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Varicose Veins: Aesthetic or Health Concern?

Are you bothered by disfiguring varicose veins on your legs? They may look like bulging purplish-blue ropes running down your legs — not very attractive. 

If you’re seeking a solution to rid yourself of those ugly veins, make an appointment with Dr. Carol White, at Dr. White's Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC in Morgantown, West Virginia, today. 

What are varicose veins? 

Veins are blood vessels that carry your life’s blood to and from your heart. Veins have valves that stop your blood from flowing backward. When your valves don’t close as they should, your blood flows the wrong way and collects in your veins, causing them to become abnormally enlarged. Now you have varicose veins

Varicose veins can be a health concern 

If you have to stand much of the day for your job as a teacher, nurse, doctor, contractor, warehouse worker, or other job that requires standing, your legs may begin to hurt intensely near the end of the day. You have a lot of company. About one-quarter of all American adults have varicose veins. 

It’s not surprising that varicose veins appear in your legs. Those veins are far away from your heart, and it’s harder for your blood to move upward against gravity. 

When the pooled blood in your varicose veins stays there for a long time, it can lead to a condition called chronic venus insufficiency. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s important to make an appointment with Dr. White: 

If left untreated, the small blood vessels can burst from the pressure of the pooled blood, resulting in skin inflammation and eventually open sores (ulcers) on your legs. Leg ulcers are hard to treat and can lead to an infection called cellulitis. In addition, you may develop blood clots in veins buried deep inside your legs, which require immediate medical treatment. 

Varicose veins as a cosmetic concern 

At the least, varicose veins may be a cosmetic concern for you. Large, purple, “ropes” protruding from the skin on your legs are unsightly. Dr. White can eliminate those bulging veins and restore smooth skin to your legs with a minor procedure. 

If you have no symptoms such as those described above, your varicose veins may be only a cosmetic issue, but wouldn’t it be reassuring to learn that from Dr. White? 

Call our office today or request an appointment online. If you prefer, we offer telehealth visits as well. 

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