If you’re “vein” or in pain, varicose veins are more easily treated now than in the past.

As a curious child, you might remember staring at an older relative’s thick stockings at the blue, gnarled veins lying under the skin like bumpy snakes. Known as varicose veins, these blood vessels, which return blood from the legs to the heart, are actually a more superficial system.

The real, working venous system for the legs lies deeper. This is good news, because it means that if the surface veins begin to clump up and bulge, they can be removed or destroyed without ruining circulation to the leg.

The National Institutes of Health estimates that 60% of all men and women suffer from some form of vein disorder. A quarter of varicose vein sufferers are men, although Weiss notes that it is almost always women who seek help for spider veins.

Spider veins, the more delicate red or blue tracings that can pop up on the skin’s surface like kinky spider webs, are a minor form of varicose veins and can precede development of the more unsightly variation or cause cosmetic concerns of their own. Sun exposure can make spider veins worse by breaking down collagen under the skin.

Both varicose and spider veins result when valves designed to keep blood from running backward away from the heart and back down into the leg fail or become loose and flabby — allowing backwash, which stretches veins and even slowly leaks into ankle and leg tissue, causing swelling.

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” Dr Jeffrey Alpern, of Vein Specialists of Arizona, believes anyone with varicose veins should undergo a thorough venous ultrasound examination by a qualified Vein Specialist, to ensure there is no serious underlying venous disease which may be the cause and if left untreated may lead to more serious medical conditions such as bleeding, blood clot, skin pigmentation or ulcer formation.”

 

Vein Specialists of Arizona (VSA) and Jeffrey Alpern, D.O. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O., founder/owner of VSA, is one of a handful of surgeons worldwide to use fast, virtually painless, safe and effective laser ablation and radiofrequency (RF) techniques for the treatment and cure of existing varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and venous leg ulcers.