Varicose veins are diseased veins that are unable to return blood from the legs back to the heart and lungs. They appear as bluish knots or cords that commonly bulge beneath the skin surface of the legs and feet. This is a relatively common condition that, while not disabling can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as swollen ankles, itchy skin, tiredness, heaviness, leg pain and cramps. Varicose veins may lead to the formation of blood clots, ulcers, or inflammation of the vein walls. Occasionally trauma to the bulging varicose veins can also cause significant bleeding.
Spider veins are smaller red or blue veins that twist and turn, resembling a spider’s web. They are commonly visible through the skin surface of the legs and face.
Ultrasound imaging to look at blood flow within the veins. This is then used to diagnose blood clots and causes of swollen legs.
Radiofrequency ablation of the veins:
A medical procedure commonly used to treat varicose veins in an outpatient setting. The procedure consists of inserting a catheter into the vein and then using controlled heat to close the vein.
A medical procedure used to often treat spider veins and small varicose veins. This involves injecting a solution directly into the veins to shrink the veins. The visible appearance of these blood vessels/vascular malformations on the surface of the skin can be reduced with this procedure.
Note: In spite of the above mentioned treatments, routine use of compression stockings and regular follow up is highly recommended for long lasting results.
Disclaimer: Individual results may vary depending on varicose vein severity, disease progression, skin tone, and number of treatments. Please note that the photos on this website are for illustration purposes only and results may vary from patient to patient.