Varicose veins are veins which are highly visible under the skin, and are often twisted and swollen in appearance. They’re one of the most common vein conditions and are often found on the legs.

If you’re based in Melbourne and suspect you are suffering from varicose veins, browse the symptoms below or contact your local Vein Care clinic for a consultation.

Varicose veins on legs of woman

Varicose vein symptoms

The first way to differentiate between varicose veins and other conditions such as spider veins is to understand common varicose vein symptoms, which may include:

  • Blue or dark purple coloured veins, most commonly in the legs
  •  Prominent veins that are bulging and/or twisting in appearance
  • Chronic achy legs, “heavy legs” or undefined leg soreness
  • Swelling in the legs, including burning sensation, throbbing and/or muscle cramping
  • Pain that increases following extended periods sitting or standing
  • Redness, discolouration and/or itching around prominent veins
  • Localised skin hardening or skin ulcers (which may also indicate more serious vascular disease)

What causes varicose veins?

There are a variety of things that could cause varicose veins, and we’ve listed some of the most common causes below:

  • Your family has a history of varicose veins
  • The natural ageing process weakens the veins and causes a loss of elasticity
  • Your occupation requires that you stand for extended periods of time
  • Obesity puts additional pressure on the legs and circulatory system
  • Pregnancy increases blood volume, reduces blood flow from the legs, and add physical strain to the body
  • Hormonal changes such as menopause

Treating varicose veins in Melbourne

There are a number of ways to treat varicose veins in Melbourne, with advanced non-surgical techniques available at Vein Care that quickly and effectively restore a healthy appearance to your skin. When you visit us, your dedicated specialist will talk you through the options, including Sclerotherapy and Microsclerotherapy, and Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT). Our medical staff can provide an accurate diagnosis to create an effective plan to correct your condition and minimise your risk of recurrence.

This plan may involve lifestyle changes alongside non-surgical or surgical treatments.

  • Book a consultation

    For diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins in Melbourne, book a consultation with Vein Care. With three clinics near Melbourne and over 20 years experience, you can count on us for professional, effective and convenient care. Call 1300 730 100 to speak to our team or make an appointment.