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How Dangerous are Varicose Veins?

How can you know whether your bulging, twisted veins should make you worry? While most varicose veins cause no serious problems, they could signal a deeper circulation problem. Fortunately, a vein specialist can diagnose and effectively treat these issues. 

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins usually look like bulging or twisted ropes under the skin. They can be bluish, purplish, or reddish and may feel raised or bumpy. Clusters of tiny, discolored veins that form on the legs, face, or elsewhere are called spider veins. Varicose veins develop when one-way valves that direct blood back to the heart begin to fail. Blood can pool in the veins, causing them to bulge and stretch. This problem may affect veins close to the surface, but it can also affect the deep veins responsible for maintaining healthy circulation in your legs.

How Dangerous are Varicose Veins? 

For some people, varicose veins cause few if any symptoms. They may make you self-conscious but may not require your concern. However, the presence of varicose veins can indicate a problem with the circulation in your legs, so you should have them examined. A vein specialist like Dr. Dohner can determine whether your varicose veins are a cosmetic or a medical issue. 

How Do I Know if My Varicose Veins Need Treatment?

If you have any symptoms associated with your varicose veins, you should schedule an appointment with a vein doctor to assess your venous circulation. When veins in the legs cannot transport blood back to your heart, it will pool in your legs. Symptoms of problem varicose veins include:

  • Throbbing
  • Aching
  • Heaviness
  • Tired sensation at end of the day
  • Cramps – day or nighttime
  • Swelling
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Rashes
  • Thickened or discolored skin of the legs
  • Ulcers or sores around the lower legs

Even if you have no symptoms, an assessment can put your mind at ease and determine how to treat your cosmetic varicose vein concerns. 

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

How are Varicose Veins Treated?

Dr. Dohner will determine the best treatment for your varicose veins. In some cases, more than one treatment type may work best. 

Endovenous Laser Treatments

This treatment treats the underlying problem that causes vein problems. A thin laser fiber is inserted into the problem vein. Then a pulse of energy is sent into the vein that seals it shut preventing the abnormal flow of blood. This automatically reroutes the blood to normal veins. This thus normalizes the venous circulation in your legs. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

This treatment works best for veins under the surface of the skin. Dr. Dohner uses tiny openings and a special tool to remove the vein. This method immediately gets rid of the discolored appearance, and other veins take over the job of the unhealthy one. 

Varithena® and Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

A sclerosing foam called Varithena® is injected into the problem vein. The foam irritates the vein walls and causes them to collapse, redirecting blood flow to healthy veins. This treatment uses ultrasound guidance to treat veins not visible on the surface.


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person varicose vein consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you.

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