3 Reasons You Have Varicose Veins & What to do About It
By Kaitlyn Hunter, FNP
Varicose, spider, and reticular veins are very common cosmetic issues. In fact, nearly 80 million Americans have some kind of venous disorder. In Cincinnati, we’ve found that many people don’t understand why they developed varicose veins or what their options for removal are. Instead, they typically wear pants or other clothing to cover up year-long.
Here at Your Wellness Center, we believe in helping everyone achieve the look and confidence they desire. That’s why I’m here to break down the basics of varicose veins, and educate you about one of our newest treatments: sclerotherapy.
Why do I have varicose veins?
There are actually 3 common causes of varicose veins:
- Genetics. Venous disease is largely attributed to your DNA. If one of your parents has varicose veins, your risk of developing them is 47%. If both parents have it, the risk increases to 89%.
- Work activity. When you stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, blood pools in your legs. It’s important for both appearance and circulation for you to get up and walk as much as you can. If you have a job that requires you to stand in one place, your risk of developing varicose veins is 60%. If you sit for prolonged periods of time, your risk is 30%.
- Pregnancy. When you are pregnant, your blood volume is increased and your muscles relax. Combined with physical barriers like an enlarged uterus, your body has a hard time pumping blood back up to the upper body. This means it pools more often in your legs.
What Can I Do About My Veins?
There are often 2 methods of treatment: sclerotherapy or laser removal. We offer sclerotherapy in our office, because results are typically seen faster and it is a more efficient way of treating larger “reticular” veins.
If you haven’t seen a sclerotherapy treatment before, I recommend starting with our video that breaks down the process:
Does Sclerotherapy Cause Other Issues?
We often hear questions regarding whether or not sclerotherapy will cause:
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
- Higher blood pressure
- Hair loss
If done by a trained professional like myself, the answer is no. Sclerotherapy is a safe procedure that requires little downtime (just 5 days of no sun on treated areas).
Does Sclerotherapy Make Veins Worse?
Short answer, no. Sometimes when you treat veins, other veins can pop up in another area. To avoid this, it’s important to treat the “feeder” veins that cause the spider veins in the first place, rather than just treating the spider veins themselves. As always, we treat the cause of your issues and not just the symptoms.
How Can I Start Sclerotherapy?
The first thing to do is to fill out our online consultation form so that we can get a brief overview of your medical history*. From there, we will call you to schedule your consultation. We’ll go over the procedure, answer any questions, and make sure you have a compression stocking to wear after the treatment.
*If deep venous disease is suspected, you’ll have to be seen by a specialist for further testing before sclerotherapy.