Varicose veins usually affect women above the age of 30. However, they can affect men as well. A skin care or vein treatment medical spa specialist should help you arrive at an enlightened decision regarding the procedure to follow. They will also recommend a suitable treatment for you. Your doctor would have to study relevant family and health history to determine the underlying cause of your varicose veins.
During pre-operative initial consultation, patients should openly ask doctors questions regarding varicose veins. They should continue with the treatment only when they are completely satisfied with the doctor’s response. Motykie Med Spa, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie, provides varicose vein treatments to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
Possible Causes of Varicose Veins
Your veins have a primary function of returning blood from all organs and areas to the heart. The veins in the legs work against gravitational forces to do this. Muscle contractions in your lower extremities function like a pump. They enable healthy veins to return blood back to the heart. The veins have small valves that open and close allowing blood to flow through them.
With time, the veins lose their natural elasticity and stretch. Valves may malfunction when this stretching takes place. This results in the blood moving backward rather than forward to the heart. Blood tends to accumulate in such veins causing them to become larger in size. The veins have a blue or purple color because blood within them is deoxygenated. Aging is one of the causes for varicose veins.
Varicose veins may occur in pregnant women as well. During pregnancy, the quantity of blood in the body increases. However, the amount of blood that flows from the legs to the pelvis is reduced. Fetus growth is supported because of this change in the pattern of blood flow. Unfortunately, this can also result in varicose veins.
Pregnancy can either worsen existing varicose veins or form new ones because of increased pressure on legs from the uterus. Hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy can also cause varicose veins.
Other Causes of Varicose Veins
- Obesity or overweightness
- Genetic factors
- Standing continuously for hours
- Hormonal fluctuations during menopause, puberty or pregnancy
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Trauma or injury to the skin
- Medical history of blood clotting
- Prolonged exposure to UV rays
- Vein surgery
Risk Factors of Varicose Veins
Aging causes valves in the veins to malfunction by making the veins less elastic. Deoxygenated blood tends to flow back in the veins instead of going to the heart.
Hormonal changes, pregnancy, menopause, and menstrual cycle are some other factors that make women susceptible to varicose veins. Female hormones are known to harden vein walls.
Varicose veins are more likely in people that already have a family member suffering from it. However, this genetic connection is yet to be proven.
More pressure is exerted on the veins when you are overweight or obese, leading to formation of varicose veins. Motykie Med Spa receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for safe and proven varicose vein treatments.
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