Varicose veins are veins that have become swollen and twisted from increased pressure and usually appear like protruding ropes underneath the skin. Varicose veins are usually warm to the touch and can be painful or throbbing compared to normal veins. The symptoms are normally felt more at the end of the day as well as after prolonged standing or sitting. Hot weather can also affect symptoms.
Unfortunately, varicose veins don't improve without treatment. Left untreated they will usually get bigger and more painful over time. Varicose veins, in other words, are not just cosmetic, they represent a physical condition caused by insufficient valves and increased pressure in the legs. Without treatment, the condition typically gets worse including increased appearance, leg swelling, leg throbbing, leg pain, and the formation of new spider veins or varicose veins. In extreame cases, If the condition continues to be left untreated, venous ulcers can develop.
Proper varicose vein treatment depends on the patient and the types of veins involved (Varicose veins, spider veins, or reticular veins). It is also crucial to find out if the patient has venous insufficiency (venous reflux) which is often the root cause. At the San Francisco Vein Center, Dr. Aquino employs many different varicose vein treatments including compression therapy (compression stockings), sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, and surgical phlebectomy. Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan to address the symptoms and appearance of varicose veins.