Varicose Veins Specialist
At his Murrieta office, Dr. Allen Chan has helped many Temecula Valley, California, residents who suffer from varicose veins. Many of the patients he has treated have recommended him to others in the area with varicose veins.
Varicose Veins Q&A and Treatments
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible beneath the surface of the skin. The blood in them usually makes the veins look blue or purple. They may snake around or look like an entangled mess. They’re most common in the legs, but any vein can become a varicose vein.
Varicose veins may only be a cosmetic concern, or they may cause pain and discomfort. In some cases, they can cause other health problems or indicate an increased risk for circulatory issues.
How Are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Different?
Spider veins are enlarged capillaries that become visible beneath the skin’s surface. Compared to varicose veins, spider veins are typically smaller and shorter. While varicose veins can be both unsightly and medically disconcerting, spider veins are only a cosmetic issue.
What Are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?
The primary symptoms of varicose veins are veins that are blue or purple, twisted, and bulging. These symptoms may be accompanied by others, including the following:
- increased pain in the legs after standing or sitting for an extended period of time
- achiness in the legs
- itching around enlarged veins
- hardening of enlarged veins (which may indicate other health issues)
What Kind of Doctor Should Patients See for Varicose Veins?
Because varicose veins can be a sign of more serious health conditions, anyone who has varicose veins should see a doctor. Specifically, patients should see a vascular vein specialist who is board-certified in vascular surgery.
Such a doctor is able to:
- accurately diagnose varicose veins
- determine whether varicose veins are only cosmetic or pose medical concerns
- provide both cosmetic and medical treatment options, including surgery if necessary
Many cases of varicose veins don’t require surgery. By going to a surgeon rather than a doctor who is not a surgeon, patients can compare surgical treatment options alongside possible non-surgical treatments.