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Why are my veins bulging above my skin?

  1. Introduction – general symptoms/signs
  2. Difference between healthy & diseased vein
  3. Video animation
  4. Varicose Veins Description
  5. Treatment options

Do you have any veins bulging above the skin?

Ever wonder if this is just a cosmetic problem or something that should be looked at?

Let’s start by explaining why this may be happening and the underlying causes.

When the vein begins to bulge above the skin, this is typically a sign of varicose veins, or venous insufficiency which is a malfunction of the valves that regulate the return of flow of blood from the legs to the heart. This malfunction causes blood to back up and pool in the surface veins, which often lie very close to the surface of the skin (see the animation below). This pressure then causes the bulging above the skin.

Healthy valves in a vein vs unhealthy valves and vein reflux

As you can see in a healthy vein, the valves close completely to prevent the back flow from happening. While varicose veins can often be just a cosmetic issue and be synonymous with spider veins, if left untreated, it can lead to serious medical issues including phlebitis (vein inflammation), thrombosis, blood clots and even skin ulcers.

There are a number of treatment options available, but the key is to identify it as early as possible.  Click here to schedule your consultation with Virginia Vein Care.

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