The answer to this question is unique to each individual primarily because people seek help for different reasons. Some people focus on the cosmetic, while others are looking for symptomatic relief. One reason that compels some people to delay treatment is that within modern society, vein issues are most commonly viewed in a cosmetic light. The majority of people are unable to list vein disease symptoms outside of “a spider vein” or a “ropey varicose vein.” The majority of people have grown up being told by their parents that spider veins and varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue. Yet, many often report that their parents would complain of leg pain or discomfort. They never realized that vein disease is, in fact, a venous circulatory defect and not a cosmetic issue at all. Circulation problems cause symptoms whether you are talking about the arterial circulation or the venous circulation issues. This is why people who present for vein evaluations due to discomfort, often do not realize they have a relatively advanced form of vein disease if they only see a few spider veins on their legs. Another reason some people defer treatment is that they fear the old-fashioned, painful stripping surgeries that their parents or grandparents endured. Technological advancements have made today’s treatments simple and relatively pain-free.
One of the biggest offenders perpetuating the “cosmetic” mindset are physicians themselves. Although most people believe what their doctors tell them, they may not realize that not all physicians have a clear understanding of vein disease and the problems caused by this medical condition. Some physicians will tell their patients that their bulging veins are not bad enough to treat, or that wearing compression stockings will get rid of their vein issues. Patients are told this despite informing their doctor that they are having leg pain, swelling, and fatigue. Symptomatic complaints that are commonly associated with vein disease and the venous circulatory dysfunction that develops with it.
Still, others are told that their spider veins are just a “cosmetic issue” despite reports of them being tender or warm to the touch.
So, when should a person contact a vein specialist? The answer is simple: If you notice that your attention is being focused on your veins or how your legs are feeling, that is when you should call STL Vein & Cosmetics to discuss your concerns with our team of vein experts.
Call for your free consultation today and get the peace of mind in knowing that you do not have to live in discomfort or worry about the way your leg veins look. We are here to guide you and to teach you about your vein health and what we can do to help.
If you would like to learn more, please call 314.842.1441 today to set up your free consultation with the vein care experts at STL Vein & Cosmetics.