Over 40 million people in the United States have bulging varicose veins on their legs. They’re harmless by themselves, but if you have other symptoms or find them unattractive, you should seek treatment from Farouk Marzouk, MD, at Frontier Medical Care LLC in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York. To diminish your enlarged varicose veins, call Frontier Medical or book an appointment online today.
Varicose Veins Q & A
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are visible, bulging vessels that are raised above the surface of your skin. They often appear twisted and engorged and are usually purple or blue in color. While you can get varicose veins anywhere, they most commonly appear on your legs because of gravity’s downward pull.
Varicose veins appear because the valves inside your veins responsible for pushing blood up toward your heart become damaged or weak over time. This means that they cannot adequately carry your blood upwards, so some of your blood falls back and pools within the vein. The pooling causes your vein to expand and reshape.
Are varicose veins dangerous?
Most of the time, varicose veins aren’t dangerous to your health by themselves. However, having a lot of them could indicate a deeper health issue that may require treatment, like deep vein thrombosis.
To be sure that your blood is flowing freely throughout your body, Dr. Marzouk uses noninvasive vascular testing with an ultrasound to get a comprehensive view of your blood flowing through your body.
Other symptoms you might get alongside varicose veins that could indicate a problem include:
Veins that feel warm or painful
Swelling in your legs
Widespread pain in your legs.
If you notice these symptoms, you should contact Dr. Marzouk for varicose vein care. You might also choose to seek treatment if you’re bothered by how your varicose veins look, or if they feel uncomfortable rubbing against your clothes.
What are my options for treating varicose veins?
At Frontier Medical Care, Dr. Marzouk provides several options for reducing varicose veins. After evaluating your veins and your medical history, he may recommend:
Varithena® Microfoam Vein Treatment
Varithena is an injectable foam that disables your varicose vein and causes it to collapse. This diminishes its appearance and alleviates any symptoms associated with it.
VNUS Closure uses a catheter to deliver radiofrequency energy to your varicose vein walls. This causes the vein to constrict and close. Dr. Marzouk may recommend wearing tape or compression socks for a while after the procedure to keep it closed.
VenaSeal™ Vein Treatment
During this procedure, Dr. Marzouk uses a syringe to deliver an adhesive substance to the inside of your varicose vein. The adhesive closes it, causing it to disappear and your blood to reroute.
If your varicose veins are itchy, painful, or simply unattractive, call Frontier Medical Care LLC or book a consultation for treatment online today.