Patients with varicose veins often find that these enlarged vessels make they legs look and feel less attractive.
However, in certain cases, leg veins can be indicative of an underlying condition that can have far-reaching effects on a person’s health and quality of life.
So, are varicose veins a cosmetic issue or a health concern? Here’s what you need to know.
Varicose veins are bulging and twisted veins that are blue or purple in color and visible just below the surface of the skin.
Normally, healthy leg veins pump blood away from the lower extremities back to the heart. Within these veins are one-way valves that act as gates, preventing blood from flowing backwards.
However, if these valves become damaged or weakened, they can allow gravitational forces to pull blood down to the legs and lower extremities. This backflow is known as venous insufficiency.
Varicose and spider veins are the most well-known form of vein disease and involve superficial leg veins.
While often a cosmetic concern, they can also be accompanied by leg throbbing, aching, skin changes, and ulcerations that interfere with daily functioning, quality of life, and overall health.
Additionally, venous insufficiency can affect deeper veins and lead to more serious conditions like blood clots. Symptoms of blood clots include swelling, pain, and redness and warrant immediate medical attention.
Even without associated symptoms, it’s recommended that patients with varicose veins seek evaluation from a vesicular specialist. He or she has a wide-range of resources to properly diagnose venous insufficiency and treat any cosmetic concerns or discomfort associated with vein disease.
If you have varicose veins that are causing cosmetic or medical issues, please call the Vein Center of Maryland to schedule an appointment.
We are conveniently located in Westminster, Eldersburg, Baltimore, Hunt Valley and Bel Air.