At Vein Care, we provide non-surgical treatments for varicose veins and other similar vein conditions. With over 20 years of experience, you can count on our passionate team for quality vein treatments that place your health, comfort and welfare as the highest priority. Below are some of the vein problems we offer treatments for.
Varicose veins are swollen, twisting and discoloured veins that may cause pain and discomfort. Any superficial vein can become varicose, but the condition most commonly affects your legs. That’s because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body. How varicose veins look and feel vary from person to person. For some people, it’s a minor cosmetic issue. For others, it can cause aching pain and requires treatment to avoid more serious problems from developing.
Varicose veins can also be a side effect of pregnancy. During pregnancy, the amount of blood moving around your body increases; this supports the growing fetus but can also produce varicose veins.
Spider veins are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop near the surface of your skin, most commonly on the legs or face. They are essentially a milder version of varicose veins as they are both caused by abnormally enlarged blood vessels. Spider veins are often red, blue or purple in colour and have the appearance of a spiderweb. While they are typically only a cosmetic problem at time of treatment, they can lead to more serious problems such as chronic aching, dermatitis and skin ulcers.
When you see small, dilated veins around 1mm to 3mm in diameter with a bluish to greenish colouration, those are most likely reticular veins. They are typically bigger than a spider vein but smaller than a varicose vein. Like the other types of vein conditions, weak or damaged valves in the veins are the main cause. Reticular veins also share the same risk factors, treatment options and the potential to develop into more serious problems.
Leg ulcers, sometimes called venous leg ulcers, are deep sores in the skin of the leg. They are common in older people, often caused by varicose veins, high blood pressure, a blood clot or a disease of the veins. Fluid leaks from the abnormal or damaged veins, eventually causing the skin to break down.
The most obvious symptom of leg ulcers is a visible deep sore on the leg, but other symptoms include swelling, pus, bad smells, pain and fever.
Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the leg. A deep vein thrombosis in the thigh carries a risk of pulmonary embolism, which is when the clot detaches and lodges in the pulmonary artery – the main blood vessel to the lungs. If the clot is large enough, it can block the artery and cause death.
It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from a specialist, as deep vein thrombosis is often mistaken for lymphoedema and chronic venous disease. Once diagnosis has been made, patients can begin treatment, which may include surgery or blood thinning tablets.
To book vein treatment for any of the listed conditions, make an appointment with the Melbourne specialists at Vein Care. Call us on 1300 730 100 or contact us online.