How to Tell if your Vein Problems are more than Cosmetic? Vascular Surgeon Pitches In

Jun 2, 2019
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How to Tell if your Vein Problems are more than Cosmetic?

The first thing you might notice about your spider veins and varicose veins is that they look pretty bad.

Spider veins look like clusters of thin wispy spider webs on your skin whereas varicose veins look like a twisted mass of knotted ropes protruding from the surface of the skin. They may be bluish, reddish, or even purple in color and they usually appear in clusters on your legs. Over time, these veins also grow in prominence and become more visible, spreading to larger areas of your body.

In some cases, spider veins can be merely cosmetic. They still look terrible and may be a source of social anxiety and self-consciousness, but they’re not really dangerous in a medical sense.

However, in most cases, spider veins and varicose veins are just symptomatic of a far more dangerous underlying issue called chronic venous insufficiency. Very often, your vein problems aren’t just cosmetic but an indication of a medically serious disorder.

Chronic venous insufficiency is a disorder in which the valves in the veins malfunction. This renders them incapable of facilitating smooth blood flow to the heart, which leads to venous reflux as blood flows back down to accumulate in the leg veins. As more blood accumulates in the veins, it applies pressure on the vein walls and eventually expands them, thus leading to spider veins and varicose veins.

But how can you detect the presence of chronic venous insufficiency? How to tell if your vein problems are more than just cosmetic? That’s what we’ll discuss in this article.

Initial Warning Symptoms

Chronic venous insufficiency is a dangerous medical condition and it can lead to various terrible complications. However, it starts with relatively mild warning signs and symptoms. These include heaviness or aching in the legs, irritation and itching or veins, throbbing veins, frequent leg cramps, restless legs, swollen ankles and feet, and exhaustion.

These symptoms generally get worse over time and are at their worst at the end of the day or after long periods of sitting and standing still. Venous insufficiency is an incredibly under-diagnosed disease because these symptoms are often misattributed to the simple process of aging. If you experience several of these symptoms frequently, you should get tested for vein disease.

 

Formation of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, swollen, twisted, rope-like blood vessels that bulge out of the surface of the skin. While spider veins aren’t always indicative of vein disease, varicose veins are almost always symptomatic of vein disease.

Profuse Bleeding

Varicose veins are essentially distended and highly-sensitive blood vessels protruding from the surface of the skin. As such, even tiny bumps or scratches can burst varicose veins and lead to profuse and unstoppable bleeding. When that happens, you have to be taken to the emergency room.

Skin Infections

If your vein problems are merely cosmetic, they won’t be accompanied by surrounding skin infections and diseases. However, if your vein problem stems from an underlying condition, you will eventually suffer from eczema (red and scaly inflamed skin), scarring of the tissues underneath the skin, and leg ulcers (non-healing wounds).

Deep Vein Thrombosis

The clearest and most dangerous sign that your vein problems aren’t merely cosmetic is the formation of blood clots in your veins. When vein disease progresses to its final stage, the accumulated blood in your veins may clot. If these clots break away, they can travel to the lungs, thereby inducing a potentially fatal condition called pulmonary embolism.

Best Minimally Invasive Varicose Vein Treatment Options

Historically, surgery was the only viable option for vein disease treatment, despite the fact that it wasn’t very effective and had a high risk of complications like deep vein thrombosis and infections. In recent years, however, vein treatments have advanced greatly. You can now treat vein disease with minimally invasive and non-surgical procedures that cause minimal pain and discomfort.

The beat minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options are radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, venaseal, and sclerotherapy. Out of these, sclerotherapy is a largely cosmetic treatment used to get rid of surface spider veins. However, if your vein problems are more than cosmetic, you’ll need to treat the underlying vein disease, and that’s where radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, and venaseal come in.

During these varicose vein treatment procedures, the vein doctor will use heat energy, laser energy, or medical adhesives to either irritate or fuse the walls of the diseased saphenous vein. This will essentially shut the diseased vein down, allowing blood to flow to healthier veins, restoring smooth blood circulation. Over time, the diseased vein will harden and get reabsorbed into the body.

Consult the Best Vascular Surgeon

So now you understand how to tell if your vein problems are more than cosmetic. Signs and symptoms like heavy legs, swollen ankles, varicose veins, profuse bleeding, skin infections can lead you to the conclusion that you may be suffering from vein disease. Even if you’re not sure, please consult Vein Treatment Clinic NY or Vein Treatment Clinic NJ for a diagnosis. Our expert board-certified vein doctors will study your symptoms and run tests to diagnose the underlying root cause of your vein problems and treat them accordingly.

Meet our certified diplomate team

Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | TRIPLE CERTIFIED

Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | Double Certified
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DIPLOMAT-CERTIFIED
Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Faisal Siddiqi

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
Read more >>

Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
Read more >>

Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>
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