Varicose Veins Specialist

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group -  - Vein Specialist

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group

Vein Specialist located in Beverly Grove & Santa Monica, Los Angeles, & Glendale, CA

If you struggle with painful or unsightly veins, they could be varicose veins. At Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group serving Beverly Hills and the Greater Los Angeles area from office locations in Beverly Grove, Santa Monica, and Glendale, California, experienced vein specialists offer their Los Angeles patients a variety of treatments to eliminate unwanted veins and any discomfort they may cause. To learn more and schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or book online today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

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What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins often appear as bluish, twisted veins (often in your legs) that might feel uncomfortable or look unsightly. When left untreated, varicose veins can cause serious problems. 

The Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group team can eliminate varicose veins or smaller spider veins to improve the appearance of your skin, reduce pain, and lower your risk of complications.

What do varicose veins look and feel like?

Varicose veins can appear as veins that are:

  • Twisted
  • Cord-like
  • Bulging
  • Blue
  • Purple 
  • Painful
  • Achy
  • Heavy
  • Burning
  • Itchy
  • Cramping
  • Throbbing
  • Swollen 
  • Discolored

Discomfort linked with varicose veins may worsen after standing or sitting for long periods. More minor spider veins usually appear closer to your skin’s surface and might be blue or red in color. 

Possible complications with untreated varicose veins include bleeding, blood clots, and painful ulcers (open sores).

What are the risk factors for varicose veins?

Anyone can develop varicose veins, but some factors increase your risk of getting them. Examples include:

  • Older age
  • Pregnancy 
  • Being a woman
  • Obesity
  • Standing for long periods
  • Sitting for a long time
  • Family history of varicose veins

Getting regular exercise, not sitting or standing for a long time, eating healthy foods, and maintaining a healthy weight are ways you can reduce your risk of varicose veins.

How are varicose veins diagnosed?

Your Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group specialist usually diagnoses varicose veins after examining the affected veins. They check your vital signs, review your symptoms and medical history, and may recommend you complete an ultrasound to get an in-depth picture of your vein health.

What are common varicose vein treatments?

Common varicose vein treatments available at Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group include:

Lifestyle habits

Lifestyle habits that may reduce varicose veins include not wearing tight clothing, getting regular exercise, losing weight (if you’re overweight), and avoiding prolonged standing or sitting. 

Wearing compression stockings can also help. Varicose veins that develop during pregnancy might disappear without treatment several months after delivery.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy uses injections to scar and close unwanted varicose veins, making them fade away over time.

Laser treatment

Lasers use bursts of light energy to close off spider or varicose veins and make them disappear.

Catheter-assisted procedures

Catheter-assisted vein procedures use laser or radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy varicose veins, causing them to collapse.

Microstab Phlebectomy

Microstab Phlebectomy is another method your vein specialist can use to tie off or remove varicose veins after making tiny incisions or skin punctures.

To get the best treatment for your varicose veins, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.