Varicose veins form when the valves in a normal vein become weakened or damaged. When this happens, the valve stops working effectively, and blood backs up and collects in the vein. This pooled blood can also cause the veins to enlarge, which results in varicose veins.
Varicose veins are common; approximately half the number of people above the age of 50, experience them as a cosmetic problem. However, some people will also experience aching, cramps, pain, and ulcerations. If you are currently experiencing pain due to varicose veins, or would like to have treatment for cosmetic reasons, Hillsborough Private Clinic can help.