Say Goodbye to Varicose Veins
Troubling for many, varicose veins are common amongst our patients. Presenting more than just cosmetic issues, varicose veins often cause pain or discomfort. At Tulsa Surgical Arts, we are excited to offer a solution to a problem that commonly plagues many of our patients.
Understanding Why Varicose Veins Form
Veins are responsible for transporting blood from our organs and tissues back to the heart. Fighting gravity, veins face an uphill battle when moving blood from, say, your legs, back to the heart. To help, veins have valves that keep blood flowing upwards. When healthy and performing as they should, the valves properly push the blood upwards. A weakened valve, however, can allow blood to leak back down and collect in the vein—causing the vein to swell and become enlarged.
Causes of Varicose Veins
Relatively common, 15 to 25 percent of the adult population struggle with varicose veins. There are numerous factors that increase one's chance of developing varicose veins. These include:
- Age: Similar as to the rest of your body, valves tire with age. By age 50, one out of every two people have varicose veins.
- Gender: 20 to 25 percent of women will have visible varicose veins while only 10 to 15 percent of men will.
- Hormonal Changes: Varicose veins often develop during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
- Family History: Varicose veins tend to run in the family. For those with varicose veins, around 50 percent also have a family member who has them too.
- Obesity: Adding excess stress, being obese places extra pressure on your veins.
- Lack of Movement: Sitting or standing in one stagnant position causes your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart. This holds especially true for individuals who sit with their legs bent or who have a tendency to cross their legs.
Finally! A solution
For some, lifestyle changes such as weight loss, a healthy diet, or committing to an exercise routine can help. Others find relief in wearing compression hose. However, for many, small lifestyle changes are often not enough.
In cases such as these, we are able to help. Dr. Cuzalina utilizes a combination treatment—taking advantage of a foam sclerotherapy technique in partnership with YAG laser therapy. Together, these two treatments can help clear the appearance of troublesome varicose veins.
At Tulsa Surgical Arts, we understand the complexities behind varicose veins. Depending on your unique needs, Dr. Cuzalina will personalize a treatment to best achieve your goals. To learn more, please contact our Tulsa office.