Varicose And Spider Veins

Jeffrey S. Gosin, MD, FACS -  - Board Certified Vascular Surgeon

Shore Vascular & Vein Center

Jeffrey S. Gosin, MD, FACS

Board Certified Vascular Surgeon located in Somers Point, NJ

Your varicose and spider veins may not just be a cosmetic problem. While many people do not like the look of their veins, varicose and spider veins may also be a sign of an underlying vascular condition known as venous reflux disease. This can cause leg pain, swelling, itching, cramping, leg restlessness and other painful and unpleasant symptoms. In more serious cases it can lead to permanent skin damage, leg wounds and blood clots. At Shore Vascular & Vein Center in Somers Point, New Jersey, Dr. Jeffrey Gosin and his expert team recommend the most effective, safest and least invasive treatments to eliminate varicose and spider veins, based on each individual’s unique situation. To learn more, call Dr. Gosin to schedule your consultation or book online.

Varicose and Spider Veins Q & A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins occur when small blood vessels near the skin’s surface become enlarged and visible, taking on a characteristic thread-like appearance. Although they can appear anywhere on your body, they most often occur on your legs and face.

For most patients, spider veins are a cosmetic problem. However, they can cause itching or burning. They may also bleed, especially after your shave over spider veins on your legs. Spider veins may be an early sign of venous insufficiency.

What are varicose veins?

Like spider veins, varicose veins are close to the surface of your skin. However, they’re larger-sized vessels, and when they become engorged due to blood pooling, they appear as protruding, red-blue veins.

What causes varicose and spider veins?

The veins in your legs work against gravity to send blood back to your heart. One-way valves in the veins keep blood going in the right direction by opening to let blood flow up, then closing to prevent it from going down.

When a valve becomes weak or damaged, blood flows backward and pools in the vein. This condition is called venous insufficiency or venous reflux.

Your risk for varicose veins is higher if you have a family history of vein conditions. Your chances of developing them also increase with age, if you’re overweight, or if you stand or sit for long periods of time. Varicose veins also commonly occur during pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

You may not feel symptoms at first, but when varicose veins go untreated, the condition tends to progressively worsen. When varicose veins start to cause problems, you’ll experience:

  • Leg pain
  • Legs that feel heavy or tired
  • Restless legs
  • Leg swelling
  • Itchy skin

Varicose veins are known to cause potentially serious complications such as:

  • Blood clots
  • Open wounds or sores (often around your ankles)
  • Discoloration and permanent damage to your skin

It’s also possible for varicose veins to bleed, especially if you cut or bump your leg.

How are varicose and spider veins treated?

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center in Somers Point, New Jersey, Dr. Gosin and his expert care team provide the latest state-of-the-art treatment options to eliminate varicose and spider veins. Using the safest, most effective and least invasive options, treatment is customized to each person’s unique situation and goals.

If you’re tired of unsightly varicose or spider veins, Dr. Gosin offers multiple treatment options, allowing for the choice of your treatment that best fits your preferences and schedule. To learn more, call to schedule your consultation or book online.

Shore Vascular & Vein Center is proud to serve individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County, and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey.