How Do Varicose Veins Affect the Skin?

November 8, 2017

woman with varicose veinsOn top of being unsightly and embarrassing, bulging varicose veins can create a whole host of problems for your skin. Many people may consider varicose veins to simply be an aesthetic concern, but they can cause severe discomfort and lasting skin conditions if left untreated.

From varicose eczema, to spider veins, to leg ulcers, venous insufficiency can create a wide range of complications and should be treated by a doctor right away.

When age and heredity cause the valves in our veins to weaken, blood begins to backflow and varicose veins develop. If you start noticing any changes in your skin, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimenez immediately. If left untreated, some changes, like skin discoloration, can become permanent. Some skin changes you may experience as a result of venous insufficiency include:

  • Itching and irritation
  • Dry, flaky or crusty skin
  • Reddish-brown discoloration
  • Patches of spider veins
  • Leg cramps or heaviness
  • Development of skin ulcers near the ankles

Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?

Unfortunately, varicose veins are often a symptom of aging that really cannot be prevented. The best thing you can do for your body is to exercise regularly and avoid a sedentary lifestyle. If you notice the development of bulging, twisting veins in your legs or begin experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimenez right away before the changes become permanent.

When left untreated for long periods of time, the high pressures of varicose veins force blood and fluids through the weakened vein walls and into the surrounding tissues and skin. This trapped fluid causes the skin to develop the painful and irritating conditions that may be irreversible if left alone for too long.

Recovery and Treatment

Dr. Jimenez offers a variety of procedures to treat venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including laser treatment and sclerotherapy. Correcting varicose veins will clear the afflicted area of backed-up fluids and provide the area with fresh blood and nutrients, but the skin changes may remain permanent. With the help of vein procedures and topical treatments, your body’s natural healing process can get to work correcting any skin afflictions you may be experiencing.

Various medicated products exist to treat afflictions caused by varicose veins, but the best course of action to correct them is to seek treatment. When skin changes develop, it’s a sign that the underlying venous issue is worsening and you should schedule an appointment immediately. If left untreated, venous insufficiency can create leg ulcers, a serious condition caused by trapped fluid from weakened veins. They can be very serious and tend to leave permanent discoloration and scarring.

If you’ve noticed the development of varicose veins or are experiencing symptoms related to venous insufficiency, be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jimenez immediately. Give the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin a call today at 1-800- 910-VEIN and protect your skin.

Minimally Invasive Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

October 23, 2017

woman with varicose veinsMore than 50 percent of people suffer from some sort of vein issue, be it unsightly spider veins or painful, sometimes debilitating varicose veins. You may seek treatment for spider or varicose veins because they are unpleasant to look at, or because the discomfort has become too much to ignore, but these veins are actually warning signs of a deeper problem in your venous system. At The Vein Center of Florida and The Vein Center of South Baldwin, we offer a variety of minimally invasive treatment options to address both the cosmetic and circulatory health issues signaled by the appearance of spider and varicose veins.

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) utilizes laser energy to eliminate problem veins. This minimally invasive treatment involves nothing more than a local anesthetic and less than an hour of your time. When you choose EVLT as your treatment, Dr. Jimenez will numb the area around the affected vein, and insert a small catheter – about the size of an IV needle. He will guide the laser through the catheter into the vein, and as he slowly removes the laser, it will give off heat energy, damaging the walls of the varicose vein. This causes the vein to collapse, and the heat seals it closed. The blood in that vein is naturally rerouted to normal, healthy veins, and the collapsed varicose vein is reabsorbed into your body, eliminating it for good.

EVLT has a 98 percent success rate, and has a very low chance of complications. There are no scars and no downtime required for recovery – in fact, patients are encouraged to walk around immediately after the procedure.

Sclerotherapy

If sclerotherapy is your problem vein treatment of choice, you’ve chosen another minimally invasive procedure that is done in a short time and gives you superior results. It involves an injection of a medically approved sclerosant into the affected vein. The sclerosant irritates the vein walls, causing them to collapse, and eventually fade and disappear as they are absorbed into your body. Sclerotherapy is usually used to treat spider veins, but Dr. Jimenez also offers ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy to treat smaller varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy takes about 30 minutes, and requires no anesthesia. You may be encouraged to wear compression stockings for a short time post-procedure, but you will see immediate and long-lasting results.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy is considered a microsurgical procedure, because while there are incisions used, they are small and leave little to no scarring. It is used to treat larger varicose veins that may be too small to treat using EVLT, but too large to treat with sclerotherapy.

Dr. Jimenez makes a series of precise incisions along the problem vein, removing it in segments until it is eliminated. The treatment is minimally invasive, and only requires local anesthesia. There is no downtime required, though you may be required to wear a compression bandage and stocking for a few days to minimize swelling and encourage healing. This treatment can be used alone or in conjunction with EVLT for best results.

Dr. Jimenez performs all varicose and spider vein removal procedures in the office at The Vein Center of Florida and The Vein Center of South Baldwin, ensuring that your vein treatment gives you superior -results with comfort and convenience. Call us today at 1-800-910-VEIN to schedule a consultation.

Taking Care of Your Legs After a Vein Treatment

woman applying lotion on varicose veins

Once you’ve had a vein procedure to address the varicose or spider veins that have been bothering you and causing discomfort, it’s time to think about post-procedure care. Each vein treatment at The Vein Center of Florida and The Vein Center of South Baldwin is different, so there may be different ways to care for your legs, depending on the method of treatment that you chose. Below are a few tips for taking care of your legs after your vein treatment, so that you can better prevent future problems.

Caring for Your Legs After Treatment

With more and more advances in vein care and treatment, gone are the days of invasive techniques that required downtime for recovery. Now you can treat any size vein quickly and painlessly, and go right back to your busy life. At The Vein Center of Florida and The Vein Center of South Baldwin, we offer several non-invasive options for varicose and spider vein treatments, none of which require downtime or significant recovery.

  • Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) – Performed in our office using only local anesthesia, this procedure is minimally invasive – you are actually encouraged to move around and return to your normal routine immediately afterward.
  • Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy requires no anesthesia, and no recovery, and it works fast. For most patients, there are no restrictions following the procedure, though Dr. Jimenez may have you wear compression stockings initially to promote healing.
  • Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy – It’s a virtually painless procedure that can be used alone or in combination with EVLT for the best results. It’s a quick procedure with no recovery period or restrictions post-treatment.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy – This minimally invasive procedure uses local anesthesia, and takes under an hour to complete. There is no recovery time, though you are required to wear a compression bandage and compression stockings for a few days to allow for optimal healing.

Post-Procedure Preventative Care

Caring for your legs after your vein treatment means not only following Dr. Jimenez’s post-procedure instructions, but adjusting your lifestyle to prevent a recurrence of varicose veins. As you’ll learn from Dr. Jimenez, problem veins can be an indicator of deeper issues within your venous system – problems that if left undiagnosed and untreated can result in serious complications. The best way to avoid developing more varicose veins is through preventative measures, including:

  • Exercising – Staying fit and healthy can only benefit your venous system. Being active increases the circulation in your legs, and if you have strong legs, your veins will also be stronger. Exercise can also help prevent obesity, which is a risk factor for varicose veins.
  • Avoiding Sedentary Activities – If you have a job that requires long hours of either sitting or standing, you’re putting excess pressure on your veins and have a higher risk of developing problems. The key is to take short breaks to move around and promote good circulation.
  • Screening for Vein Health – Preventative care includes checking in with a doctor to make sure your veins are healthy and functioning properly. While varicose veins can be prevented, some people are genetically predisposed to getting them, and age and hormonal changes are also unavoidable factors.

When you are a patient at The Vein Center of Florida and The Vein Center of South Baldwin, we not only want to treat the vein problems you have, but to help you keep your legs healthy. Dr. Jimenez schedules follow-up appointments after all of his treatment procedures to check in with you and make sure you’re healing and happy with your results. Call us today at 1-800-910-VEIN to schedule a consultation.

Best Yoga Studios in Foley, AL

October 12, 2017

woman doing yogaYoga is a great, natural option to alleviate pain caused by varicose veins. Doctors recommend elevating the legs to help drain blood from the bulging veins, helping the blood flow and reducing pressure. Many yoga poses involve leg elevation or even complete body inversion and can offer relief from varicose vein symptoms, on top of all the other benefits of this mindful exercise.

Foley, Alabama, located near the popular travel location of Gulf Shores, is home to numerous ways to get your sweat on. This quaint railroad town on the southern tip of Alabama is situated near several different yoga studios, so you have ample choices for the best place to go to keep your body and mind healthy. Whether you are a resident of the area or just passing through, be sure to check out some of the yoga studios southern Alabama has to offer.

Vibrations Yoga & Sauna

Located in the heart of Foley, Vibrations Yoga & Sauna is the city’s best option for a killer yoga session. Vibrations offers classes for yogis of all types, as well as beginners and drop-ins. They provide several different types of yoga classes, including Heated Flow, Gentle Motion and Slow Flow and Fundamentals. When you have finished your yoga session, or if you just need to kick back and relax, Vibrations offers 30 minutes sessions in their infrared sauna for only $15. Vibrations is a must visit for the true yogi in Foley.

Glow Yoga

Located just 20 minutes south of Foley in Gulf Shores, Glow Yoga provides power and hot yoga to the masses. They heat their studio between 80 and 95 degrees for their Glow Flow and Beats yoga classes so you can be sure to truly get your sweat on and cleanse your body. After your workout, swing by Sundance Massage (located in-house) so you can rehab your muscles and relax after your tough workout.

MOXIE

MOXIE Lifestyle Fitness Studio in Orange Beach, about 18 minutes southeast of Foley, has got you covered for boutique fitness classes of all varieties. MOXIE focuses on cardio fitness, and offers several different types of classes to improve your cardiovascular health. MOXIE offers a traditional yoga-only class, MOXIE Yoga Sculpt, but specializes in classes like MOXIE Ride and Restore that blend a high-intensity workout with the restorative powers of yoga.

Thrive Yoga & Massage

Thrive Yoga & Massage, just off the coast of Mobile Bay and 25 minutes northwest of Foley, has a full spa to keep you feeling relaxed and revitalized. Thrive’s Thai Yoga Massage blends assisted yoga with massage so you can improve your mobility and flexibility with direct help from a trained professional. Thrive also offers chair yoga classes for clients with multiple sclerosis who cannot perform traditional yoga. Their Sunset Yoga classes, held outdoors from March through October, also directly benefit charity, so be sure to enjoy some yoga for a good cause if you are ever in the area.

If painful varicose veins are holding you back from your fitness routine or you are just tired of hiding them underneath layers of clothing, give the Vein Center of South Baldwin a call at 251-971-8346 and set up an appointment today. We can help you get back in the flow of your life, whether it’s practicing yoga or just restoring your confidence in your body.

Arteries vs. Veins: What’s the difference?

Spider & Varicose VeinsAt the Vein Centers of Florida and South Baldwin, we specialize in removing unsightly and painful varicose and spider veins. Varicose and spider veins are conditions that affect a large population of people, especially women. Understanding how the veins work and how these natural deformities are caused is essential in understanding how to treat them.

What do veins do?

Veins, a member of the circulatory system, work in tandem with the heart and their counterpart, the arteries. While veins and arteries exist for similar reasons, mainly blood transportation throughout the body, their essential functions are quite different.

Veins are blood vessels in the body that transport oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart. After blood has been circulated to the organs and has been stripped of its oxygen and nutrients, the veins transport it back up to the heart to begin the process anew. The veins also transport waste, such as carbon dioxide, away from the organs.

Veins often pump blood against the flow of gravity and make use of valves to prevent the blood from flowing downwards. When the valves do not function properly, the blood begins to pool and the veins expand, creating bulging varicose veins. This occurs most frequently in the veins in the lower legs, since they have to work much harder to move the blood against gravity and the body’s own weight to the heart.

What do arteries do?

Arteries are the roadways that provide our organs with substances they need to survive and function. These essential vessels carry oxygenated blood from the heart to all the tissues of the human body.

The heart pumps the blood through the arteries, increasing pressure inside to move the blood in a single direction. Arteries can maintain that high blood pressure due to their strong lining and flexible walls that allow for the additional push of blood. Because of this unique design and the assistance they receive from the heart, they do not need valves to prevent backflow.

Our Vulnerable Veins

Because arteries do not need valves to keep blood moving efficiently, they are not prone to the same issues veins are. Valves tend to break down as the body ages, which can be exacerbated by weight gain, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle. Veins also transport blood largely upwards, creating additional strain on those tiny valves that can lead to damage and the backflow of blood into the vessel.

Veins are a crucial part of the human anatomy. Unfortunately, they are vulnerable to damage, leading to the unsightly appearance of spider and varicose veins. When left unchecked, these swollen vessels can also cause fatigue in the legs, pain, aching and skin changes. The longer varicose veins go untreated, the harder they can be to treat successfully.

If bulging, unsightly or painful veins have disrupted your life in any way, give the Vein Centers of Florida and South Baldwin a call today. We offer full vein assessments and a variety of minimally-invasive treatment options to eliminate unattractive, uncomfortable spider and varicose veins. You can reach our Pensacola location at 850-607-7570, our Destin location at 850-837-443 and our Foley location at 251-971-8346.

Weight Gain and Vein Disease: How are the two related?

June 6, 2017

vein disease and weight gainVenous insufficiency and chronic venous disease are two conditions you have heard about in your consultation with Dr. Jimenez and likely during your visit with the cardiologist. Vein disease develops within the body based on external and internal stresses that affect the way in which one-way (upward) venous blood flow drives blood from the lower legs and organs to the heart. All of this venous blood moves against gravity and that action itself can be difficult if the veins are stressed, stretched and incapable of carrying excess blood. Years of patient care and clinical studies focused on vascular health make a distinct connection between weight gain and vein disease. But how are weight gain and venous disease related?

Veins, Valves and Their Function

At Vein Center of Florida, our goal is to share as much about vein care with you as possible, so you know what to expect and how to solve the problem. Vein disease, as mentioned above, starts with a variety of factors that contribute to the inability of veins in the lower sector of your body to push your blood from your legs to your heart. Venous valves keep the blood flowing in the proper direction. However, inefficient valve function results in excess blood waiting to circulate up from one part of the vein to the next, causing these veins expand. Expansion of the vein walls causes stretching, and that stretching continues until the vein is no longer able to resist and relax to its normal state, resulting in bulging visible veins. Bulging varicose veins are a sure fire way to tell this is happening to you.

Symptoms of Vein Disease:

  • Pain in the legs or heaviness
  • Tired/heavy legs
  • Discoloration in the ankles and calves (redness or dark tinge)
  • Tightness in the legs
  • Varicose vein formation
  • Fluid buildup or pedal edema
  • Pain relief upon elevation or position change
  • Tenderness
  • Restless legs
  • Ulcer formation
  • Itching or burning skin

While these symptoms of vein disease are common indicators, they’re not always present, and it’s a good idea to have a vein screening at some point in your mid-thirties at the earliest.

A Few Extra Pounds Can Affect Vein Health

Inactivity and extended periods of standing or sitting are a considerable issue no matter your size, however, adding excess weight and applying additional pounds of pressure on the body can cause serious exertion on the veins and their valves. If you’re already prone to vein insufficiency based on your family history, you want to make sure that you’re covering all of your bases and lowering your weight.

We think of the veins as pressurized tubes that work hard to move blood upward but the pressure in these veins can vary based on our position and how much weight pushes down on the lower half of your body at any given time from weight gain. Walking decreases the pressure on our veins because the calves help the leg veins pump; adding more weight, makes this mechanism ineffective. More pressure from above means more pressure is needed to move your blood. To lower the pressure in the legs and pelvic area, a reduced weight will improve the symptoms but long term awareness, activity and care are necessary.

A few types of vein conditions you may hear about in consultation with Dr. Jimenez include:

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Chronic venous insufficiency worldwide is a very common problem whether it’s the result of pregnancy, genetics, race, sex or immobility. Weight gain may initiate the process of vein pain and discomfort, often followed by restless legs and problems with movement if left unchecked. So if you’re feeling some of these things now, you may have chronic venous insufficiency which may symptomatically progress as you age.

  • Leaking Valves and Stressed Veins (Varicose Veins)

Overstretched and stressed veins, often purple and deep green, become prominent in the legs after significant weight gain and genetic factors. Varicose veins are stressed superficial veins prevalent in men and women over the age of 60, but they may occur in much younger individuals, especially with a family history. Women are at a greater risk of developing varicose veins than men, although they are very common in both sexes.

Activity, weight maintenance, and a nutritious diet can help to minimize the risk of developing significant venous disease, however, everyone should be educated about vein disease as early as possible. Call The Vein Center of Florida today at 800-910-VEIN for more information on vein disease and to schedule your vein screening.

Vein Health 101

March 14, 2017

Vein Disorder TreatmentYou may not think much about your veins – until one of those bulging varicose veins suddenly appears on your lower leg. While it may seem like that vein came out of nowhere, there was an entire process that went on inside your veins to contribute to its development. To understand varicose veins, it is helpful to know how the veins function and what can go wrong inside of them to make those swollen vessels form. Check out these basics on vein health from the team at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin.

What are Veins?

Veins are the vessels that move blood back to the heart. The arteries take the blood to all of the tissue and organs of the body, providing essential oxygen and nutrients the body needs to function. The veins then return deoxygenated blood back to the heart so the process can start all over again.

Unlike the arteries, the veins don’t have help from the pumping heart to get blood where it needs to go. Instead, they contain small valves that move the blood in a single direction. Muscle contractions throughout the body also help blood to continue pumping through the veins efficiently.

Types of Veins

Since our primary goal is to understand varicose veins, we will focus on the veins in the leg. There are three basic types of leg veins:

Deep veins are found near the center of the leg and are typically the largest type of veins. These veins carry blood from the smaller veins directly back to the heart. These are also the veins that are most vulnerable to blood clot formation, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT.

Superficial veins are those found closer to the skin’s surface. These veins are responsible for bringing blood from the outer skin and tissue to the main veins in the center of the leg. They are also the veins that are most likely to become visible as spider or varicose veins.

Perforator veins connect deep veins and superficial veins.

Vein disorders of the superficial veins are typically the ones that lead to the development of spider and varicose veins. Fortunately, there are many superficial veins in the body, which means if one becomes damaged, blood can be redirected to healthy veins nearby.

When Things Go Wrong

Varicose veins are frequently caused by an underlying vein disorder known as chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. This condition occurs when those small valves inside the vessel become damaged or wear out over time. The damage is more common in the lower leg veins because these vessels have to work much harder to move blood all the way up the leg to the heart. The valves in these veins are more likely to wear out because of all the pressure that is placed on them over a lifetime.

There are steps you can take to protect those hard-working lower leg veins and lower your risk for CVI and varicose veins. Maintaining a healthy weight avoids excessive stress on the veins, while regular exercise gives flexing calf muscles the opportunity to support the veins. It is also a good idea to avoid prolonged periods of sitting and standing, since this also places excessive strain on the vein.

Treating Vein Disorders

If CVI and varicose veins do appear, there are minimally-invasive treatment options to address the conditions. These treatments primarily focus on eliminating damaged veins so blood naturally redirects to healthy veins in the vicinity. Dr. Jimenez and the staff at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin have numerous options in vein treatments that allow them to tailor your procedure to your precise needs.

Don’t suffer with CVI and varicose veins. To find out which treatment is right for you, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.

5 Reasons to Treat Your Varicose Veins

January 15, 2017

5 Reasons to Treat Varicose VeinsYour varicose veins may be unsightly enough to keep you out of shorts and bathing suits, but is it really worth the time, effort and money to treat them? This is a debate many varicose vein sufferers have as they contemplate eliminating the swollen vessels completely or simply learning to live with them. While a comprehensive assessment can ultimately tell you whether vein treatment would be beneficial, the staff at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin has a number of good reasons to consider vein treatment even before your examination takes place.

It’s More than Cosmetic

Varicose veins are often more than a simple cosmetic concern. These bulging vessels are often an outward sign of an underlying vein condition known as chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. This condition occurs when small valves inside the vessels stop working properly, which allows blood to back up into the vein instead of flowing in a single direction to the heart. When CVI is left unchecked, it can worsen over time. This is why vein treatment sooner, rather than later, may be recommended to stop CVI before significant symptoms develop.

You Have Pain

Varicose veins can be more than unattractive, they can also be painful. You might feel heaviness or aching in your legs, particularly at the end of the day. The pain may also keep you from participating in some of the active pastimes you have always enjoyed. You may discover that elevating your legs for a period of time in the evening relieves the pain and pressure – often a sign that CVI is present. Some sufferers also experience swelling of the lower extremity, which further exacerbates the discomfort.

Your Skin is Changing

Increased pressure inside of varicose veins can do more than damage the vessel itself. The damage can also spread to surrounding tissue, which may become evident on the skin’s surface. You may begin to notice the skin around the vein becomes irritated and itchy. Over time the skin’s color and texture may begin to change as tissue damage leads to a brown, leathery appearance. If the cause of the skin change is not treated, large, open sores known as venous ulcers can form from even the smallest nick or cut to the skin.

Your Veins are Interfering with Your Sleep

Some varicose vein sufferers find out those bothersome vessels start to act up as soon as they are ready to retire for the night. Once in bed, you might experience cramping of the legs that can be intense at time. You may also notice a restless feeling in the legs that gives you the irresistible urge to move them. Known as restless leg syndrome, this condition can be severe enough in some individuals to actually prohibit them from getting a good night’s rest.

Procedures are Quick and Comfortable

Despite the embarrassment and even physical discomfort, some varicose vein sufferers simply won’t pursue treatment because they believe any procedure to treat their veins will take them out of commission for a period of time. While that has been true in the past when surgical treatments were the only solution, today’s non-surgical procedures can be performed quickly and almost painlessly. Treatments can be done using local anesthetic and patients are usually back to activities the same day or the day after their procedure.

Don’t suffer with unattractive varicose veins that are interfering with your comfort and your quality of life. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-8346 and find out how we can help you say goodbye to those bulging veins for good.

Women and Varicose Veins

December 15, 2016

Women and Varicose Veins

Women and Varicose VeinsVaricose veins plague both men and women, but women seem to suffer from these swollen vessels much more frequently. There are a number of reasons why women are more vulnerable to varicose veins than men overall. The good news is that if you do experience a few varicose veins over time, there are plenty of effective treatment options to eradicate the unsightly vessels and uncomfortable symptoms that often accompany them.

What causes varicose veins?

Most varicose veins are actually a visible sign of a vein disorder known as venous insufficiency. This condition develops when veins stop working properly, allowing blood to reflux back in the vessel rather than moving in a single direction back to the heart. The extra blood in the vein leads to weakening and swelling of the vessel. Eventually, a varicose vein appears on the surface of the skin.

Venous insufficiency does not go away or improve on its own. Like any medical condition, this disorder must be properly treated to ensure the disorder is sufficiently addressed and no further complications arise. Venous insufficiency tends to occur more often in women than men for a number of reasons. Understanding risk factors will help you to understand why the female population is more prone to this disorder.

Risk Factors

There are a number of reasons why some people are more prone to venous insufficiency than others:

  • Genetics – when your parents have varicose veins, you risk increases significantly
  • Age – the condition is more common in adults over the age of 50
  • Weight – added pounds tend to put more pressure on those lower leg veins
  • Lack of Exercise – flexing of the calf muscle helps move blood back up the body
  • Occupation – If your work requires long periods of sitting or standing, your risk may be higher

There are also risk factors that are common to women, which makes this disorder more prevalent among the female population.

The Female Factor

The American College of Phlebology estimates that as many as half of all women suffer the cosmetic embarrassment of varicose veins and many also experience uncomfortable physical symptoms associated with venous insufficiency. That is four times more women than men that experience these conditions. One of the primary reasons women are more vulnerable is estrogen, a hormone in the female body that tends to relax vein walls.

This function is important during pregnancy to accommodate the increased blood flow in a woman’s body during those nine months. In addition to the hormonal factor, the increasing size of the uterus during pregnancy stresses a woman’s hard-working lower leg veins, making them more vulnerable to damage. This is why many women see varicose veins form during pregnancy. In some cases, the veins disappear after the baby arrives, but other women see those bulging vessels linger long after their pregnancy.

Women may also have a higher risk for varicose veins if they tend to wear high heels frequently. This type of shoe prevents the calf muscle from flexing properly when you walk. Since the flexed calf muscle helps to push blood through the lower leg veins, when it doesn’t work properly, the veins have to work that much harder. This can also make them more prone to damage and varicosity.

Treatment Options

Fortunately, women have a number of treatment options for varicose veins available at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin. We offer state-of-the-art procedures to eliminate swollen veins and their uncomfortable symptoms with minimal discomfort and downtime involved. To learn more, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.

What’s the Relationship between Spider and Varicose Veins?

November 18, 2016

between-spider-and-varicose-veinsSpider and varicose veins have one distinctly common characteristic – they can be unsightly enough to cause significant embarrassment. In addition to their cosmetic concern, do these visible veins share any common factors? The answer to that question depends on where the veins are located and what underlying cause might be contributing to their appearance.

 

 

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are visible vessels that frequently appear on the legs. However, these veins can also appear on the arms, face and abdomen. The networks of red, blue or purple of lines can often resemble a spider’s vein, which is where they get their name. There are a variety of factors that might contribute to the formation of spider veins:

  • Excessive exposure to UV rays
  • Trauma to the skin
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Some medications or medical conditions
  • Weight gain or a sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history of spider veins

These veins are not typically accompanied by physical symptoms. However, some patients with spider veins do experience the following side effects:

  • Pain or heaviness in the legs, especially at the end of the day
  • Swelling of the lower leg, ankle and foot
  • Cramping or restless legs when you try to rest at night
  • Fatigue in the legs after long periods of standing or sitting

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are usually larger than spider veins and typically appear on the lower legs. These veins may also be discolored and may actually protrude above the surface of the skin. In some cases, they resemble flesh-colored, ropey vines that twist up the lower legs.

In addition to their unsightly appearance, varicose veins can cause similar symptoms to those listed above. Left untreated, they can also lead to discoloration of the skin and the formation of open sores around the ankles. Known as venous ulcers, these sores can become quite large and difficult to treat.

The Primary Cause of Varicose Veins

While spider veins can have a number of causes, varicose veins are most frequently the visible result of an underlying vein condition known as chronic venous insufficiency. This condition occurs when tiny valves inside the veins that are responsible for keeping blood flowing in a single direction stop working properly. This allows blood to reflux back into the veins, leading to swelling and varicosity.

The Role of Spider Veins

When spider veins appear near varicose veins, or are accompanied by the same symptoms, they can be a product of venous insufficiency as well. When this is the case, both spider and varicose veins are likely to get worse, rather than better, if they are left untreated. The good news is there are effective treatments for both spider and varicose veins that will address the underlying condition to eliminate both the appearance of the veins and their uncomfortable symptoms.

Seeking Treatment for Visible Veins

At the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we offer treatment options for both spider and varicose veins. We can tailor our treatment options to your specific condition and concerns to ensure the best possible results from your procedure. All of our treatments are minimally-invasive, which means you can return home the same day as your procedure and usually resume your regular schedule the same day or the next day.

Don’t suffer the embarrassment or physical discomfort of spider or varicose veins any longer. We can help you eliminate the appearance of your veins and their painful symptoms. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.