Written March 24, 2021Encino Vascular Institute

What is a Varicosity?

In simple terms, a varicosity is a medical term used to describe a dilated vein (most often found in the lower legs). You may know this phenomenon as “varicose veins”. Other terms used among the medical community to describe these veins include varices or varicosis.

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Your veins ensure that blood flows upwards, back to the heart and lungs. These veins have valves in them that prevent “backflow” due to gravity. When these valves malfunction or become weak, it can result in blood pooling and subsequent dilation of the veins causing varicosities in which case you’ll need to consult a vascular surgeon in Sherman Oaks, CA like Encino Vascular Institute who specializes in varicose vein treatment.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Varicosities?

The leading signs of varicose veins are visual, marked by the appearance of raised, swollen and misshapen veins (often on the legs) that are dark purple or blue in color. These veins may also be accompanied by chronic or waning heaviness or achiness in the limbs, localized swelling, skin discoloration, burning or itching, muscle cramping, and pain and discomfort (especially after standing for lengthy periods of time) . 

Are Varicosities Dangerous?

Varicosities are a non-life-threatening condition, but they do have the potential to cause serious health complications if left untreated. They may increase the risk of developing chronic ulcers, venous infections, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), blood clots, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), May-Thurner Syndrome and more.

They may also contribute to a loss of self-confidence or self-esteem, especially when wearing shorts or other revealing clothing, as well as being uncomfortable or painful at times.

What are the Causes of Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are the result of improperly functioning veins that allow blood to backflow or pool instead of being efficiently routed upward to return to the heart and lungs. 

Common Causes of Varicose Veins Include:

  • Natural aging (often after 50+)
  • Obesity 
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy 
  • Standing for long periods of time (often at work)
  • Family history
  • Gender (Women are more likely to develop varicosities)

What Can You Do to Prevent Varicose Veins?

Although there is no surefire way to prevent varicosities, you can reduce your risk of developing them.

Preventative Measures Include:

  • Regular exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Eating a low sodium, high fiber diet
  • Properly managing blood pressure
  • Avoiding tight hosiery and high heels
  • Avoid standing for long periods of time
  • Elevate legs regularly
  • Alter sitting or standing positions regularly 

What Does Treatment for Varicosities Involve?

Unfortunately, varicosities won’t resolve or go away on their own, leaving you with unsightly, sometimes painful, dilated veins that can contribute to other serious health complications.

Luckily, there are several treatment options available, ranging from self-care at home, to varicose veins surgery options.

Treatment Options Include:

  • Compression Stockings
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Laser Treatment 
  • Foam Sclerotherapy Injections 
  • Catheter-Assisted procedures using lasers or radiofrequency
  • High Ligation and Vein Stripping
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy 
  • Endoscopic Vein Surgery 

Encino Vascular & Dr. Farshad Malekmehr – Leading Vascular Surgeon

Headed by leading DVT & vein doctor, Farshad Malekemehr MD, Encino Vascular Institute is a leading vascular clinic specializing in the treatment of varicose veins, DVT and pulmonary embolism. 

If you or a loved one have been suffering needlessly from varicose veins, the time to call or message for an appointment is now. 

Get the compassionate care you deserve, and the treatment you need to live your best life. Our talented team of vascular surgeons in Sherman Oaks, CA at Encino Vascular Institute is standing by and eager to learn more about how we can help. Call (818) 908-9752 or visit our clinic today.

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