1. Varicose Veins
Since varicose veins are one of the more visible signs of vein damage, they are a common prompt for patients to visit our Long Island vein clinic. They’re not only larger than other veins, but they also protrude beneath the skin, such that patients can see and often feel them too. They range in size and severity, but are typically greater than 3 millimeters in diameter. You’ll notice their blue-ish purple or red tone, and the way that they twist and turn, like tree roots or ropes, rather than running in a straight line. Varicose veins can be asymptomatic, but they can also cause serious symptoms, particularly in patients with vein disease. Our Long Island vein doctors have several minimally invasive treatments that resolve both varicose veins and any vascular malfunction that’s generating them.
2. Spider Veins
Spider veins and varicose veins both imply that there is an issue somewhere in your circulation. It’s likely chronic venous insufficiency, which involves excess blood pressure from valve failure within a vein. Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins (usually 0.5 to 1.0 millimeters in diameter) and they don’t bulge out in such a palpable way. They’re also red, blue, or purple, but they tend to form in clusters of several tiny veins, rather than one large vein, like varicosities. Excess pressure within a vein causes these little blood vessels to form as blood seeps out of an engorged feeder vein. Our medical clinic offers many quick vein treatments for spider veins, and also investigates the issue causing pressure within your veins.
3. Reticular Veins
You don’t hear about reticular veins quite as often, but they’re essentially a smaller version of varicose veins. They have a similar shape and coloration to varicose veins, but they are usually closer to 2 millimeters, and they don’t bulge at the skin’s surface like varicose veins do. They often feed into spider veins, so they’re sometimes called “feeder” veins. Our LI vein treatment clinic looks for these faulty connections and treats them as well, so that spider veins don’t keep coming back after they’re treated.
4. Chronic Venous Insufficiency & Vein Diseases
Many patients are surprised to learn that they have a condition called chronic venous insufficiency and that it’s the reason behind their unhealthy veins. A board certified vein specialist knows to check for this problem, since it will only worsen if left untreated. It’s quite underdiagnosed, so schedule a consultation to see if your veins stem from this disease. It’s important to choose an accredited vein clinic, helmed by vein doctors, in order to treat this condition. Our medical group uses state of the art diagnostic tools to assess your venous health.
5. Vein Injuries
While pressure within your vein’s walls can cause spider veins and varicose veins, external pressure can damage your veins as well. If you sustain an injury, or experience sun damage, or external pressure on a vein (ie: uterine pressure on the vein during pregnancy), you also might need varicose and spider vein treatment. Our vein doctors have minimally invasive treatments to repair veins that are damaged by various things, including injuries, congenital vein malformations, and phlebitis (inflammation).
6. Blood Clots & DVT
One of the most important reasons to schedule a consultation at a vein clinic on Long Island is to check for serious blockages like a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A blood clot is a clump of blood that has solidified in your vein. DVTs are clots that form in deeper veins, usually in your legs. Sometimes they have no symptoms, while other times, they cause pain or swelling. Leg veins carry blood to the heart, which pumps it to the lungs. A DVT is dangerous, or even fatal, if it breaks loose and travels through your veins to your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. A medical clinic is the best place to seek vein treatment, for many reasons, but blood clots are at the top of that list. Our vein specialists will check for blood clots before advising which treatment to try and determine whether a vascular surgeon should remove the vein or use less invasive techniques.
7. Poor Circulation
Varicose and spider vein treatment isn’t complete without an analysis of your circulation. Sometimes a spider vein is an isolated issue that can be resolved with a surface-level injection. But often, a vein deeper in your leg is struggling with weakened walls or valves that allow blood to pool or flow backward, which causes those troubled veins. Our vein specialists use duplex ultrasound scans and diagnostic venous anatomy assessments to look for areas of impaired circulation. Our varicose and spider vein treatments aren’t merely superficial. We also target those deeper veins that are hindering your circulation.
8. Bothersome Symptoms
Many patients aren’t aware that their veins can cause unpleasant symptoms. If your legs feel heavy, achy, and crampy, or restless when you try to sleep, these are all signs of venous insufficiency. Likewise, if your lower extremities swell throughout the day or your legs feel increasingly tired as the day goes on, your vein health might be to blame. Since our medical group identifies the cause of impaired surface veins, before administering vein treatment, we’re able to treat the source of the problem, and not just the visible damage. We love hearing how our patients’ uncomfortable symptoms relent once we treat their veins.
9. Skin Problems
Certain skin problems are common with vein disease, but they might be mistaken for something else. For example, stasis dermatitis is a type of red, itchy, skin irritation that is caused by vein issues, but many patients don’t make the connection. Hyperpigmentation or discoloration is also a sign of vein disease, so if you see your feet, ankles, or calves turning a blue-ish or rust-colored tone, schedule a consultation at our South Shore, North Shore, or Hamptons vein clinic on Long Island. In more severe cases, patients might develop venous ulcerations that resist treatment. Some also notice hardened skin areas where fat deposits form beneath their skin (lipodermatosclerosis) as a result of venous insufficiency. Don’t hesitate to visit our vein doctors if you notice any of these symptoms, since they might signify advanced vein issues. We have gentle, quick, vein treatments to restore healthy veins and beautiful skin.