Varicose veins on the legs U.S. Dermatology Partners
By U.S. Dermatology Partners | Blog May 16, 2019

Health Risks Associated With Varicose Veins

We all know that varicose veins can be an aesthetic problem, but many are not aware of the health risks associated with the condition. Varicose veins are caused by the inability of a weakened vein to pump blood properly. Because the blood is not moving quickly and efficiently through the vein, it accumulates and causes the vein to swell. The result is bulging veins that look unsightly and can pose a health risk.


This is the number one health concern with varicose veins. Ruptures are typically spontaneous and require surgical intervention. While these ruptures usually are not a medical emergency, any surgical procedure poses certain risks to the patient.


Build-up of fluid near the site of the varicose veins can lead to ulcers. Typically, ulcers can be identified by swollen, discolored skin. Ulcers can also put you at risk for infection.

Blood Clots

There is a possibility that blood platelets may pool in the area of the varicose vein and eventually lead to a blood clot. If a blood clot breaks free, it can potentially travel to other areas of the body including the brain, lungs, or heart. Most cases of varicose vein induced blood clots do not travel, however, there is the possibility that the clot could break through.

Identifying varicose veins and seeking treatment is important to reduce these health risks. In general, varicose veins do not cause pain, but for those who do experience physical symptoms they may include achy legs, throbbing, muscle cramps, itching around the veins, or skin ulcers. Other signs may include dark purple or blue veins, or veins that appear to bulge or swell on the legs.

Treatments for varicose veins may involve Sclerotherapy or Laser Vein Removal.

Sclerotherapy is performed by injecting a solution directly into the affected veins. This causes the veins to close slowly and the blood will re-route through nearby healthy veins. Sclerotherapy may require multiple injections in each vein.

Laser vein removal involves the use of light waves that target the vein and cause it to fade away gradually. For larger veins, Sclerotherapy is usually the most effective option.

There are also many new medications and other technological advances to help with vein issues, and the providers at Center for Dermatology use all of these available modalities in individualized patient programs.

To learn more about varicose vein treatments in Plano, TX contact the team at the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery today.

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