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Varicose Veins

Medical Dermatology & Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology in Fenton, Chesterfield and O'Fallon, MO

Varicose Veins services offered in Fenton, Chesterfield and O'Fallon, MO

Large bulging and colorful varicose veins may or may not cause discomfort, but treatments for them can clear your skin and resolve any leg heaviness or cramping. The team at Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center in Fenton, Chesterfield, and O’Fallon, Missouri, provides the latest treatments for varicose veins to remove them for good. Schedule your varicose vein treatment consultation over the phone or online today.

Varicose Veins Q&A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are the dark and bulging blood vessels that show up with age and are usually most concentrated on the legs, though you can get them in other areas, too. These veins may not cause any discomfort or affect your daily function, but they do affect the appearance of your legs. 

Varicose veins are simply veins near your skin’s surface that are overfilled with blood. They often become that way because of poor blood circulation. The legs are commonly affected because blood flows upward against gravity to return to your heart. 

Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center uses the latest treatments for varicose veins and other blood vessel issues. Cosmetic treatment can make a varicose vein eventually disappear by rerouting the blood that flows through it. 

What causes varicose veins?

If you have one or more varicose veins in your legs or elsewhere, you may be wondering how you got them and why you didn’t always have them. 

The veins in your legs carry blood upward to your heart. In order to do so, they contain a series of valves that open and close to push blood upward. Sometimes, these valves become faulty and struggle to keep blood from flowing back down or pooling in place. In areas with weak valves, blood tends to pool and expand the walls of the veins it’s in.

Certain conditions and circumstances increase your risk of getting varicose veins, including pregnancy, being over 50, standing for long periods of time, and weight challenges. 

How are varicose veins treated?

The team at Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center makes treatment recommendations for your varicose veins to cosmetically improve them, decrease any discomfort they cause, and prevent complications like ulcers and skin changes on your legs. Your options include:

 

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a treatment that uses a medicated injection to close off varicose veins. The medication, called a sclerosant, causes the walls of targeted veins to adhere to each other, forcing blood to avoid the area and reroute. 

 

Endovenous laser therapy

Endovenous laser therapy uses a fine laser fiber, which delivers energy inside the varicose vein. The team inserts the fiber into your skin after injecting local anesthesia.

 

Phlebectomy 

Phlebectomy treats varicose veins by removing the vein in its entirety through small incisions. You need stitches afterward. 

If you have varicose veins and would like to consider your options for treatment, schedule a consultation over the phone or online at Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center today.

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