Probably everyone knows a woman who is never seen wearing shorts or a dress, even in the hottest weather. She may appear to be uncomfortable if she's on her feet a lot. It's entirely possible that she has varicose veins and feels so embarrassed about her legs that they are covered whenever possible. Men do suffer from varicose veins, but 3 out of every 4 of those with this problem are women.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are those ugly, bulging bluish veins that are often seen on the legs (although these veins can appear on other parts of the body). People do not normally experience pain with spider vein treatment the milder forms, but as the condition increases in severity, there may be mild to moderate pain. In the most severe cases, the patient may develop blood clots, skin ulcers or another problem.

In the mildest form, these abnormal veins are knows as 'spider veins'. These are small red or blue threads seen just under the skin.

Larger, blue veins are known as 'reticular veins'.

Varicose veins are the most extreme type, the large, bulging veins that can become a problem.

Blood moves throughout the body in a 5-step process. 1). Veins carry blood from the tissues of the body to the heart. 2.)The heart is a pump that delivers blood to the lungs to receive oxygen. 3.) Arteries carry this oxygen-rich blood throughout the body to where it is needed. 4.) Capillaries carry this blood to the body's tissues. 5.) Blood returns to the heart through veins to pick up more oxygen and start the process all over again.

Varicose veins are formed when valves within the veins are damaged or weak. These valves are one-way and designed to keep blood flowing toward the heart. Damaged valves allow blood to begin to pool in the veins; the veins swell, becoming varicose veins. This condition is progressive as new varicose veins develop over time. The damaged veins are not functioning as they should and are no longer needed.

Treating Varicose Veins with Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS)

This treatment is a vast improvement over the vein stripping that was formerly done. At the sclerotherapy clinic, the surgeon injects a sclerosant (foam) solution into the varicose vein. This will cause the wall of the vein to collapse, dissolve and vanish when it is absorbed by the body. This treatment is very effective and safe.

The surgeon first uses ultrasound to create a 'map' of the veins, detailing exactly where the damaged veins are. Guided by ultrasound, the surgeon begins the foam sclerotherapy sclerotherapy for varicose veins process. The effects of each injection are monitored. The treatment usually takes less than one hour. One week later, another ultrasound is performed and the sclerotherapy treatment reviewed.

Vein Health Medical Clinic is a sclerotherapy clinic in Melbourne that is dedicated to the treatment of vein issues. Visit their website to learn more about the conditions and possible treatments. Contact them for an examination to see how they could help you.