How Serious Are Veins On the Surface of the Skin?
Spider veins, varicose veins, and other visible veins can certainly be a cosmetic nuisance, but they are not typically cause for concern. When left untreated or when accompanied by additional symptoms, however, certain types of visible veins may be indicative of a more serious or potentially serious vascular problem. If you have cosmetic or medical concerns about your visible veins, board-certified general surgeon and vascular expert Dr. Matthew Lynch, owner of Lynch Vein & Aesthetics in Peoria, AZ can help. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the potential causes of visible veins and discuss when and why your visible veins may warrant evaluation from a vascular specialist.
Why can I see my veins beneath my skin?
Veins can become visible for a variety of reasons, most of which are harmless. Genetics, naturally thin skin, pregnancy, and other factors may contribute to the development of visible spider veins or varicose veins that don’t typically pose a threat to the patient’s health. For patients with certain underlying conditions, however – like obesity, diabetes, and others – varicose veins or visible veins may be a sign of a more serious and even potentially life-threatening issue, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
When do I need to see a doctor for varicose veins?
In the majority of cases, having varicose veins without other symptoms is probably nothing to worry about. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms related to your varicose veins, it is important to contact your provider or schedule an appointment with Dr. Lynch for further evaluation:
- Severe swelling in the legs, ankles, or another area near varicose veins
- Severe pain
- Open sores or ulcers
- Darkened or discolored skin
- Spasms in the legs or near the veins
Following a thorough evaluation, imaging studies (if needed), and exam, Dr. Lynch will determine if any additional diagnostic interventions and/or treatment may be warranted to address or prevent a more serious condition. If your veins are determined not to be a health hazard, Dr. Lynch will still be happy to discuss any cosmetic concerns you have and how those can be addressed.
How can I get rid of ugly varicose veins?
Even when spider veins or varicose veins are not considered dangerous, they can still make a person feel self-conscious about their appearance. At Lynch Vein & Aesthetics, Dr. Lynch understands the frustrating nature of visible veins and is proud to offer a full range of nonsurgical, surgical, and minimally invasive treatment options to target visible spider and varicose veins and give you back the smoother, clearer skin you desire. Some of the most popular and effective vein therapies available today include:
- Endovenous laser therapy
- Ultrasound-guided therapy
- Laser vein treatment
During your consultation for vein treatments in Peoria, AZ, Dr. Lynch will explain all of your options in great detail and recommend a customized treatment plan that will best fit your needs and help you look and feel more confident about your skin once again.
Concerned about your varicose veins? Contact our vascular experts in Peoria, AZ
When in doubt about a vascular issue, the best course of action is to be evaluated by a highly skilled and experienced physician. To schedule your one-on-one consultation with top Peoria, AZ vein treatment provider and board-certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew Lynch, call Lynch Vein & Aesthetics today.