“It’s the body gripe over 60% of women complain about—varicose veins,” says Dr. Oz as he introduces special guest Dr. Luis Navarro, MD, FACS and founder of the Vein Treatment Center who says that he has a new, non-surgical way to remove varicose veins with cryo-sclerotherapy.
Varicose veins are a dreaded cosmetic blight for many women as well as for some men. The physiology of varicose veins and its smaller form of spider veins has to do with poor blood flow as deoxygenated blood makes its way from the lower extremities back to the heart.
For blood to travel back toward the heart, the venous pathway relies on the elasticity of the veins as well as the muscle contractions in the legs to act as pumps to work the blood up against the pull of gravity. Furthermore, tiny valves in the veins of legs act as one-way gates that prevent venous blood from flowing backward.
Unfortunately however, sometimes the venous blood does not circulate as well as it should up the legs and/or the valves become leaky allowing blood to flow backward and form into pools. These pools are evidenced by large, gnarly dark-blue veins that are known commonly as varicose veins.
While varicose veins are little more than unsightly blemishes for most, for others they can be achy to the point of being painful and a sign that an underlying medical condition may exist in need of medical care.