How Varicose Veins Affect Your Health And Wellness

Varicose veins are often heredity, however, they can be caused by smoking, pregnancy, advancing age, and standing on your feet for long stretches at a time. They can look like ropes because they are often twisted and enlarged. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, treatment options can range from simple lifestyle changes and home remedies, to surgery. Here are some ways varicose veins can affect your health and wellness and what you can do about them.

Unsightly Appearance

Varicose veins are unsightly, and often appear dark purple and tortuous. If you wear skirts, dresses, or shorts, your varicose veins may cause embarrassment, and while you can use specially formulated leg makeup to conceal their appearance, it can wear off quickly and stain your clothing.

A wellness center or medical spa has trained medical professionals on staff who can provide varicose and spider vein treatment. Medical treatment of varicose veins such as sclerotherapy offers you a permanent treatment option that not only provides you with cosmetic benefits, but also with symptomatic relief. During your sclerotherapy treatment, the healthcare provider injects a saline-like solution directly into the vein.

The solution has an irritating effect on the wall of the vessel, causing it to deflate or collapse. Eventually, the vein will transform into scar tissue, and over time, fade away. Once the varicose vein fades, it will no longer be visible. While waiting for your appointment, interventions such as keeping your legs elevated, wearing compression stockings, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help keep you comfortable. 


While varicose pain may be asymptomatic. they can significantly diminish the quality of your life. Your legs may feel heavy or achy, and you may be unable to stand on your feet for extended periods of time.

People who have symptomatic varicose veins may be unable to carry out their work responsibilities effectively, especially if they work in a hair salon, restaurant, or in a retail sales establishment. Other unpleasant effects of varicose veins include pain that worsens after standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time, lower leg swelling, muscle cramps, burning, and throbbing sensations in your legs.

In addition, certain people experience irritation and itching on the veins, and in rare instances, the veins may ulcerate. If you develop ulcers on your legs, see your doctor right away because these types of wounds can become infected very quickly. 

To learn more about varicose vein treatment options, or to make an appointment for a chemical peel, dermal filler injections, microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, or hair loss treatment, contact a wellness center or medical spa.