Clients often ask us, ‘Are bulging veins always a sign of varicose veins?’ And sometimes they are. Varicose veins can cause bulging, enlarged, or rope-like veins (although they sometimes have no visible signs). However, other conditions can lead to bulging veins as well. Read on to find out more.
Are bulging veins always varicose veins?
Many factors can contribute to your veins appearing to swell or bulge. Here are just a few.
Our skin naturally becomes thinner as we age, making blood vessels more prominent and visible, including veins.
Hormonal imbalances experienced during pregnancy or menopause can cause veins to swell. The increased pressure on vessel walls leads to the appearance of bulging veins.
Intense exercises, such as weightlifting, increase blood flow and muscle contractions, resulting in the visible bulging of veins on the skin’s surface. You may have noticed some on the legs of cyclists in the recent Tour de France!
Superficial Blood Clots:
The presence of blood clots near the surface, whether caused by a wound or the use of an intravenous (IV) line, can cause veins to pop out or bulge. This is usually temporary.
When to see a Varicose Vein Doctor:
Bulging veins can be normal, but if swelling fails to go down after rest or if it is accompanied by other symptoms, such as pain, heaviness, itchiness or throbbing, you should always seek medical advice.
If you are worried about your leg or vein health, seeing a varicose vein specialist is always best.
The enhanceskin specialist assessment:
We offer a free, no-obligation Varicose Vein Assessment at our Nelson clinic and the Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim. David also performs walk-in, walk-out treatments at both clinics.
- Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGS) uses specialised ultrasound equipment to guide sclerosant injections, which permanently close the vein. This procedure is virtually painless, requiring no anaesthesia and taking just an hour.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) uses targeted laser energy to seal the vein shut. After a local anaesthetic, we insert a needle, then feed a laser fibre through the needle into the vein. Once in position and after further local anaesthetic, the fibre with its laser light is slowly withdrawn, shrinking and sealing off the vein. This treatment takes approximately an hour and has a 99% success rate (even after five years*, and the studies are now out to 15 years).
As varicose vein specialists, we also have Affiliated Provider status with Southern Cross. NIB, Sovereign, FMG, UniMed, Accuro and OnePath all accept us for cover. Call us to book your appointment with Dr David Orsbourn in Nelson or Blenheim.