How to get rid of those unsightly varicose veins NOW! Varicose veins are basically veins which have become swollen, with an above-average amount of blood, almost always visually appearing as twisted or “rope-like”, and usually causing pain around those areas. These types of veins are usually found on the legs, as this is the part of the body that tends to experience the most blood pressure due to the downward pull of gravity. The veins in human legs have structures known as “leaflet valves” which prevent blood that is flowing back up towards the heart even against gravity, and with help from the surrounding leg muscles, they keep the blood from flowing backwards, back down to the leg. However, as people get older, the chances that these leaflet valves cease to continue working properly rises. Once the valves stop working properly, the blood will begin to flow backwards and pool within the veins, enlarging them, causing varicose veins in Minneapolis. Although varicose veins are typically found on the backs of legs, especially the calves, due to the pull of gravity, they can technically form just about anywhere on the body. Varicose veins are not medical maladies that form overnight- they tend to slowly grow and become evident over the years. Even though varicose veins can occur in anyone and everyone, it seems as though genetics are highly correlated to the formation of varicose veins. Even though varicose veins are often painful enough that the patient needs to seek treatment, the most popular reason that people seek varicose vein treatment is because of their unsightly appearance. Although somewhat similar in appearance and nature, varicose veins should not be confused with reticular veins or with spider veins, which differ from one another in terms of size and the locations in which they most commonly appear. There are a few courses of treatment when it comes to varicose treatment: sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, elastic stockings, and various physical activities and exercises. Sclerotherapy is noninvasive procedure in which a sclerosing solution is injected directly into the offending vein, causing it to immediately shrink, and eventually, over the course of a few weeks, dissolve and be naturally absorbed by the human body. Ambulatory phlebectomy in Minneapolis is a treatment used mainly to treat superficial varicose veins. The surgeon will create 2-3mm incisions directly over the targeted veins and remove them through the incisions. Because of the relatively minimal invasive nature of this procedure, only localized anesthesia is used and is performed on an outpatient basis. After both types of treatment- sclerotherapy and ambulatory phlebectomy- compression garment and elastic stockings need to be worn for a couple of weeks after the procedures. This is to encourage an efficient and effective healing of the varicose vein site areas.