Vein disorders are common cosmetic conditions that impact millions of individuals each year. Cosmetic physicians practice in the study of phlebology, the medical field that specializes in the diagnosis and treatments of patients with vein disorders. Most patients experience vein disease as blood pooling in the legs due to reflux or blockage of the veins due to blood clots. Most cosmetic physicians follow in the study of phlebology to understand the advances in the diagnoses and treatment of vein disease. Common vein problems that patients experience are deep vein thrombosis and chronic venous insufficiency. Here are the improvements that phlebology has provided:
Blood clots in the veins are often found to be a condition called deep vein thrombosis. This common condition impacts around 1 in every 1,000 individuals with approximately 2% of the general population expected to experience it. Patients with deep vein thrombosis have the possibility for the blood clots to migrate to the lungs and cause significant damage; more than 1 in 3 people will experience this pulmonary embolism. Patients who are obese, who smoke, are pregnant, or are immobile are at risk to develop deep vein thrombosis. Many of these patients will experience common symptoms such as swelling in the leg, pain and tenderness, red skin, or increased warmth. Recently developed technology now allows many patients to receive treatment at home instead of requiring hospitalization.
While deep vein thrombosis can see blood clots make their way to the lungs, chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, is the opposite. This condition is caused by inadequate blood flow back to the heart from the legs. The weak blood flow is determined by leaky vein valves and/or blood clots. Unfortunately, over 24 million Americans suffer from chronic venous insufficiency; it is more prevalent than coronary heart disease. Risk factors for CVI range from pregnancy to increased age and prolonged standing. Those with a family history of the disease are more prone to developing it. Common symptoms include leg pain, swelling, burning, itching, open wounds, and bleeding.
While vein stripping was the primary treatment option in the past, it is now rarely done. Recently developed treatments are now done in cosmetic offices instead of hospitals and have a quicker recovery time. In fact, these new treatments have up to a 95% success rate and have minimal downtime. Researchers recommend watching your weight and keeping your legs elevated when sore to help prevent the development of CVI.
Phlebology has not only improved the treatments available for deep vein thrombosis and chronic venous insufficiency, but the overall diagnosis and treatment of vein problems. Patients no longer require vein stripping or weekly blood tests as their primary treatment. Current research now allows potential patients to get treatment before greater complications can occur. Ask your cosmetic physician how improvements found in phlebology can help with your possible diagnosis of vein disease.