Varicose Vein FAQ

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, weakened, dilated veins that no longer carry blood from the legs back up to the heart effectively. As a result, blood and pressure in the legs (venous hypertension) build up from gravity.

Varicose veins commonly cause symptoms in the legs including tiredness or fatigue, heaviness, aching, throbbing, itching, burning, or swelling. These symptoms are usually worse at the end of the day but improve with rest or by elevating your legs. Effective treatment of these diseased veins usually eliminates the symptoms.

If left untreated, varicose veins always worsen and may lead to major complications, such as:

  • Bleeding from varicose veins
  • Blood clots
  • Skin inflammation
  • Venous ulcerations

To prevent long-term complications, don’t ignore varicose veins and symptoms of venous hypertension.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Several factors contribute to varicose veins. One of the biggest factors is a family history of vein problems. Patients can have a genetic tendency for veins to weaken and wear out over time. Other contributing factors include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Hormones
  • Previous blood clots

In most cases, you can’t do anything to prevent varicose veins, but if you receive effective treatment early enough, patients can prevent complications such as blood clots and ulcers or relieve their symptoms.

How Do You Treat Varicose Veins?

Technological advances and physician expertise have revolutionized venous disease treatment. Most new treatments are non-invasive or minimally invasive and Dr. Reynolds performs them in the office under local anesthesia. Patients immediately recover with no downtime. Dr. Reynolds often uses an ultrasound when diagnosing your condition so he can customize a treatment just for you. The Vein Clinic offers the following treatments for varicose veins.

Spider Vein FAQ

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are abnormally dilated blood vessels in the skin. They usually appear on the legs but can also occur on the face, chest, arms, and back.

Spider veins can cause symptoms of itching, burning, heaviness, and fatigue.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins may be caused by larger diseased veins underneath the skin. Dr. Reynolds may use ultrasound to search for any hidden diseased veins. If larger diseased veins are found, they need to be treated first or spider vein treatment will be ineffective. Contrary to what many people believe, crossing one’s legs does not cause spider veins.

How Do You Treat Spider Veins?

Sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins. A member of our Sclerotherapy team will inject sclerosant into the abnormal veins causing them to shrink and disappear. Blood is rerouted to nearby healthy veins.

After treatment, spider veins may become inflamed, and more prominent than they were before. This resolves with time as the body absorbs the veins.

Varicose veins FAQ Columbia SC

Insurance FAQs

Our staff at The Vein Clinic works with you to make sure you get the treatment you need at a price that works for your budget. We work with insurance companies, offer other payments options, and offer free screening dates.

Will Insurance Cover My Treatment?

Patients that are seeking treatment for symptomatic varicose veins can seek coverage from their insurance carrier. After your consultation, our patient services coordinator will discuss your specific insurance plan and any requirements before treatment. We will work with your insurance carrier in order to approve your treatment.

Can I Pay for Treatment Without Insurance?

Patients that do not go through insurance for treatment or are electing for a cosmetic procedure have several payment options. The Vein Clinic accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Additionally, we accept CareCredit payment plans.

Schedule a Consultation

We want to make sure you have the answers you need about varicose and spider veins. For additional information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reynolds of The Vein Clinic, please feel free to contact us at (803) 253-8667.

Take the first step towards better looking, better feeling legs today at The Vein Clinic by scheduling an initial consultation. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (803) 253-8667.

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