality Vein Care through a combination of physical examination and ultrasound imaging. During your visit, our team will examine the affected veins, assessing their appearance and any related symptoms such as pain or swelling. An important part of the diagnosis is a duplex ultrasound, a non-invasive test that visualizes the vein structure and blood flow. This helps in identifying the severity of the varicose veins and planning appropriate treatment. Understanding your diagnosis is a key step towards effective management of varicose veins.

What are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

There are a number of different symptoms that can be associated with varicose veins. These include:

  • Achiness, or a "heavy" feeling in the legs
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Burning or itching sensation
  • Restless legs
  • Leg cramps at night

In some cases, varicose veins may lead to blood clots, which can be extremely dangerous. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with a medical professional as soon as possible to determine the best course of treatment. Vitality Vein Care can provide the expert care and guidance needed to treat your varicose veins effectively.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins cannot always be prevented, which is why they are a somewhat typical problem among men and women. These twisted, enlarged veins are caused by a combination of factors, meaning you are very likely to develop them over time. In fact, about 1 out of 2 women and 1 out of 3 men have varicose veins. This is because women are likely to develop them during pregnancy. Other common causes include:

  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Prolonged periods of sitting
  • Prolonged periods of standing

How Can I Get Rid of Varicose Veins?

At Vitality Vein Care, it's our goal to give our patients the education and tools they need to make a sound decision regarding their health. That's why if you have varicose veins, we will begin your healing by helping you understand your different treatment options. Typically, we begin varicose vein treatment by treating the refluxing varicose vein, or in other words, treating the vein that isn't functioning properly. This could include endovenous foam treatment, endovenous RFA treatment, or something else. Our office features a variety of state-of-the-art technologies to make treatments and recovery as short as possible. After about 4 – 6 weeks, we can begin aesthetic treatments, which could include sclerotherapy or phlebectomy.

Am I a candidate for varicose vein treatment?

With a diverse array of varicose vein treatment options available, many of which are minimally invasive and well tolerated, our team aims to provide solutions that meet the unique needs of all patients. However, there may be some factors that could interfere with a person's eligibility for certain varicose vein treatments. These may include current pregnancy, active infection, severe underlying health condition, and others. Additionally, if a patient is found to have DVT or another more serious venous condition, this will need to be addressed prior to undertaking another type varicose vein treatment. During your initial consultation, one of our experienced vein specialists will thoroughly evaluate your symptoms and condition, review your health and medical history, examine your veins, and determine whether varicose vein treatment (and which treatment method) may be safe, appropriate, and effective for you.

What can I expect after treatment?

Following your laser vein removal session, you may experience redness, bruising, and swelling; however, these symptoms usually disappear within 1 – 2 weeks. For faster healing, compression or support garments can be worn to improve blood circulation. It is important to avoid extended sun exposure and you are encouraged to apply sunscreen frequently to treated skin. Certain patients may see improvements immediately but results will vary for each person. During your consultation with Dr. Roberts, realistic expectations will be reviewed along with recommendations on the number of treatments necessary to reach your optimal results. New spider veins will probably develop in time, so more procedures may be performed as needed.

Varicose Veins FAQ

Should I be concerned about my varicose veins?
Experiencing the following conditions if you have varicose veins may indicate a serious health issue, and you should contact your doctor. These include:

  • Severe, continuous pain
  • Continuous swelling
  • Heaviness in the legs
  • A dull, achy feeling at the end of the day or after physical activity

How many people have varicose veins?
In the U.S., roughly a quarter (23%) of adults have varicose veins.

How can I stop my varicose veins from getting worse?
The best ways to keep your varicose veins from getting worse are the ones mentioned above. These include:

  • Regular exercise
  • Losing weight
  • Don't sit or stand for long periods
  • Putting your feet up
  • Wearing compression socks or support pantyhose
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • Eat a healthy diet

Can varicose veins cause a stroke?
Varicose veins aren’t just unsightly — they may put you at risk for serious health problems. New research suggests that people with varicose veins may be at higher risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis), and it could be a warning sign of developing potentially deadly blood clots.

What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins are usually caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. The valves help keep blood flowing toward the heart; when they malfunction, blood can pool, causing the veins to enlarge.

How are varicose veins diagnosed?
Your provider at Vitality Vein Care may perform a physical exam and ask about your symptoms. In some cases, an ultrasound may be used to assess blood flow and identify any issues with the vein valves.

Treat Your Varicose Veins

Living with varicose veins is more than just figuring out how to cover them up — it's often painful and can even lead to further health complications. At Vitality Vein Care, our highly skilled team of board-certified physicians, Drs. Bradley Hart and Aaron Roberts, offer a number of treatment options for varicose veins. For more information on how you can treat your varicose veins, contact our Prosper, TX office.

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