According to a recent estimate, over 60% of the US population has some degree of varicose veins. Furthermore, as the population is getting older, that percent is getting larger. Although varicose veins and spider veins (telangiectasia) are twice more common in women than men, they are increasing in frequency in both sexes. They are a problem cosmetically and they are a problem medically as well!
Varicosities are those large varicose veins resembling ropes that twist up and down the course of the leg or behind the knee. These types of varicose veins are most unsightly, they bulge, and they may be painful. They may even be prone to blood clots.
Varicose vein can be painless, however most patients experience one or more of the following symptoms: leg pains, leg cramps, ankle swelling, leg tiredness, heavy legs and restless legs. It is very common to see changes in the skin color, mostly in the lower calf. In extreme cases it progresses to skin dermatitis, cellulitis and skin ulcers.
If You Have ‘Em, Get Rid of ‘Em!
If you, like millions of other Americans, have varicose veins and you don’t like them, you really should consider doing something about them. If you have some of the symptoms above, or if you simply don’t like to wear shorts or swim wear because of your legs, do something about it. Contact us today for info on varicose vein treatment and laser removal in Michigan.
Now with the advances in conventional sclerotherapy, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and laser you can eliminate varicose veins and its symptoms with simple, safe and easy to tolerate outpatient treatments.
Varicose Veins and Pregnancy
Along with the beautiful glow of pregnancy, often come the not-so-beautiful varicose veins. Studies have shown that as many as 40% of pregnant women experience varicose veins during their pregnancy. Heredity is a major factor. Hormone level changes cause vein walls to relax during pregnancy while uterus expansion compresses the abdominal veins, which increases the pressure in the leg’s veins.
Unfortunately varicose veins tend to get worse with each successive pregnancy and with mom’s increased age.
Besides the obvious cosmetic issue, varicose veins can be painful. Pain, aching, swelling, itching, leg heaviness, tiredness and restless legs are also symptoms of varicose veins.
Here are some things you can do to get a “leg up” on varicose veins during pregnancy:
- -Keep your weight within the recommended range for your stage of pregnancy
- -Exercise daily
- -Elevate your legs when possible
- -Don’t sit or stand for long periods without taking a break
- -Wear medical grade compression stockings
Varicose veins and spider veins that develop during pregnancy may improve within three to six months after delivery; however, in most cases, untreated varicose and spider veins will not improve and that is the time to consult the Heart and Vein Center.
If you or someone you know has developed varicose veins during pregnancy, we have good news! Thanks to recent medical advances, help is here. At the Heart and Vein Center we have the expertise and technology that will eliminate those unsightly (and often painful) varicose and spider veins immediately. Forget about the old recommendations of waiting until you decide not to have more children before treating your vein problems. If you developed varicose veins and symptoms with one pregnancy, then they will be worse with subsequent ones. The “in between pregnancies” is the perfect time to have the treatment for your varicose veins.
Our personalized approach will make the process of eliminating those veins an easy one.
At the Heart and Vein Center all of the procedures are minimally invasive and done in the office in less than an hour. You will return to normal activities immediately with no downtime.