They don’t do any real damage but they are just plain ugly. Varicose veins have been plaguing women for decades—they’re unattractive and a blatant indicator of getting older. There are options to help minimize the look of varicose veins, but there is a lot more you can do to prevent them from surfacing in the first place.
First, it’s important to understand what varicose veins actually are and how they come about. A vein is a vessel through which blood is pumped back towards the heart, unlike arteries, which pump blood away from the heart to the different parts of the body. Veins have special valves that help carry the flow of blood in the right direction when we are standing or sitting. Sometimes, these valves malfunction and don’t allow the blood to flow upwards, as it should. This glitch causes blood to pool, which then causes the vein to stretch. The result is a budging vein with a blue or purple tinge—this vein has now become “varicose.”
As a side effect of varicose veins on your lower limbs, you may also feel slight aching, extra bleeding when you get cut in the area, swollen ankles, and cramps. Keep in mind that although varicose veins are most commonly seen in the legs, they can also surface in other areas of the body, including the pelvic area.
So, what do varicose veins have to do with aging? Although they can be hereditary, varicose veins are more common as you get older because as you age, there is naturally going to be more erosion to your veins. That wear and tear that comes with age can eventually lead to the development of unsightly varicose veins.
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“What Are Varicose Veins? What Causes Varicose Veins?” Medical News Today web site; https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/240129.php, last accessed August 14, 2013.