Unwanted veins can impact your life in different ways, depending on the condition. Spider veins and varicose veins are the two most common problems for which individuals seek help at our vein clinic. While there are some similarities between the two vascular disorders, there are some differences as well. Both conditions can hurt the appearance, while varicose veins commonly cause physical discomforts as well.

Varicose veins often form as, over time, the valves inside the veins fail to function as they should. They are there to ensure that the blood can only flow in the correct direction, which is toward the heart and lungs. When the valves no longer prevent the blood from being able to go backwards in the veins, the blood will begin to pool. This, along with the added pressure exerted against the vessel walls by the backup of blood working against the normal pumping action, will cause the veins to enlarge and become varicose.

Varicose veins create appearance issues as they become visible through the skin. Normally, they are blue and appear as large streaks. Because of their enlarged state, they can also cause the skin to bulge out, making the appearance issue even worse. Many people struggle with self-esteem issues that are caused by the appearance of these unwanted veins. This is the primary reason many individuals visit our vein clinic.

Another reason for visiting our vein clinic when you have varicose veins is to get relief from the symptoms they can produce. People who spend much of their day on their feet or in a stationary position while seated for extended periods of time are more likely to have these discomforts. This can include swelling of the legs and ankles. There can also be some aches and pains associated with the presence of varicose veins. Other symptoms include itching, burning, numbness and tingling.

Spider veins develop when the smaller vessels become enlarged because the blood is not flowing properly. Unlike varicose veins, which happen almost exclusively in the legs, spider veins can happen on the face or chest, as well as the legs. They normally do not produce any symptoms or lead to other health issues. Instead, the impact they have is a cosmetic one. This is enough of a reason for many people to seek help from the team at our vein clinic, especially when the self-esteem is impacted.

At The Vein Center in Mount Pleasant, we have a number of treatments available to help you get rid of your unwanted veins. Many of them can be done as outpatient procedures with little to no downtime for recovery required. The professionals at our vein clinic can evaluate your veins and let you know which treatment method is best for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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