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About Varicose Veins

Cleveland Vein Clinic | Smith Vein Institute | About Varicose Veins

For those who are on their feet a lot, whether for work or otherwise, may notice a visibly enlarged webbing of veins that are noticeable in the skin. These enlarged veins are known as varicose veins.

At Smith Vein Institute, we use the most advanced technology in the vein care industry to help you realize your aesthetic goals all within a comfortable environment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment and discover what our exciting aesthetic treatment options can do for you!

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged rugged-looking veins that are generally caused from excessive amounts of time spent either standing or walking. The longer we’re on our feet, the more pressure is placed on our veins in our lower body, resulting in varicose veins. For some people, varicose veins are strictly an aesthetic issue. However, it may cause others discomfort or pain and can result in greater complications such as ulcers, blood clots, or bleeding.

What do varicose veins look like?

Varicose veins typically look twisted and bulged and are blue or dark purple in color.

What can cause varicose veins?

The two most common causes of varicose veins are aging and pregnancy.

As our bodies age, veins often stretch larger beneath our skin as a result of a loss of elasticity. As the valves in your veins weaken with time, blood flow will become more challenging for your body, causing blood to pool up. This build up of blood results in the veins to swell, making them varicose.

Some pregnant women may notice varicose veins in the feet, ankles, or legs. While pregnancy increases the amount of blood in the body, it does reduce blood circulation below the waist to compensate for the support of the fetus, resulting in varicose veins. Some women may experience more defined varicose veins the longer they’re pregnant. However, their appearance can improve in time following labor.

Varicose vein data

  • Over 25 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with varicose veins
  • 72% of women in the U.S. will experience symptoms of varicose veins in their lifetime
  • 42% of men in the U.S. will notice signs of varicose veins in their lifetime
  • Collectively, over 2 million workdays in the U.S. are lost annually due to varicose veins

Whether varicose veins are compromising your aesthetic or compromising your health, they are treatable. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment and find out which of our vein treatments may be right for you.