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What are varicose veins?

 

Unwanted veins in the legs and thighs are often characterized as spider veins or varicose veins.  These veins are often unsightly and can cause medical problem if left untreated.  Varicose veins are usually the bulging bluish or purplish veins that arise from the skin on the legs and thighs.  The bulging veins often represent dilated or severely extended veins that not only cause discomfort, but press against the skin and cause a bulgy and twisted change along the skin surface.  These veins have often lost their ability to pump blood back to the heart and this impairment in normal circulation can often have a long term consequence.  Varicose veins can have direct cosmetic effect on the legs and thighs, but can also begin to have medical effect as they begin to impair the normal circulatory system in the arteries and veins.  Most patients will often notice a change in the cosmetic appearance of their leg over a long period of time, followed by progressive achiness, early fatigue, heaviness, cramping, itching, and burning along the areas of veins. 

 

Tenderness is an uncommon finding often associated with inflamed veins.  Once the varicose veins begin to dilate and progress, they often affect the surrounding veins and arteries, causing a progressive enlargement in the abnormal venous complex surrounding the areas of the leg.  Most varicose veins are asymptomatic however, with the patient noting symptoms in the late stage of venous disease.  The first in evaluating your varicose veins is determining whether they are in fact abnormal veins.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a board certified plastic surgeon and a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Phlebology (vein surgery).  He performs outpatient cosmetic surgery and outpatient vein treatments in his two Los Angeles offices that are dedicated to plastic surgery and vein surgery. 

 

Please call our Los Angeles vein surgery patient care coordinator who can schedule a consultation and answer basic questions about varicose vein treatment.  Dr. Karamanoukian has been featured on multiple occasions on nationally televised shows demonstrating his unique approach to nonsurgical and outpatient varicose vein treatment.  Our office can be reached at 310-998-5533.

 

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