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Varicose veins can be painful as well as ugly. Is laser treatment the right way to get rid of them?

Varicose vein is a common problem that can occur to the elderly people and also to young ones who exert too much pressure on their legs. While vein laser surgery is the best option that most people opt for there are various things to consider while taking such decisions.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Veins are the blood vessels that carry oxygen-poor blood from back to your heart, after which it will be transported to the lungs to pick up more oxygen. One-way valves serve to ensure that the blood — which has to defy gravity to find its way to the heart — keeps on flowing in the right direction. When those valves are damaged or weakened, blood, rather than going back to the heart, can pool in the veins. In the long run, this can lead to varicose veins. We all know what they look like: blue, ugly and bulging. Though varicose veins usually don't cause harm beyond an unhappiness with your physical appearance, they can in some cases lead to pain, and even blood clots and skin ulcers. Itchy skin, swollen ankles and aching limbs are other possible complications

While varicose can veins appear all over the body, they are more commonly visible on the legs and feet. Some experts also call these veins "spider veins", and indeed they can look quite a bit like a spider's web. Varicose veins are a common condition and women are more prone to them than men.

Understanding Varicose Veins: A Closer Look

Arteries and veins form an intricate network throughout the body to circulate blood from and to the heart. While arteries transport oxygen-rich blood from the heart to different parts of the body, veins deliver blood to the heart. Cup-like valves situated in strategic places help ensure the blood flows in the right direction. When these valves do not function properly, blood accumulates in the vein, making it bulge. This also makes it difficult for the muscles to push the blood upwards. Over a period of time, more and more blood gets accumulated, making the vein bulge and twist. 

Superficial veins which normally exist right under the surface of the skin are more likely to become varicose since they have less muscle support than deep veins. In most cases, too much of pressure or exertion or very little leg movement may lead to varicose veins. People who stand for long hours or who suffer from obesity issues are much more likely to develop varicose veins. 

Pregnant women are also vulnerable to varicose veins due to additional pressure on their leg muscles. 

Apart from this, a leg injury that has damaged the valves in a vein can lead to varicose vein. Elderly people are prone to varicose veins because veins get weaker with age. It is also believed that genetics play a vital role, and therefore if your parents have or had varicose veins you may be at a higher risk of developing varicose veins yourself.

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