Varicose veins are a disease that develops when a vein valve fails. They swell and become enlarged, often turning dark purple and taking on a bulging appearance. Since veins carry blood towards your heart, a failing vein means that you can develop problems in your extremities. However, varicose veins don’t always produce visible signs. In these instances, the varicose veins are deep inside of your body, making it impossible to see them. Because of this, you might start to experience discomfort, or even pain, in the area where the varicose veins are localized. Since they’re most commonly found in your lower body, that means that yes, varicose veins can cause calf pain.
For the treatment of spider veins, which are the clusters of tiny red and/or blue vessels that are actually present on the skin surface, we have two different approaches-surface laser and injections.
What is venous insufficiency or varicose veins? Venous insufficiency is a medical condition in which the veins of the body (usually of the legs) cannot pump blood back to the heart. This causes blood to accumulate in the blood vessels and eventually enlarge (varicose veins) or dilate.
Choosing the right Doctor to treat your veins can be a challenge, especially because the contemporary treatment of vein disease is quite different than what was done even as recently as 10 years ago. This is due, in part, to the recent U.S. Board Certified medical specialty called Phlebology, which focuses solely on the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. While many physicians offer medical services relating to vein disease, only a few are Board Certified Phlebologists, a specialty that has existed only since 2008. In addition, the modern practice of vein medicine requires mastery of specific medical technology. Again the best practitioners are Certified; this time in Ultrasonography.
As cosmetic procedures are generally not covered by insurance and thus an out-of-pocket expense. However, because vein disease is real disease most of the cost is covered by insurance. Additionally, it is common (25% of the time) for patients to come in for cosmetic procedures like spider vein removal and discover that they have underlying vein disease. If this happen, then insurance covers it all.