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Are Varicose Veins Just a Cosmetic Issue?

Are Varicose Veins Just a Cosmetic Issue?As summer sails on by, you may have experienced a few moments of being self conscious about the varicose veins in your legs. You may remember members of your family complaining about the exact same thing this time of year, because varicose veins are a hereditary condition that is chronic and progressive. 

The good news is that you don’t have to live with varicose veins. Treatment these days is noninvasive and quick, allowing you to be back on your feet in no time! 

If you’re struggling with symptoms caused by varicose veins, your frustration probably goes beyond just the cosmetic issues, though. Varicose veins can cause your legs to feel tired, achey, and heavy, and you may even be experiencing swelling and itching. 

These are common symptoms of varicose veins. If someone in your family experienced pain for years from varicose veins, don’t worry — you don’t have to live that way. 

Visible signs of varicose veins can be treated

While there are many non-cosmetic reasons to get your varicose veins treated, we know that our patients often experience a lack of confidence because of what their legs look like. 

“I was referred to Dr. Douglass by a personal friend,” said former patient Kala Malone. “I am so glad I took her recommendation. I have always hated my legs due to varicose veins and after just completing all of my treatments I am no longer ashamed of my legs. I am 100% pleased and the staff there is amazing. They were always so patient with me and explained everything in detail each and every time. I appreciate them being so great and would definitely recommend Dr. Douglass and his staff to anyone.”

Fellow patient Lou Hunter had a very similar experience. 

“I had horrible spider veins on my thighs from a previous surgery that kept me from wearing shorts and skirts for years,” she said. “After a few quick and easy appointments, my legs saw the sun for the first time in a decade. Now I go in once a year for maintenance (of spider veins). I regret not having done this sooner. The staff is so kind and helpful too. It’s such a small and easy procedure that makes the biggest difference in how I look and feel. If you’re on the fence about sclerotherapy, don’t be! It’s 1000% worth it.”

These are just a few of many, many reviews our patients have left us over the years. Don’t feel ashamed of your varicose veins, and certainly don’t think that being self conscious about varicose veins is something you have to live with. Come see us. Schedule an appointment and let’s figure out a treatment plan, so that this time next year, you can say, “I wish I’d done it sooner!”

Varicose veins can affect your overall health and comfort

An estimated 35% of Americans have varicose veins. They’re caused by malfunctioning valves that are supposed to direct blood back up towards your heart, but instead, the blood pools in the legs and feet. So while most people associate these damaged veins with superficial complaints, like the dark blue, ropey, visible veins, they’re actually a whole lot more than a cosmetic problem. In fact, a number of symptoms can be caused by varicose veins that you may not expect. 

Restless Leg Syndrome

If you’ve ever experienced Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), then you know the incredible frustration of legs that won’t relax at night. While the cause of most cases of RLS is unclear, sometimes it can be attributed to varicose veins. In cases like this, it’s considered secondary RLS. (Other causes of secondary RLS can be attributed to iron deficiency, kidney failure, certain medications, pregnancy, and even stress and sleep deprivation.)

If you’re being treated for RLS and have varicose veins, make sure to mention that to your doctor. You can also come by East Tennessee Vein Clinic for a diagnostic ultrasound. 

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) can be caused by deep vein thrombosis. According to the Cleveland Clinic, symptoms include:

  • Swelling in the lower legs and ankles, especially after extended periods of standing
  • Aching or tiredness in the legs
  • New varicose veins
  • Leathery-looking skin on the legs
  • Flaking or itching skin on the legs or feet
  • Stasis ulcers (or venous stasis ulcers)

The ulcers are often a sign that the condition has progressed. 

Varicose veins are a chronic, progressive condition that only worsens over time. The best way to prevent complications like venous skin ulcers is to ensure they never happen.


Contact us at East Tennessee Vein Clinic to get help for your varicose veins. We treat varicose veins differently by eliminating the entire network of failed veins, not just large visibly bulging veins. You can contact us online, or call us at 865.686.0507 or toll-free at 866.281.VEIN.

“I felt as though I had visited family.”

- P. F., Maryville, TN