Myth: Varicose Veins are a Cosmetic Issue | Premier Vein Clinics | Knoxville, TN

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Myth: Varicose Veins are a Cosmetic Issue

Submit a Premier Vein Clinics Appointment RequestThe treatment of varicose and spider veins IS NOT for cosmetic reasons only. Varicose vein disease can cause many health problems including the following if left untreated:

  • Blood clots
  • Venous eczema
  • Skin breakdown
  • Ulcers

To better understand why the treatment of venous disease is so important, it is helpful to know what causes them. Varicose veins are visible, enlarged, bulging veins in the legs. The difference between varicose and spider veins is varicose are much larger and deeper. Varicose veins develop as a result of the pooling of blood in veins due to gravity or valve dysfunction. There is no magic answer as to what causes varicose veins but there are a few factors increasing your chance in developing them:

  • Genetics
  • Females are at higher risk than males
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Prolonged standing or sitting
  • Age
  • Leg injury

It has been suggested that 1 in 3 Americans have either spider or varicose veins and each year 4 to 5 million office visits occur related to leg vein problems. While the unsightly appearance of diseased veins may be the first symptom of complaint, if left untreated more severe symptoms can set in impacting daily quality of life. Symptoms of varicose veins can include:

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Cramping
  • Ulcers

The moral of the story is, it is a myth varicose veins are only of cosmetic significance. Schedule a consult with one of the seven board-certified vascular surgeons at Premier Vein Clinics and determine if treatment is right for you. There are a variety of options for treatment all of which are done in office in relatively an hour with little to no down time. Call us today at (865) 588-8229.

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