Don't Let Varicose Veins Force Your Legs Into Hiding This Summer

Dr. Michael Gioscia is a board-certified surgeon and vein expert who leads the team here at the Vein Institute of Westchester in White Plains, New York. Our patients value his extensive medical skill as well as his commitment to solving issues like varicose veins with highly effective therapies that leave your legs looking and feeling their summertime best.

Here’s what Dr. Gioscia says about enlarged leg veins, the treatments available, and what makes this season the perfect time to schedule your appointment.

Types of enlarged veins

Enlarged leg veins are very common and typically categorized into three types:

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are large, bulging veins that can grow up to three-quarters of an inch in diameter. Often resembling twisted ropes, these veins can form anywhere from your thighs to your ankles and may appear on one or both legs.

Reticular veins

Generally smaller than varicose veins, reticular veins usually occur on the backs of legs at the thigh or knee area and are often visible as blue veins that don’t protrude above the skin. These veins are sometimes called “feeder veins” because they branch into (feed) the smaller surface veins known as telangiectasias.

Spider veins

Spider veins (telangiectasias) occur on the skin’s surface and resemble spider webs or tiny thread-size veins that may be blue, red, or purple. These problematic veins are also common on the face.

How do you treat enlarged leg veins?

There are numerous effective treatments available for varicose veins. During your initial consultation, Dr. Gioscia takes the time to fully evaluate your leg veins and devise the most effective plan.

This isn't a one-fix-for-all practice. Dr. Gioscia is an expert who has extensive experience in all possible solutions, which may include therapies such as:

Click the links above to read more detailed information about these various therapies on our website. Each is minimally invasive and meets Dr. Gioscia’s rigorous standards for effectiveness, safety, and patient comfort.

Why is winter or early spring the best time to treat enlarged leg veins?

The advanced vein treatments Dr. Gioscia offers here at the Vein Institute of Westchester are minimally invasive. Each provides stellar results by effectively sealing off problematic veins without surgery (vein stripping), unsightly incisions, or lengthy postprocedural activity restrictions. In other words, there’s virtually no downtime.

Once the targeted vein or veins are sealed, your body takes over by breaking down and disposing of the now useless vein tissue. 

The treatments, though very successful, often take several weeks to months for the sealed veins to fade completely. Also note that spider veins are most effectively treated after larger reticular and varicose veins are addressed.

Thus, scheduling vein treatment during the winter or early spring provides the best cosmetic results for donning shorts, bathing suits, and other leg-baring summertime fashions. By allowing the appropriate lead time for the healing and fading phase, you can be confident that your legs will look and feel the way you expect. 

Now is the time to get your legs ready for summer. Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Gioscia today by calling our office or requesting an appointment online.

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