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How Do Varicose Veins Form?

Painful leg vein

Caused by Various Factors

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, and enlarged veins that can be painful and unsightly. They most commonly form on your legs but can also appear elsewhere on your body. Varicose veins are a common condition caused by weakened or damaged valves in the veins which allow blood to pool instead of flowing normally through the circulatory system. It’s essential to understand how varicose veins form so you can prevent them from happening or get treatment if they do occur.

Fortunately, at Albert Vein Institute we offer a variety of treatments for varicose vein sufferers, including sclerotherapy, laser ablation therapy, and more. In this blog, we will explore how varicose veins form and discuss some treatment options available.

How Varicose Veins Form

Varicose veins form due to weakening or damage to the valves and veins in the circulatory system. These valves regulate blood flow in the veins, ensuring it flows normally through the body. When these valves become weakened or damaged, they cannot fully close off the vein and cause blood to back up and pool instead of flowing normally. This accumulation of blood causes the vein to swell, twist, and enlarge, resulting in varicose veins. Other contributing factors include aging, genetics, pregnancy, weight gain, and extended periods of standing and sitting.

Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

At Albert Vein Institute, we offer a variety of treatment options for varicose veins, including sclerotherapy and laser ablation therapy. Sclerotherapy typically involves injecting a chemical solution into the affected vein to cause scarring and collapse the vein wall, forcing the blood out so that it can no longer pool in the vein. Laser ablation therapy uses heat from a laser to seal off the affected vein and cause it to shrink. Both treatments are minimally invasive, have a low risk of complications, and require no downtime afterward.

Get Help for Your Varicose Veins

If you are suffering from varicose veins, contact us at Albert Vein Institute today to learn more about our treatment options. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best patient care and can help you find the right treatment plan for your needs.

Learn more or schedule your appointment by calling (303) 857-5111 or visiting our website.