What are varicose veins and are they treatable?

The providers at Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills in Short Hills, NJ encourage new and returning patients to consider their options when it comes to improving their skin. In addition to helping with cosmetic issues such as hyperpigmentation or fine lines and wrinkles on the face associated with aging, we also offer ways to address problems such as varicose veins. Both men and women in the area who have varicose veins understand how bothersome they can be and often want to speak to a professional about their options for treatment.

What are varicose veins?

Our team describes varicose veins as enlarged, twisted veins that usually occur on the legs. They are caused by valves in the veins that become weak and allow blood to flow backwards. This causes the veins to swell and can lead to pain, cramping, and heaviness in the legs. In severe cases, ulcers can develop on the skin around the varicose veins, or you may notice itching and pain after spending significant time on your feet.

Who can develop varicose veins?

Although varicose veins can occur at any age, they are more common in older adults. Women are also more likely to develop them during pregnancy.

How are varicose veins treated?

There are treatments that can help to improve the symptoms and address these bothersome veins. Some ideas include wearing compression stockings, increasing exercise, and elevating the legs when possible. However, if these fail to provide relief, you will want to learn more about treatments such as sclerotherapy. Traditional sclerotherapy uses a sclerosing ingredient that is injected directly into the varicose vein to close it up, allowing the body to redirect the blood to healthier, stronger veins. Alternatively, you might benefit from laser sclerotherapy which is less invasive and provides similar results. During an evaluation with our team at Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills, we can make a recommendation based on your unique situation and medical needs.

How do I learn more about varicose veins and treatment options?

Contact our Short Hills, NJ area team today by calling 973-232-6245 and visiting with our staff to discuss this and other treatment options available for the skin and body.

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