South Shore Vein and Aesthetic Medicine
Dual Board-Certified Vein and Aesthetic Specialist located in Rockville Centre, NY
If you’re suffering from unsightly and prominent varicose veins in your legs and they’re causing pain, heaviness, restlessness, or skin discoloration, dual board-certified vein specialist David Jacobs, MD, DABR, DABVLM, can help. At South Shore Vein and Aesthetic Medicine in Rockville Centre, New York, Dr. Jacobs uses a variety of safe and effective techniques to eliminate varicose veins, including endovenous laser therapy, microphlebectomy, and sclerotherapy. To find the best treatment for your varicose veins, call South Shore Vein and Aesthetic Medicine, or book an appointment online today.
Varicose Veins Q & A
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that often protrude from the skin. They can develop anywhere, but the thigh, calf, and ankle are the most common sites. In addition to the visible vein, you might also have symptoms such as:
- Skin discoloration
Around 35% of people across the United States, most commonly adult women, develop varicose veins. Sometimes they cause cosmetic or comfort issues, but they can also signal an underlying circulatory problem.
To diagnose your varicose veins, Dr. Jacobs performs a visual exam and an ultrasound scan to assess your vein function and identify any underlying conditions.
What causes varicose veins?
One of the principal causes of varicose veins is chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). This is a condition where some of the blood pumping back up your legs to your heart trickles backward and collects in pools.
CVI develops when the valves in your veins that are supposed to stop blood from going the wrong way get weak or damaged and can’t do their job properly. Risk factors such as genetics, pregnancy, obesity, spending a long time standing, and older age make you more likely to develop varicose veins.
How are varicose veins treated?
Dr. Jacobs is a board-certified phlebologist who provides the latest procedures to achieve excellent results to patients in South Nassau County. He offers a range of advanced, minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins, including:
Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT)
EVLT involves inserting a tiny laser fiber into the varicose vein that heats the vein wall and closes it permanently. EVLT is a two-hour procedure performed under a local anesthetic. Dr. Jacobs uses the latest technology, including a 360° radial 1470 nanometer laser, which reduces bruising and improves vein closure rates.
To perform sclerotherapy, Dr. Jacobs injects a solution into the varicose vein that causes it to collapse. A similar treatment is Varithena™, which uses a foam sclerosant to treat large, bulging veins that aren’t suitable for EVLT.
Microphlebectomy is a way of removing larger varicose veins via a tiny incision measuring about one-sixteenth of an inch. It causes very little pain or scarring, and Dr. Jacobs often performs microphlebectomy after EVLT to remove any leftover veins.
Dr. Jacobs uses cutting-edge technology like Veinlite®, which enables him to clearly see the veins underneath your skin and accurately map them to help determine the best location for venous injections. He also performs EVLT and Varithena injections using the latest tablet-based ultrasound.
To learn more about getting rid of your varicose veins and restoring healthy, youthful legs, call South Shore Vein and Aesthetic Medicine, or book an appointment online today.