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How to Prevent Varicose Veins?

If you have throbbing, aching, or heaviness in your legs, you may have a common problem called varicose veins. These swollen, bulging veins develop due to blood pooling in the legs, and taking action to keep blood flowing in a healthy way can help prevent them from forming. 

What are Varicose Veins?

Veins in your legs must return blood to the heart against the force of gravity. To do this, they have one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backward and collecting in the legs. When these valves become damaged and cannot do their job anymore, blood pools inside the veins, causing them to stretch and bulge. This also causes the bluish or purplish hue that varicose veins often have. 


Factors that increase your risk of varicose veins include:

  • Increasing age
  • Hormonal factors
  • Genetics
  • Long periods of sitting or standing
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity

How to Prevent Varicose Veins?

Some factors increasing the risk of varicose veins are not within our control. For example, if you have relatives with varicose veins, you have a genetic predisposition to them. During pregnancy, changes to the body, including increased pressure on the pelvic veins, cannot be avoided. However, you can control several contributing factors. 

Physical Activity

When the muscles in the legs work harder, their contractions help power blood flow in the legs. In addition, exercise improves cardiovascular health, which improves overall blood flow and keeps blood moving through the veins. 

Staying in Motion

Sitting or standing in one place for a long time can strain the veins in the legs. Whether you spend long periods of time on your feet or sitting down, make sure you regularly move around and change position. This helps keep blood flowing and reduces pressure on the veins. 

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?

At New York Skin & Vein Centers, we treat varicose veins with minimally invasive, painless methods that require little to no downtime.

Endovenous Laser Treatments (EVLT)

This first-line treatment uses laser energy to close off problem veins. The laser energy will cut off blood flow from the vessels feeding your varicose veins. Blood will redirect through healthy veins, and the varicose veins will fade away. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

This method uses tiny incisions to directly access the problem vein and pull it out. This causes an immediate improvement in the appearance of the varicose veins. This method can speed the removal of veins treated with EVLT. 

Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

Often used for deeper veins, this method uses ultrasound to help Dr. Dohner guide a needle into the vein and inject an FDA-cleared sclerosing foam solution. This sclerosing agent causes damage and hardening of the vein walls, causing the vein to collapse.


*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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