What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are dilated, tortuous veins that are visible under the skin and most found in the legs. They are caused by abnormal pressures within the veins, which can be the result of a variety of factors, including heredity, obesity, pregnancy, and prolonged standing. These twisted, enlarged veins usually occur in the legs and ankles. They can cause pain, swelling, and cramping, and can make your skin look dry and thin. If you're self-conscious about your varicose veins, know that you're not alone. But you don't have to suffer from this condition. There are many effective treatments available.

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What can be done about varicose veins?

Varicose veins can affect our self-esteem and confidence. They can also be painful and can lead to more serious problems such as venous ulcers and blood clots. While there is no cure for varicose veins, there are treatments available that can improve the appearance of the veins and relieve symptoms. These include lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and avoiding prolonged standing; compression stockings; and minimally invasive procedures such as sclerotherapy and phlebectomy.

Why choose NYBG Veins to treat your varicose veins?

At NYBG Veins, we use state-of-the-art technology to treat vein conditions and diseases. Our equipment is the latest and most advanced on the market, and our procedures are minimally invasive with little to no downtime. We customize each treatment plan to meet the unique needs of our patients.

Dr. Ahn’s extensive experience and continuing education ensures that he is always up to date on the latest techniques. If you are one of the 50-90% of women and many men who will develop vein disease at some point in your life, we invite you to come to us for the best possible care.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and walls in the veins, which allow blood to flow backward and pool in the veins. This can cause the veins to become enlarged and twisted. Varicose veins are usually not painful but can cause achy or heavy legs, cramping, and swelling. If left untreated, they can also lead to skin ulcers and blood clots. 

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What are the treatments for varicose veins?

There are several treatment options available for varicose veins, including:

  • Lifestyle changes such as losing weight and exercising regularly, can help to improve blood circulation and reduce vein enlargement.
  • Medications can also be used to improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation.
  • Surgery is sometimes needed to remove varicose veins.
  • Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical solution into the veins to damage the walls and valves, which allows the veins to collapse and fade away over time.

Who is a good candidate for varicose vein treatment?

Anyone who has varicose veins that are causing symptoms or is concerned about the cosmetic appearance of their legs may be a good candidate for treatment. Vein specialists typically recommend treatment when:

  • Conservative management options like weight loss, exercise, and compression stockings haven’t had the desired effect
  • The varicose veins are large, protruding
  • The vein has become red, swollen, tender, or warm to the touch
  • The skin over the vein has changed in texture or color, or the vein has started bleeding

If you are experiencing symptoms like pain, aching, cramping, tired legs, heaviness, or sores, treatment can often help to provide relief.

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Varicose Veins FAQ

Can I prevent varicose veins in the first place?

What can increase my risk of varicose veins?

Can I prevent varicose veins in the first place?

There are several ways you can improve circulation and reduce the formation of varicose veins. Exercise can help to move blood around and reduce it from pooling and wearing support stockings can help to relieve some pressure from the veins. Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of reducing new varicose veins.

What can increase my risk of varicose veins?

Several factors can contribute to the development of varicose veins, including age, pregnancy, and obesity. While anyone can be affected by this condition, certain groups of people are more likely to develop varicose veins. For example, women are more likely than men to develop varicose veins during pregnancy. In addition, people who are overweight or have a family history of the condition are also at increased risk.

Welcome to NYBG Veins

If you struggle with uncomfortable, painful veins, we invite you to discover a vein treatment center that delivers the most advanced treatments for a range of venous conditions, in a clinic that offers the highest level of compassionate care.

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