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Are Varicose Veins a Purely Cosmetic Concern?

Posted on June 19, 2018 by Ryan Rivard

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After working hard to maintain good nutrition and exercise regularly, it can be quite frustrating to see blue and purple lines visible on your legs. To make matters worse, they may also appear lumpy on the skin’s surface. Despite your best efforts, they seem to become more and more noticeable as time goes on.

Although they are bothersome, you may consider these lines to be a natural consequence of growing older. If your mother and other relatives have lived with them, you feel as if you will have to learn to live with them as well.

Fortunately, just as our methods of communication have evolved over time, the way we diagnose and treat vein disease has evolved as well. There is no reason that you (or your mother) should have to learn to live with spider veins or varicose veins today. In fact, it would be in your best interest to have them diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

Here’s why:

  • Spider veins may be cosmetic, or they may be an early warning sign of chronic vein insufficiency.
  • Neither spider veins nor varicose veins will go away without treatment.
  • Varicose veins often cause significant pain, itching, swelling, aching, cramping, and fatigue.
  • Important surgical procedures could be delayed due to potential complications due to circulatory issues caused by varicose veins.
  • If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to sores, ulcers, bleeding, phlebitis.
  • People who have varicose veins are at greater risk for developing deep vein thrombosis which could lead to a potentially life-threatening blood clot.

Now that you are aware of the many potential negative consequences of ignoring the signs, here are some of the painless treatment options approved by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine:

  • Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

In each case, treatment begins with taking the patient’s medical history and conducting an evaluation. A board-certified vein and lymphatic medicine specialist can determine which option is appropriate. All of these procedures can be conducted in the office with localized or no anesthetic and will result in the damaged vein(s) being eliminated and absorbed by the body, never to appear again.

The vein experts at Illinois Vein Specialists are completely focused on vascular issues. Our physicians are board-certified in venous and lymphatic medicine and we have helped more than 10,000 patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois by diagnosing and treating their veins over the last decade. Contact Illinois Vein Specialists today.

 

OUR PHILOSOPHY. FIND A BOARD CERTIFIED VENOUS AND LYMPHATIC DOCTOR.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. 

We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON VARICOSE VEIN TREATMENT DOWNLOAD OUR FREE PATIENT GUIDE! 

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