Varicose Veins

Skinstyle Dermatology, Inc.

Dermatologists & Cosmetic Dermatology located in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Nearly 1 in every 4 adults in the United States is affected by unsightly varicose veins. Shanthi Colaço, MD, FAAD, of Skinstyle Dermatology in the Rancho Park area of Los Angeles, practices the philosophy that everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin, and sometimes that means getting rid of varicose veins. Dr. Colaço uses an FDA-approved, state-of-the-art vein treatment protocol that’s the most effective and safest way to treat varicose veins. If you want to diminish the appearance of varicose veins or spider veins, call the office for a consultation to learn more about this state-of-the-art treatment.

Varicose Veins Q & A

Skinstyle Dermatology, Inc.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins that often appear as visible blue or dark purple veins on your legs. They occur when the valves in the veins no longer function properly and allow blood to pool in a section of the vein. Varicose veins are common in your legs since those veins are the furthest from your heart and your blood has to work against gravity to circulate upward.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

For most men and women, varicose veins don’t cause pain, but your leg may appear swollen or bruised where the veins are bulging and lumpy under your skin. You may experience:

  • An aching feeling in your legs
  • Swollen ankles
  • Leg cramps
  • Venous eczema (dry, itchy skin over the affected vein)

Before treating varicose veins, Dr. Colaço takes a whole-person approach to determine if you are a candidate for treatments such as sclerotherapy.

What can I do to treat varicose veins?

In many cases, varicose veins don’t require treatment, but if their appearance on your legs makes you feel self-conscious, sclerotherapy is a popular, in-office solution to getting rid of varicose veins. Sclerotherapy is a process in which Dr. Colaço injects a solution into the vein causing it to seal itself off. Sclerotherapy is the “gold standard” of varicose vein and spider vein treatments.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins (less than 1mm diameter) and small varicose veins (aka reticular veins, which are 1-3mm diameter). Varicose Veins that are bulging, swollen and/or symptomatic (pain, throbbing, etc) are not treated with sclerotherapy.

How safe is sclerotherapy?

At Skinstyle Dermatology, Dr. Colaço uses Asclera® (polidocanol) to treat varicose and spider veins in your legs. Asclera is the newest FDA-approved treatment for varicose veins. Research indicates that it’s the safest and most effective product available today.

What can I expect during my varicose vein treatment?

In a fairly quick, 30-minute procedure, Dr. Colaço injects the Asclera solution into the affected varicose veins. The procedure itself is comfortable, as the Asclera contains anesthetic properties. The solution irritates the walls of your veins so, over time, the vein shuts down and gets absorbed into your system. Blood that normally flows through the closed-off vein simply gets rerouted to a healthier vein.

After each of 3-6 treatments spaced 2-3 months apart for optimal results, you wear medical-grade compression stockings for about a week. The compression stockings support your legs as the veins heal, and they minimize side effects such as itching, bruising, or swelling.

If you’re bothered by varicose veins, schedule an appointment with Dr. Colaço to learn about treatments. You can call the office or use the convenient online booking agent.