Varicose veins happen when the blood vessels that manage flow through the veins don’t work properly. Blood collects in the veins, causing them to become swollen and twisted. Varicose veins appear large and bulge if left untreated along the surface of the skin. They can be painful and lead to venous insufficiency. If left untreated, varicose veins can cause swelling, increased pain, skin discoloration, and ulcerations of the lower legs that may turn into slow healing wounds.
Spider veins, a mild form of varicose veins, are a network of red or blue veins on the skin’s surface and can appear on the legs or face. They usually do not indicate a more serious problem but can be a cosmetic concern.
Risk factors for varicose veins include:
- Prolonged periods of standing
- Family history
- Previous blood clots or vein surgery
Our team of highly-trained physicians, technicians, and support staff can assess the best treatment options for you. Screenings and treatments are offered at our convenient, state-of-the-art practice, CMC Vein & Vascular Specialists.
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