Many older patients in the Arlington area may be dealing with a condition that can be troublesome and result in both cosmetic and physical concerns known as varicose veins. Varicose veins are veins that become problematic within the legs and can cause a number of issues that may result in physical concerns. Dr. Kenneth Neal and his team often speak to patients about the symptoms of varicose veins to help them become familiar with the condition before discussing treatment options.
Varicose veins may present themselves in a variety of ways, but here are the most common symptoms:
- Dark purple or blue colored veins visible through the skin
- The appearance of bulging, twisted veins running down the leg
- Aching, heavy feeling in the legs
- Muscle cramping and swelling in the legs
- A burning and throbbing sensation around the visible veins
- Pain after long periods of sitting or standing
- Itching around the visible veins
Varicose veins are similar to what are known as spider veins, but are different. Varicose veins are larger and cause pain, while spider veins are often just a cosmetic issues.
Whether patients are dealing with varicose veins or spider veins, they can seek assistance with a dermatologist. Dr. Kenneth Neal is one in the Arlington community who has helped many patients who have struggled with vein issues find comfort and restore their confidence. At our practice, we offer two methods of treatment for varicose veins, including laser therapy and sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy has been used for years to assist patients in achieving more attractive skin and break down troublesome varicose veins. This requires the dermatologist to inject a special sclerosing solution that can help in breaking down the veins and causing them to fade into the body in a more natural manner, redirecting blood flow to healthier, stronger veins. This process has been used many years with great success.
However, much smaller veins, or veins on the face, may be more difficult to address in this manner. This is when laser therapy came about. Lasers can help break down the veins as well in a safe and effective manner without injections. It has been found that laser therapy can also be used on varicose and spider veins on the legs as well with desirable results.