Between 10% and 20% of adults get varicose veins, the twisted, bulging blood vessels that appear because of their proximity to your skin’s surface. At Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC in Morgantown, West Virginia, vein specialist Carol White, MD, and the team provide treatments to minimize your varicose veins and any associated symptoms. To explore treatments for your varicose veins, call or use the online booking tool to request an appointment today.
Varicose veins are blood vessels that bulge above your skin’s surface and usually appear on your lower legs. They’re typically blue, red, or purple and appear to have a twisted shape.
In many cases, varicose veins don’t cause symptoms beyond their appearance. However, you might also experience:
You might consider treatment for your varicose veins because of the way they look or because of the pain or irritation they cause. In either case, Dr. White can help you find a way to minimize your varicose veins and the symptoms that come with them.
The veins in your legs must work hard to defy gravity and pump blood upward after it brings oxygen to your legs and feet. To do this, they each contain a set of valves that open and close to prevent blood from flowing downward. Over time, these valves can weaken and malfunction.
When the valves in your leg veins don’t work properly, the blood pools in them. As it pools, your veins bulge and expand. In some cases, they become varicose veins.
Your risk of getting varicose veins may be higher than average because of:
Additionally, women are at a higher risk of getting varicose veins than men. Dr. White can help you explore the factors leading to your varicose veins and recommend treatments to prevent them from worsening.
Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC specializes in care for varicose veins. While varicose vein treatment isn’t always a necessity, treating your varicose veins might improve your body image or minimize your chances of developing complications like venous ulcers.
After evaluating your veins and discussing your medical history, Dr. White might recommend one of these treatments for your varicose veins:
VenaSeal is a medical adhesive that Dr. White places in the varicose vein using a specially designed catheter. The adhesive seals the vein walls together, which diminishes your varicose veins to improve your circulation. This procedure also eliminates venous insufficiency, as your body naturally restores healthy circulation by sending blood through other veins.
ClosureFast radiofrequency ablation uses gentle heat to seal the vein walls together. The vein simply turns into scar tissue, which your body absorbs over time, diminishing your varicose veins to improve your circulation. Like VenaSeal, this procedure also treats venous insufficiency.
Exercise, compression stockings, and elevation is the primary and most conservative approach for treating varicose veins. Dr. White encourages you to exercise, wear compression stockings, and elevate your legs while at rest. While this approach won’t reduce the size of your veins or prevent all complications, it causes some symptom relief.
Sclerotherapy is a vein closure procedure that uses an injectable chemical solution. The chemical causes the vein to constrict and is most effective on smaller varicose veins.
During ambulatory phlebectomy, Dr. White makes a series of small incisions in your varicose vein. Then, she uses forceps or hooks to remove the vein from your leg. You’ll be under anesthesia to keep you comfortable.
To schedule a consultation for varicose vein treatment, call Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC or request an appointment online today.