Varicose veins are a relatively common vascular condition that can occur in many places around the body, although they are especially common in the legs. Varicose veins occur when the valves inside the veins become damaged, which makes it harder for the blood to move to the heart. This causes blood to flow the wrong way and accumulate in the veins, especially in the legs.
Maybe you’ve had varicose vein treatment in the past. Most of the time, people do see good results, but varicose veins can come back.
Dealing with recurring varicose veins is highly frustrating, but luckily, there are things you can do about it. The professionals at Heart of Dixie Vein & Vascular have put together this guide to help you learn what causes returning varicose veins. You’ll also know what to do next if your varicose veins are once again a concern.
Why Do Varicose Veins Come Back?
There are a few main reasons why varicose veins could come back. Here are some of the most common ones:
New Veins can develop
Over time, our body can grow new veins, called neovascularization. If you are already prone to varicose veins, some of these new veins over time may become spider veins or varicose veins on your legs. It is common to need more treatment every 5 to 7 years, but cases vary.
You May Have a Chronic Problem
For some patients, there is a genetic component. You might be more predisposed to develop varicose veins. Even if the treatment worked, you could develop more varicose veins in the future. This does not usually mean your procedure was unsuccessful, but rather that other veins in your legs have now built up in pressure or developed valve failure. In these cases, you’ll need more aggressive and consistent therapies, and we will follow up at least annually.
You Haven’t Addressed Underlying Risk Factors
Lastly, you may have risk factors that are causing your varicose veins. You might have gotten effective treatment, but if you still have an underlying condition, the varicose veins could return. Some common underlying risk factors include pregnancy, lifestyle, and weight.
Why You Should Seek Varicose Vein Treatment
Regardless of the reason why varicose veins have returned, it’s vital to seek treatment to keep the condition from worsening and leading to dangerous problems like skin damage, or ulcers. An experienced doctor can help you determine the cause of your varicose veins and develop an effective treatment plan made just for you.
Schedule Your Varicose Vein Treatment with Your Southern Utah Providers
While it’s never fun to have your varicose veins come back, we want to make the treatment process as simple as possible. The Heart of Dixie Vein & Vascular professionals have many years of experience treating varicose veins using effective, minimally invasive treatment options.
We will work with you to figure out what’s causing your varicose veins and how to best treat them. We can also help you if you have chronic issues and will help manage and prevent worsening vein problems. Contact us today to book an appointment or to get more resources for managing varicose veins.