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Varicose veins, and smaller spider veins, are simply blood vessels that have become twisted when the vein has become weak or blood flow has been reduced. Whether you would like to lessen their appearance or they have become uncomfortable, itchy and painful, there are minimally invasive treatment options. The type of treatment best for you is determined by the severity of the condition, and they can be done at your doctor’s office or an outpatient clinic.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

The most common symptom of varicose veins is the red, blue or purple bulging veins that appear just under the skin’s surface. They are usually found in the legs, feet and ankles. These veins are often itchy or painful. However, you may also feel as if your legs are heavy or develop skin ulcers due to the decreased circulation.

What Causes Them

Women are much more likely to experience varicose veins than men. This is because of hormones that cause the walls of the veins to stretch. Women who are taking a hormonal contraceptive, are pregnant or going through menopause are more at risk. Other causes of varicose veins include:

  • Age – the walls and valves of our veins are weaker as we get older
  • Lifestyle – decreased circulation caused by sitting or standing for long periods or wearing restrictive clothing
  • Smoking – those who smoke are at higher risk
  • Weight – being overweight puts additional pressure on the vein walls
  • Family history – varicose veins are genetic

Available Treatments

For mild varicose veins, keeping your legs elevated when possible and wearing compression socks or stockings can help. Sclerotherapy, in which a solution is injected into the vein to close it, is a common treatment for moderate to severe varicose veins. Other treatments include lasers, high litigation and ambulatory phlebectomy.

Call (212) 254-0149 or contact us online today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Karl Zhang. He can evaluate your varicose veins and create a personalized treatment plan. Appointments may be available as soon as today.