Progression of Vein Disease

March 2, 2017

Progression of Vein DiseaseVein disease is a common condition that could affect as many as half of all adults by the time they turn 60. The key to effective treatment is to address the condition as early as possible. The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin have listed the major stages of vein disease to help you understand if your condition requires the evaluation of a vein specialist.


Spider Veins

In the earliest stage of vein disease, you might notice networks of red or blue lines on the leg that resemble a spider’s web. Known as spider veins or telangiectasia, these patterns can be an indication your lower leg veins are being over-taxed. This means small valves inside the vessels may be wearing out, allowing blood to pool inside the vein so that it enlarges and becomes visible on the skin’s surface. In most cases these are simply a cosmetic nuisance, however, in some cases, spider veins can signify an underlying more significant venous problem. If this is left unattended, this may progress to visible varicose veins.


Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are larger visible vessels that can be red, blue or flesh-colored and often protrude above the surface of the skin. These swollen vessels are nearly always found on the lower leg, often behind the knee. Varicose veins are a sign that your vein disease is progressing, particularly when they are accompanied by heaviness and pain.



Many times, progression of vein disease can be characterized by swelling of the lower leg, ankle, and foot. Also known as edema, this symptom can cause tightness in the skin. The symptom may improve when the legs are elevated, but will typically return when the elevation stops. The swelling may be worse at the end of the day, when the legs are fatigued.


Skin Discoloration

If the vein disease is not addressed at this point, it may continue to progress with signs that may become permanent even if the veins are treated later on. One of those signs is discoloration of the skin around where the varicose veins have appeared. The skin may turn red or brown and may take on a leathery look and feel. Skin may also become thinner at this stage, which can make the leg more vulnerable to injury.


Skin Ulceration

At this final stage of vein disease, skin ulcerations begin to form. These large, gaping sores can be the result of a small nick or scratch that quickly progresses to a more serious wound due to the poor circulation and increased pressure caused by the damaged veins. These ulcerations can be difficult to treat, often taking many months to heal completely. They also have a very high recurrence rate, particularly if the underlying cause of the vein disease is not detected and properly treated.


Because of the potential of permanent damage to the leg, it is best to treat vein disease before it progresses too far. Physicians like Dr. Jimenez that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases can provide you with an early diagnosis and the best prognosis for eliminating the varicose veins and other symptoms permanently.


If you have noticed some of the early signs of vein disease, it is best to seek care sooner rather than later. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-310-8346 to find out how we can help you treat your vein disease and eliminate unsightly varicose veins.

Summer is Coming: Are Your Legs Ready?

March 2, 2016

Summer is Coming: Are Your Legs Ready?Florida temperatures are still fairly chilly, but that doesn’t mean warmer weather isn’t on its way. When the thermometer starts to rise, will your legs be ready for shorts season? If your answer is “no” because of unsightly varicose or spider veins, perhaps now is the time to check out the treatments available to help you greet summer with style and confidence. At Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we are ready to give you a hand with your summer preparations, with vein treatments to eliminate those swollen vessels and give you smoother, more appealing legs for the season.

A Common Problem

The American Society for Vascular Surgery estimates that 20-25 million adults in the U.S. suffer with varicose veins. Those numbers add up to around 33 percent of women and 17 percent of men. More people in the U.S. miss work for problems with varicose veins and other vein disorders than for arterial disease.

Varicose veins become more common as people age. As many as half of all Americans age 70 and over may have at least a few varicose veins. Although the condition may be quite common, that does not make it less embarrassing for those with protruding vessels that make them self-conscious about wearing shorts and bathing suits.

Causes of Spider Veins

Spider veins are usually smaller than varicose veins and close to the surface of the skin. However, these visible vessels often appear in networks that resemble a spider’s web. The network can become quite large, often creating as much of a cosmetic embarrassment as varicose veins. There are many reasons why spider veins might develop, including:

  • Heredity
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Some types of medication
  • Sun exposure or damage
  • Trauma to the skin

Causes of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are frequently caused by an underlying vein condition known as venous insufficiency, which occurs when tiny valves inside the veins wear out and affect blood flow through the vessels. Risk factors for this condition include:

  • Heredity
  • Significant weight gain
  • Older age
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Prolonged periods of sitting or standing

No matter what the cause of your spider or varicose veins might be, the treatment options are the same. These procedures remove the swollen, visible vessels from the body, creating a clearer, smoother look to the skin. If risk factors remain after treatment, there is a chance additional varicose veins can develop in the future. For this reason, it is important for patients to address those risks whenever possible to reduce the likelihood of additional veins developing.

Dealing with Symptoms

Spider veins are not typically accompanied by many symptoms. However, varicose veins can become symptomatic and quite uncomfortable at times. Common symptoms of varicose veins include aching, swelling and cramping of the lower legs. Some sufferers might also notice changes to the skin around the vein, due to changes in blood flow to the area. These skin changes can also cause significant embarrassment, particularly in the summer months when skin-baring clothing becomes the norm.

Treatment Options

The good news is that there are a number of treatments to eliminate varicose veins, including their unsightly appearance and their uncomfortable symptoms. At Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we offer a variety of minimally-invasive treatments that allow us to customize your procedure to your specific needs. All of our treatments involve little or no discomfort and patients are usually able to return to regular activities as soon as the procedure is over.

Don’t let spider or varicose veins get in the way of your summer fun. Contact Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346 to learn about your choices in vein treatment and find out which procedure is right for you.