While it is said that varicose veins generally do not cause any serious problems, in some cases, varicose veins can lead to serious health issues.

Here at Victoria’s Cosmedi Spa we want to put the record straight. In this article we explore the health issues related to varicose veins and the degree of risk of each of them.

Why should I remove my varicose veins?

It’s important to realise the health risks associated with varicose veins such as fungal infections, thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombosis. Let’s take a closer look at each of these conditions:

  • Trombophlebitis: Poor circulation associated with varicose veins can result in clot formations in deeper veins? Symptoms include skin redness; a firm, tender, warm vein; and sometimes pain and swelling. If these clots break off, they can travel to the lung and cause serious problems such as pulmonary embolism (heart blockage).
  • Bleeding: The skin over the veins becomes thin and easily injured. When an injury occurs, there can be significant blood loss.
  • Sores or skin ulcers due to chronic (long-term) backing up of blood. These sores or ulcers are painful and hard to heal. Sometimes they cannot heal until the backward blood flow in the vein is repaired.
  • Fungal infections: When extensive varicose veins hinder the circulation in your legs, you can develop Edema—swelling caused by resulting fluid build-up. When this condition exists, you are more at risk for fungal and bacterial infections of the surrounding tissue and area.
  • Deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot in a deeper vein. It can cause a “pulling” feeling in the calf, pain, warmth, redness, and swelling. However, sometimes it causes no significant symptoms. If the blood clot travels to the lungs, it can be fatal.

The symptoms to look for…

At Victoria’s Cosmedi Spa we advise our patients to visit us for a professional examination if:

  • The vein has become swollen, red, or very tender or warm to the touch
  • There are sores or a rash on the leg or near the ankle
  • The skin on the ankle and calf becomes thick and changes colour
  • One of the varicose veins begins to bleed
  • The appearance of the veins is causing you distress

How can I remove my varicose veins?

Our highly skilled and caring team here at Victoria’s Cosmedi Spa in Tasmania can help you get the treatment you need when it comes to the removal of your varicose veins, safely and effectively.

In the majority of cases, a procedure called Sclerotherapy is used in which a solution, called a Sclerosing solution, is injected with a very fine needle directly into the blood vessel. This procedure has been used for spider veins since the 1930´s and long before that for larger veins. Over a period of weeks, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view, eventually becoming barely or not at all visible.

Visit our frequently asked questions page to learn all you need to know about varicose veins and our safe and effective treatment options. Alternatively please call us to book an appointment on (03) 6331 0377.