Varicose Veins

Encore Surgery

Mauricio Heilbron, M.D.

Surgeon located in Long Beach, Los Alamitos, CA

While varicose veins can be a sign of more serious vascular issues, for most people they are simply a cosmetic problem. When it’s time to do something about these unsightly blood vessels, Dr. Mauricio Heilbron of Encore Surgery and Aesthetics in Los Alamitos, California, is your first choice. Offering several treatment options, Dr. Heilbron can advise you about the right treatment for your case. Call or click today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Most commonly affecting blood vessels in your legs and feet, varicose veins are enlarged and gnarled when compared with regular veins. Any vein in your body could become varicose, but the pressures of standing and walking typically create issues in the legs first.

As you get older, veins lose elasticity, which may result in stretching and weak valves, causing backward flows of blood, away from instead of toward your heart. Blood pools in these veins, causing further stretching and enlargement, creating varicose veins.

In many cases, there’s no pain or discomfort associated with the changes to varicose veins, it’s simply a visual condition. However, when pain occurs, there are several sensations, of which you may feel one or more. These include:

  • General achiness or heavy feeling of your legs
  • Pain that increases after standing or sitting for an extended time
  • Burning or throbbing feelings
  • Cramping and swelling in your lower legs
  • Itching sensations around affected veins

How do I care for varicose veins?

If you’re not bothered by the appearance, and there’s no pain or other symptoms arising from your veins, you may not need to treat this condition at all. However, you can reduce discomfort and prevent varicose veins from getting worse with a few points of self-care.

Losing weight, exercising, and avoiding long spells of standing or sitting can reduce the load on your leg veins. Resting with your legs in a raised position also helps. Compression stockings may also help, and these are often the first line of treatment recommended by Dr. Heilbron. If your varicose veins are more severe, there are other medical options for treatment.

How are varicose veins treated medically?

Sclerotherapy involves injecting varicose veins with an irritant that closes the veins and starts the natural process of removal by the body. This is a simple procedure done in the Encore Surgery and Aesthetics office, and treated veins typically fade in a few weeks.

Cosmetic laser treatments may help, particularly with small, red spider veins, another type of varicose vein condition.Dr. Heilbron was one of the first physicians in Southern California to perform minimally invasive endovenus vein ablation. There are several surgical techniques for varicose vein removal, should your case require more advanced treatment.