Twisted, swollen leg veins can make your legs ache and feel fatigued, as well as make you self-conscious in shorts and swimsuits. At Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center, vascular specialist Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad offers treatment for these unsightly veins to people who live in Trenton, New Jersey, and the surrounding area. To learn more about how you can ease the appearance and sensation of varicose veins, call the office or book online today.
Veins show up as varicose veins when their walls lose elasticity and valves become faulty. Typically, the one-way veins in your legs work against gravity to pump the blood back to your heart. Tiny valves open and close in your veins to pump the blood up to the heart and stop it from flowing backward. When these valves don’t operate as they should, the blood starts to pool up, creating the puffy, gnarled look of varicose veins.
Varicose veins usually develop over time and often run in families. Other factors that put you at risk of developing varicose veins include:
History of blood clots
As you age, your veins lose their strength and elasticity, and the valves become weak. Maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle helps discourage the development of varicose veins. A low-salt, high-fiber diet and avoiding tight pantyhose and high heels also help deter the development of varicose veins.
If you’re bothered by the appearance of varicose veins, Dr. Ahmad can help. Varicose veins that cause your legs to ache and feel fatigued, or limit activity, should also be treated. When support stockings and lifestyle changes don’t offer relief, consider more invasive treatment to relieve your varicose veins and resume a high quality of life.
If Dr. Ahmad determines you’d benefit from varicose vein treatment, he may recommend some therapies, depending on the extent of your veins.
He can treat small varicose veins with sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a solution into the vein, so they close and fade. Foam sclerotherapy may apply for large veins.
Laser therapy closes off smaller varicose veins noninvasively by sending light to the vein and closing it off. In cases of large or medium-sized veins, Dr. Ahmad may recommend microphlebectomy. This procedure involves making a small incision in the leg to remove the vein. The incisions are tiny, no sutures are necessary, and blood loss is minimal.
When varicose veins are disabled, your body redirects blood to other veins in your body, so you have no interruption in blood flow.
If you want relief from painful or ugly varicose veins, call Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center or make an appointment by clicking the online booking tool.