Varicose veins are enlarged and sometimes twisted veins near the surface of the skin. They are most common in the legs behind the knee and in the ankle area. They usually aren't serious, but they can sometimes lead to other problems. Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs. Normally, one-way valves in your veins keep blood flowing from your legs up toward your heart. When these valves do not work as they should, blood collects in your legs, and pressure builds up. The veins become weak and enlarge, and sometimes twisted. You may find yourself at risk if you fall into these categories; overweight, pregnancy, older age range and long periods of standing at work. It is also important to keep in mind that varicose veins often are hereditary. Varicose veins look dark blue, swollen, and twisted under the skin. Some people do not have any symptoms. If you do these would be some symptoms you may experience:

  • Heaviness, burning, aching, tiredness, or pain in your legs.
Symptoms may be worse after you stand or sit for long periods of time.
  • Swelling in your feet and ankles.
  • Leg swelling.
  • Skin changes, such as: •Color changes.
  • Dry, thinned skin.
  • Inflammation.
  • Scaling.
  • Open sores, or you may bleed after a minor injury.
Varicose veins are common and usually aren't a sign of a serious problem. Mostly they are a Cosmetic issue, however in some cases; varicose veins can be a sign of a blockage in the deeper veins called deep vein thrombosis. If you have this problem, you may need treatment for it. Your doctor will look at your legs and feet. Varicose veins are easy to see, especially when you stand up. Your doctor will check your legs for tender areas, swelling, skin color changes, sores, and other signs of skin breakdown. You might need further tests if you plan to have treatment or if you have signs of a deep vein problem. If any of these symptoms or items concern you please feel free to give us a call to book a free consultation and get some answers.

On the surface of the skin a laser is used to ablate visible veins either on the legs or the face.

Are you bothered by areas of bright red or purple patches on your face or body of various sizes? Do you try to keep it covered up by clothing or makeup? Have you been wishing that there was a way they could just disappear? We have an option for you. We offer a laser that is able to with minimal discomfort remove these unsightly red or purple patches. Contact us for a free consultation to ask the doctor all of your questions and to get started on resolving this easily solved problem.