Varicose Vein Treatment
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What are varicose veins?

What are varicose veins?Varicose veins are commonly enlarged, distorted superficial veins that are a result of a weakened vein wall or damaged valves and have consequently lost the capacity to efficiently return blood to the heart. Varicose veins are found at the surface of the skin and have a raised, lumpy, dark-bluish appearance. Often confused with spider veins, varicose veins are different in appearance from spider veins, but their causes may be similar.

In order to understand how varicose veins occur, and can be treated, it is helpful to know about the three types of veins.

Varicose veins can occur in these three vein types:

Deep veins

Deep veins lie deep inside the body and limbs between the muscle tissues. After the blood’s oxygen supply has been used, the blood is pumped back to the heart through deep veins.
 

Superficial veins

Superficial veins are at or near the surface of the skin; they transport blood from the skin and nearby tissues back to the deep veins.

Perforator veins

Perforator veins connect the superficial and deep veins.