Varicose Veins Specialist

GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center

Board-Certified General Surgeons & Vein Specialists located in Brandon, FL

An estimated one out of every five men and women have varicose veins. If you live in the Brandon, Florida, area and are looking for a solution to unsightly enlarged veins, Dr. Hall and Dr. Butterick of GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center offer safe and effective treatment options. Don’t suffer with varicose veins any longer than necessary; call or schedule an appointment online today, and begin a treatment path that will leave you looking and feeling your best.

Varicose Veins Q & A

GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, bulging veins visible through the surface of your skin. They most often occur on your legs and feet due to the pressure of standing and walking.

Your veins work to carry blood back to your heart, where it can be recirculated. Veins are one-way roads and contain numerous tiny valves to prevent blood from flowing backward. A number of factors can cause those valves to malfunction, allowing blood to pool in the affected veins.

That pooling is what enlarges varicose veins, and the deoxygenated blood gives them their hallmark bluish color.

 

Aren’t varicose veins just a cosmetic concern?

Many people do seek treatment because they’re unhappy with the appearance of their varicose veins. Others, however, experience varicose vein complications that are painful or dangerous, including the following.

Ulcers

As blood pressure rises in varicose veins, it affects nearby tissues. That can cause ulcers to form, which can be extremely painful.

Bleeding

Because varicose veins are pressed against your skin, they are more vulnerable to bleeding, which increases your risk of infection.

Skin pigmentation

When your veins are not effectively moving blood back to your heart, your skin can suffer damage and begin to darken.

Venous eczema

If left untreated, varicose veins can cause eczema, a condition marked by itchy, red, flaky skin.

 

What are some symptoms of varicose veins?

Some people have no noticeable symptoms of varicose veins other than being able to see the swollen, bumpy blue or red veins through their skin. In other cases, symptoms include:

  • Sensation of leg heaviness
  • Itchy skin
  • Skin that feels tight
  • Calf muscle cramping
  • Leg pain

 

If you notice any of the following symptoms, it’s imperative to seek treatment right away:

  • Significant leg swelling
  • Open sores
  • Vein redness or warmth
  • Bleeding
  • Skin rash

 

If you’re troubled by varicose veins and would like to explore treatment options, schedule an appointment with GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center at your earliest convenience.