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When veins that return blood to the heart become overfilled and stretched, they can cause symptoms such as swelling and soreness. These varicose veins, while common, can cause significant discomfort, and many people benefit from treatment. 

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins occur when the valves that help your blood flowing back to the heart stop working correctly. This lets blood back up into your leg veins, causing their bulging, rope-like, dark-colored appearance. These veins no longer transport blood effectively. 

Along with making people feel self-conscious, varicose veins can also cause a variety of symptoms. These include swelling, aching, throbbing, restless legs, pain, tiredness, soreness, and muscle cramps. Insurance will cover treatment for symptomatic varicose veins. Treating varicose veins relieves both the aesthetic and symptomatic problems that they cause.

Spider veins and varicose veins often occur together, but spider veins can occur in places like the face. These affect tiny thread-like veins, turning them red, blue, or purple. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins rarely cause any symptoms, although people often remove them for cosmetic reasons. 

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Many factors put people at greater risk for varicose veins. Anything that causes blood to pool in the legs or other limbs may have an increased risk for this common condition. 

  • Hormonal changes (including menopause)
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Older than 50
  • Extensive time standing

Varicose veins occur as a result of poor blood flow from the legs or sometimes other body areas back toward the heart. This pooling blood leads to the sensations of heaviness, throbbing, discomfort, and irritation that people may suffer as a result of varicose veins. When this condition has been treated, the blood will no longer flow through these damaged veins and will reroute through other, healthier 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, we offer three different treatment methods for varicose veins:

Endovenous Laser Treatment

This method uses a fiber inserted into the vein to administer a pulse of laser light. This cauterizes and closes off the problem vein, resulting in the body reabsorbing it. This reestablishes the normal venous circulation in your leg. 


This is a foam medication that is injected into larger veins to cause the veins to collapse. Like Endovenous Laser treatment, this is for larger veins especially that occur under leg ulcers or when new veins develop after surgery. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

After numbing the area, your doctor uses small incisions to remove the vein altogether, giving immediate results. This treatment works best for surface vessels rather than deeper ones. 

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

This process uses ultrasound to locate deeper varicose veins so the treatment can target them effectively. A sclerosing (irritant) solution, injected into the vein, causes it to scar and collapse. This sends blood to normal veins to reestablish normal circulation 

Is There Any Downtime After Varicose Vein Treatment?

After these treatments, your doctor will encourage you to walk around and promote circulation. You may wear a compression stocking or bandage for a few days to help collapse the problem vein and keep blood flowing through healthy veins. You can return to normal activities after these treatments, but follow instructions given by your doctor.


*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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