Varicose Veins

Comprehensive Vascular Care

Vascular Surgery & Vein and Wound Specialists located in Southfield, MI & Novi, MI

Varicose veins are common and create a roadmap of swollen and gnarled veins that appear under your skin. Though considered harmless, varicose veins may be signs of circulation problems in your legs. The board-certified vascular, vein, and wound care specialists at Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, use advanced tools and techniques to diagnose and treat varicose veins. To schedule a consultation, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are the raised, gnarled superficial veins that appear under your skin. Though you can develop varicose veins anywhere on your body, they most often affect the legs.

Weak or damaged vein walls or valves cause varicose veins. Veins push blood back to your heart and lungs. The valves that line your veins open and close to help move blood forward and prevent blood from falling backward.

If the walls or valves of your veins are weak, the blood may move in the wrong direction and pool, creating the enlarged, visible vein. 

Your varicose veins may be a sign of venous insufficiency.

 

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Varicose veins don’t always cause physical symptoms, but they affect the look and texture of your skin. These veins are usually purple or blue and create a roadmap of visible lines on your skin.

However, varicose veins may also cause physical symptoms, such as:

  • Leg pain
  • Burning, throbbing, or muscle cramping
  • Itchiness at the site of the enlarged vein
  • Skin discoloration

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but smaller in size and create web-like red, blue, or purple discolorations on your skin.

 

When should I seek medical help for my varicose veins?

Varicose veins are often viewed as a cosmetic concern. However, they may also be early signs of a circulation problem. You should seek medical help for your varicose veins as soon as they appear.

The specialists at Comprehensive Vascular Care take a personalized approach to care and use advanced tools and techniques to evaluate your varicose veins and circulation, so you get the best treatment.

During the evaluation, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical history, and conducts a physical.

To assess circulation and confirm or rule out a vascular condition, your provider may recommend vascular diagnostic testing such as a vascular ultrasound.

 

How are varicose veins treated?

Treatment for your varicose veins depends on the severity of your condition, your medical history, and the effects your enlarged veins have on your circulation. 

Initially, your provider may recommend lifestyle changes to improve blood flow, such as:

  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Limiting the amount of time you spend sitting or standing
  • Keeping your feet elevated when sitting
  • Adding exercise to your routine

The experts at Comprehensive Vascular Care also offer treatments to get rid of your varicose veins, including laser ablation, phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy. 

As a group that dedicates itself to providing thorough care, the experts at Comprehensive Vascular Care schedule regular follow-up appointments to continuously monitor your vascular health.

To schedule your varicose vein consultation, call Comprehensive Vascular Care, or book an appointment online today.