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How to Spot Varicose Veins

Visible veins are a common problem that can occur for many reasons. If you see visible veins on your legs or elsewhere, they may be varicose veins. These stretched, damaged veins require treatment to eliminate their appearance and protect your health. While not all varicose veins indicate a health problem, they can be a sign of circulatory problems in your legs. 

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are damaged veins that usually appear on the legs. They occur due to problems with blood flow out of your legs. When your circulation carries blood upward through the legs, one-way valves in the veins prevent backflow. When these valves become damaged, blood pools in the veins, stretching and weakening them. While some varicose veins are visible on the surface, others may be deeper under the skin. 

How to Spot Varicose Veins

The best way to determine whether you have varicose veins is to schedule a visit with a vein specialist like Dr. Dohner. To spot varicose veins, examine your legs for signs such as:

  • Blue, red, or purple veins
  • Twisted or rope-like veins
  • Raised or bulging veins

Varicose veins can also cause symptoms. They may indicate that deep veins in your legs have become damaged and blood is no longer circulating properly. If you have these symptoms, you should see a vein specialist as soon as possible. 

  • Throbbing
  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Heaviness
  • Itching

You may notice that the appearance of the surrounding skin changes over time. Some people develop ulcers, especially around the ankles. These can be serious signs that require immediate attention. 

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 and his team will determine the best treatment methods for your varicose veins. He may use more than one treatment type to achieve the best results. 

Endovenous Laser Treatments (EVLT)

This first-line treatment uses a laser that emits a pulse of energy into the problem vein. The energy damages the vein walls, causing them to collapse and close off the vein. Your body redirects blood flow to healthier veins, resulting in relief of symptoms and fading of the treated vein. EVLT may be followed by other treatments, such as ambulatory phlebectomy. 

Varithena® and Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy treats varicose veins under the skin. A foam called Varithena® is injected into the problem vein, causing the vein to collapse. Ultrasound allows this treatment to be injected into veins not visible from the surface. Sclerotherapy can also be used on some spider veins. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Visible varicose veins can be very bothersome for some people. Ambulatory phlebectomy removes the appearance of veins immediately. Dr. Dohner inserts a special tool through a freckle-sized spot, hooks the vein, and removes it. This treatment causes the treated vein to disappear with no waiting. 


*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 treatment 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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