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Are Your Veins Trying To Tell You Something?

Our veins are an integral part of our circulation system, acting as a roadway which drives de-oxygenated blood back to our hearts.

When young, we may only be able to see our veins through the paper-thin skin on the insides of our wrists and elbows, but as we age we may be able to see our veins literally popping up in some rather unexpected places.

Why Can I See My Veins?

Veins becoming more obvious is often associated with age, but it can be the result of a number of health issues as well, including:

  • Genetics

  • Pregnancy

  • Menopause

  • Prolonged use of oral contraception

  • Standing for lengthy periods of time

  • Obesity

Any of these can result in varicose veins – the bluish-purple or red coloured gnarly and bulging lines which are not only unsightly, but can also be painful with a dull ache being described by sufferers.

Varicose veins can also result in some health risks. When blood pools in the vein, it may cause some aching and swelling which can be irritating from many sufferers. There is also a slightly higher risk of clot (deep vein thrombosis which tends to occur after long distance flights in the area of the varicose vein).

What Your Veins Are Trying To Tell You

There is a myriad of reasons why someone may suffer from varicose veins. Some people will require intervention so that their legs are more comfortable, without achy or swollen legs. Others will choose to have treatments owing to the cosmetic concerns.

Varicose veins associated with pregnancy/menopause/oral contraception use: Varicose veins stemming from any of the above suggest an increase in weight or a chemical imbalance. Your doctor can give you advice on how to deal with varicose veins caused by a hormonal imbalance, and offer solutions or tips.

Varicose veins due to obesity: An overall weight loss plan is important, but compression clothing and non-surgical procedures can also help reduce your risk of health complications caused by varicose veins.  Having a high weight in general will also put more pressure on your legs contributing to any swelling already present.

Varicose veins due to standing: People who stand for long periods of the day tend to have a higher risk of varicose veins for some reason. Hairdressers, factory workers, retails staff, nurses are examples of groups who often develop varicose veins. Using stockings is a good idea initially however if there is continued swelling or aching an assessment suggested.

Varicose veins are not necessarily a major health issue, but it is difficult to know without a proper assessment. Start off by arranging for a specialised ultrasound scan so that the source and severity of your varicose veins can be determined. From there, you and a health professional can map out the most suitable treatment plan for your health and well-being.

Our doctors at The Vein Institute are on hand to help the people of Sydney, Bowral, The Blue Mountains, and Canberra who are suffering pain caused by varicose veins. Your first consultation will include a special ultrasound scan and assessment.

We invite you to book your appointment today on 02 8021 2569.



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Varicose veins are leg veins which do not pump blood effectively back to the heart and can be often seen as bulging veins just underneath your skin on either leg. These varicose veins have valves in them which are not working effectively so that blood which is meant to be pushed towards the heart, leaks downwards toward the legs. There are other leg veins which are still working, so blood does eventually arrive through other routes to your heart. However, varicose veins do exert added pressure on your circulatory system. Read More.

Endovenous Laser Ablation is a Varicose Veins Laser Treatment performed in our clinic under local anaesthetic. This new procedure is an excellent treatment option for most patients with varicose veins and is considered slightly more effective than surgery but without the need for hospitalization. Read More.

This is an endovenous treatment (meaning treating the vein on the inside). It is generally accepted to be associated with less pain and bruising than endovenous laser ablation. It is a “gold standard” form of treatment for large varicose leg veins treatment as the procedure requires no hospitalization or time of work yet is at least as effective as surgery. Read More.

Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment by Sapheon is the latest surgery free procedure that uses a medical adhesive to safely and effectively treat varicose veins. Unlike other treatments, Venaseal™ does not require tumescent local anaesthetic around the vein, so there is usually only one local anaesthetic injection. The Venaseal™ non surgical treatment procedure also eliminates the use of heat (or thermal energy) so there is virtually no risk of nerve or skin injury or any major reaction to the anaesthetic. Read More.

Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy allows our doctors to visually guide and monitor a needle to the exact source of the incompetent vein (valve) to be injected. By using ultrasound we can treat more quickly and safely larger and deeper veins that once required more invasive surgical treatment. Foam sclerotherapy is the new form of delivering the sclerosing agent that allows us to treat larger varicose veins that might be unsuccessfully treated with conventional sclerotherapy. The foam solution has the consistency of ‘shaving cream’, which improves treatment in two distinct ways. Read More.

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