You may consider your varicose veins more of a cosmetic concern than a medical issue. However, the bulging, enlarged veins may be a sign of chronic venous insufficiency. At LA Vascular Specialists, with offices in the Beverly Hills, Glendale, and Encino communities of Los Angeles, California, Ramtin Massoudi, MD, and the team specialize in diagnosing and treating arterial and venous disorders like varicose veins. To schedule a consultation, call the office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.
Varicose veins are the enlarged, bulging veins that pop up from under your skin, affecting tone and texture. Though you can develop varicose veins anywhere on your body, they normally form on the legs and feet.
Varicose veins are considered harmless and more of a cosmetic issue than a health problem. However, the board-certified physicians at LA Vascular Specialists consider whether varicose veins are a symptom of an underlying condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
CVI occurs when the valves inside your veins malfunction, allowing blood to pool in the vein, causing it to swell and enlarge.
Signs and symptoms you may experience with varicose veins include:
Spider veins, which are similar to varicose veins, are also a symptom of CVI.
Varicose veins may develop from any number of causes, including CVI. You may develop varicose veins because of:
Pregnancy may also increase your risk of valve damage and CVI. During pregnancy, your blood volume doubles, which increases pressure on the veins and valves, making them more susceptible to the damage that causes them to malfunction.
The team at LA Vascular Specialists offers many advanced treatment options for varicose veins. They customize treatment plans based on the severity of your varicose veins and the underlying cause.
Treatment options include:
When you visit LA Vascular Specialists for a varicose vein consultation, your provider conducts a venous ultrasound to diagnose CVI, which helps determine your treatment options.
LA Vascular Specialists specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of many arterial and venous disorders, including:
May-Thurner syndrome causes the left iliac vein in your pelvis to narrow as a result of pressure from the right iliac artery. Over time, this narrowing can trigger a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including leg pain, swelling, and cramps.
Pelvic congestion syndrome occurs when the veins in your pelvis become enlarged due to pregnancy or other hormonal changes. As the condition progresses, your veins fill up with blood and change shape, resulting in chronic pelvic pain.
Other venous disorders treated at LA Vascular Specialists include:
Common symptoms that may indicate you have an arterial or venous disorder include foot or leg pain, leg numbness or heaviness, or ankle discoloration.
LA Vascular Specialists also offers cosmetic treatments for various vascular conditions such as rosacea and facial and hand veins.
For comprehensive care for your varicose veins, call LA Vascular Specialists, or request an appointment using the online booking tool today.
*Please visit our Aluna Vein Centers site for more information regarding our Cosmetic services!