Varicose Veins – An Unsightly Condition
Varicose veins are prominent blue or purple veins that have become enlarged, gnarled and twisted. Sometimes caused by problems in the circulatory system, the term usually refers to the veins on the leg, where varicose veins appear most often, but any vein can become varicose. Varicose veins are more common in women than in men, and often have a hereditary link – if other immediate family members have varicose veins, you are more likely to develop them. They are distinguished from reticular veins by their larger size; varicose veins have a width greater than 3mm, or about one-tenth of an inch. In many cases, varicose veins on the legs are simply a cosmetic problem. But the symptoms of varicose veins can include aches and discomfort in the surrounding area.
Varicose Veins - The Cosmetic and Health Concerns
With advanced treatments including laser ablation, foam sclerotherapy and other endovenous techniques, removal of varicose veins is a safe and easy procedure. Superficial veins, which give rise to varicose veins, carry an insignificant amount of the total blood of the legs, and can be removed or ablated without serious harm. You need not live with varicose veins any longer. At The Vein Center in northern New Jersey, our board certified vascular surgeons can advise you of treatment options for removal of varicose veins, and together choose the solution that is best for you. We’re here for our neighbors in Westfield, Clifton or Springfield.