Aging makes many people stop wearing their favorite shorts, skirts, and even swimsuits due to the formation of unsightly leg veins. If unwanted leg veins are affecting your self-esteem and confidence to wear clothes that reveal your legs or are causing you leg pain we have a treatment that can be customized just for you!
Unwanted leg veins include those large, protruding veins that often appear on the legs. Called varicose veins, they are often harmless, though they can be uncomfortable, even painful. Living with leg veins can negatively affect your self-esteem and limit your desire to wear clothing that exposes your legs.
Varicose veins the size of your finger while mostly benign and unsightly can also cause a number of medical problems such as thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis and skin ulceration. But, there are a variety of vein removal methods that we use depending on the type of vein we are treating. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our very own Dr. Mitchel Goldman, founder and medical director of our practice, is considered a world authority on vein treatments.
Dr. Goldman has published 6 textbooks (one in its 5th edition) and lectured around the world on his advanced vein removal techniques in addition to having written hundreds of peer-review medical papers. With his expertise in vein treatments, as well as the expertise of the other doctors trained by him in our practice, you can be certain that your expectations for removal will be met.
What Causes Unwanted or Problem Leg Veins?
Varicose veins, as well as other unwanted leg veins like spider veins, are considered cosmetically undesirable because they can be unattractive and cause an unhealthy-looking appearance. It’s widely thought that problem leg veins like varicose veins and spider veins develop solely due to aging. While this can be a cause, genetics and sun exposure are also key factors.
Spider veins and varicose veins are different types of vein conditions, yet they share similarities. One is that they are more common in women. Other similarities include why or how they develop, including:
- Hormonal changes
- Trauma or injury
- Chronic sun exposure
- Previous surgery
Occupations that require continuous standing, such as retail, teaching or nursing, are also common contributing factors.
Varicose veins are often swollen and appear raised on the surface of the skin while twisting painfully just below the surface. They swell due to a reversal of blood flow that increases the pressure inside the vessel.
These veins can cause cosmetic dissatisfaction and make you feel self-conscious about exposing your legs. They can even complicate your health since the unhealthy veins are taking blood from surrounding healthy veins and delaying blood return to the heart.
On the other hand, spider veins are smaller and typically appear as red, blue, or purplish veins snaking crookedly but visibly just below the skin. Although smaller, they are also considered undesirable.
The removal of spider veins or varicose veins will actually improve your circulation and prevent new veins for appearing as you age – besides resulting in clear, smooth skin.
Because of the experience and expertise of Dr. Goldman and the rest of our world-class board-certified dermatologists, our practice offers a variety of cutting-edge, safe, and highly effective vein treatment options to eliminate unwanted veins. In fact, our doctors combine over 100 years of dermatologic experience at our San Diego office. Since the practice was founded, we have treated more than 150,000 patients for a vast array of skin conditions.
When you visit our La Jolla office, our experts will address your concerns and learn your aesthetic goals before creating the right leg vein treatment plan for you. For more information, visit ncbi.nlm.nih.gov or schedule a consultation today at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology.