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Varicose veins afflict between 25 and 40 million Americans – two-thirds of them women – with uncomfortable and unsightly veins.  When valves fail to function properly, blood leaks through causing a backwards flow in your legs. The blood overfills and distends the superficial veins under the skin, resulting in symptomatic varicose veins – a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency. Left untreated, chronic venous insufficiency can cause more advanced disease including leg ulcers, which can be very difficult to treat.