Are visible veins a sign of fitness, or are they a sign of trouble for your body? You may notice your veins on the inner area of your arms, hands, and legs. When you work out, they may become more visible, particularly over the muscles that you have worked hard. In fact, your personal trainer or a bodybuilder may have told you that increased vascularity or visible veins mean that your body is healthy. However, that’s not always the case. This blog was written to help you understand when you should seek medical help for your visible veins.
When Are Visible Veins Healthy?
You may enjoy the look of your visible veins, believing they show that you are in shape; or you may be self-conscious about their appearance or worried that they are symptoms of an underlying disease. As you get in shape, your muscles become more defined and you lose some of your subcutaneous fat. Both of these changes may make your veins more visible. You may also notice your veins more if you have fair skin or as you age. In these cases, the visible veins are most likely healthy.
When Should I Worry About Visible Veins?
Visible veins are unhealthy if they are caused by venous reflux and pooling of blood. This reflux can lead to pain and other uncomfortable sensations, such as burning, itching, and restlessness. Not only can you experience discomfort, you may also feel embarrassed about the way your legs look. Do you hide your legs and avoid wearing shorts or your swimsuit to the beach or pool during the summer months?
Veins that cause pain are most likely larger bulging varicose veins. Spider veins do not generally cause health problems but may cause some itching and embarrassment. Similar to varicose veins, spider veins (<1-3 mm) are so named because of their spider-like appearance. Varicose veins (3 mm+) are larger, bumpy and twisted, and they can cause problems such as sores, ulcers, and even blood clots. Both spider veins and varicose veins can rupture and bleed.
What Should I Do About Unhealthy Visible Veins?
If you suspect varicose veins or spider veins, seek treatment to reduce their appearance and size. We offer a variety of venous disease treatments. We also offer procedures for other conditions like lymphedema and venous ulcers.
If you are concerned that your visible veins are showing signs of venous disease, contact us for a consultation today. Vein Specialists of the South, located in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia, offers premier venous care. Our team is led by Dr. Kenneth Harper, who is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Only trust your legs to a leader in the field of phlebology. When you come to Vein Specialists of the South, you’re entrusting your health to the very best team in Middle Georgia. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve Better Veins for Life®.