Huge protruding veins may look good on a man’s bulging biceps, but on a female’s legs or arms is far less than attractive. Not to worry ladies, Morrison Vein Institute specializes in the most advanced treatments in vein disorders. And fortunately, once the damaged veins are treated, your body will re-route blood flow into stronger, healthier veins, reducing vein problems and improving your circulation.
Since this is an uncommon and sometimes unwanted subject, we have provided you with frequently asked questions and answers straight from the professionals at MVI:
1. Are spider veins a purely cosmetic problem?
“While spider veins are usually a cosmetic concern, they actually can be the result of a deeper problem, such as venous reflux. Venous reflux is a condition in which blood leaks back with gravity and pools in the vein, causing veins to swell with blood, and in turn, causes other smaller veins to become enlarged and swollen with stagnant blood. With the use of a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound scan, we can determine if your spider veins are the result of venous reflux, can pinpoint the exact source of the problem, and devise a treatment plan tailored to your needs.” MVI
2. What causes varicose veins?
“The actual cause of varicose veins is inefficient, faulty vein valves. These valves don’t close properly, allowing blood to leak back with gravity and pool in the vein. This causes the veins to bulge and stretch and result in many unpleasant side effects such as aching and throbbing pain, heavy and tired legs, and poor circulation. Heredity is a primary factor in over 80% of varicose vein cases. Other contributing factors may include pregnancy, obesity, hormone therapy, standing or sitting for long periods of time and injury. While a diet low in fiber and a sedentary lifestyle are thought to contribute to varicose veins, the condition is far more likely to develop if a person has an underlying predisposition to varicose veins due to heredity. This is because diet and lack of exercise are thought to be minor factors that are not likely to cause varicose veins on their own. Similarly, pregnancy, frequent straining to pass stool and heaving lifting are also thought to be minor causative factors for varicose veins. A combination of minor factors combined with a major factor like heredity, can be responsible.” MVI
3. How quickly can I resume normal activity?
“Patients are walking immediately following the procedures and patients typically resume most normal activity in 1-3 days (when surveyed).” MVI
4. After treatment, will the veins disappear immediately?
“No. This is the most important fact in understanding your treatment. The healing process begins as soon as the solution is injected. However, in the beginning the healing process is microscopic and not visible to the naked eye. Compression is a necessary component of sclerotherapy. Optimal results will not be achieved without proper compression. Also multiple treatments are necessary.” MVI
5. Will my veins come back after being treated?
“Varicose veins and spider veins are hereditary problem. Therefore, with hereditary and environmental factors (prolonged sitting or standing, heat, etc.) you may see a recurrence of veins. Venous disease is treatable, but not curable. With proper maintenance, this is a minimal problem.” MVI
6. What can I do to prevent varicose veins?
“While you cannot entirely prevent varicose veins, there are quite a few ways to improve your vein health. Physical activity, such as walking, swimming or cycling, is a wonderful way to pump blood up the leg against gravity to improve circulation. Compression hose also helps improve circulation by preventing blood from pooling in the leg veins.” MVI
For more information please call 480.860.6455 or visit morrisonvein.com.