When Should You be Concerned About Varicose Veins?
As we age, our vascular health changes, which can cause previously invisible veins to surface on the skin and cause bulging and discoloration. At Lynch Vein & Aesthetics, board-certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew Lynch and his team of specialists work with patients in and around Peoria, AZ to diagnose and treat venous issues, such as varicose veins and spider veins. Dr. Lynch can help you identify veins that indicate larger medical issues as well as provide customized treatment plans to diminish appearance to improve and beautify your overall complexion.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that bulge and rise above the skin. The vein wall begins to weaken and the valves malfunction, causing abnormal changes in blood flow. Over time, with the effects of gravity, the bulging appearance worsens due to increasing pressure in the veins. If left untreated, varicose veins can cause intense pain and discomfort. Typically, varicose veins appear in the legs.
Are varicose veins a serious health issue?
In most cases, varicose veins cause discomfort but are not indicative of any serious illness. Varicose veins can form due to genetics, obesity, pregnancy, or any number of lifestyle choices. At Lynch Vein & Aesthetics, Dr. Lynch provides patients with detailed assessments to diagnose varicose veins. Additionally, his examinations can reveal any additional venous complications that require medical intervention.
Are varicose veins the same as spider veins?
Spider veins, or telangiectasia, are damaged veins that generally appear on the face and neck but can form just about anywhere on the body. Spider veins are thin, weblike lines that are dark blue or purple. Although spider veins are not harmful, some men and women are displeased with the discoloration and seek out cosmetic interventions to improve their complexion.
Will varicose veins or spider veins go away on their own?
With time, some spider veins may diminish or fade. In most cases, if left untreated, varicose veins and spider veins do not go away on their own and may actually get progressively worse. Dr. Lynch presents his patients with a series of personalized treatment options to eliminate varicose veins or spider veins, to decrease unecessary pain, and to improve their skin tone.
When should you be concerned about varicose veins?
Varicose veins tend to become a problem if the individual is experiencing persistent swelling and pain. Other symptoms that should raise concern include:
Heaviness in the legs
Discoloration around the veins
Increased bulging on the surface of the skin
Open wounds or sores around the veins on the skin
Varicose veins could indicate underlying medical conditions, including life-threatening blood clots or pulmonary embolisms.
What treatments are available for varicose veins?
At Lynch Vein & Aesthetics, Dr. Lynch can perform any of the following treatments to alleviate varicose veins or spider veins:
Surface Laser treatments
Laser vein removal
Each treatment plan is highly customized, and available interventions are based on the patient’s personal medical and cosmetic goals as well as Dr. Lynch’s expert recommendations. Dr. Lynch reviews each patient’s medical history to determine if certain treatments are right and safe for them.
Will treatments prevent future varicose veins and spider veins?
Venous interventions can permanently eliminate the varicose veins or spider veins targeted in your treatment session. However, treatments will not prevent future varicose veins or spider veins from forming on other areas of the body. Patients may need to come in and see Dr. Lynch over the course of several visits if they wish to address further developing venous issues.
Learn more about treatment options for varicose veins and spider veins in Peoria, AZ
If you reside in or around Peoria, AZ and are experiencing signs and symptoms of varicose veins or spider veins, contact our team at Lynch Vein & Aesthetics and schedule a consultation today. Dr. Lynch will listen to and validate your personal medical and cosmetic goals so you can continue to live your life with reduced pain and a gorgeous complexion.