Whether you’re wearing short shorts or spending more time around the pool this month, it might be time to visit a vascular surgeon to treat those pesky spider veins and varicose veins. We turned to Dr. Arun Chervu, and Dr. Emily Lagergren, both Board-Certified Vascular Surgeons, to explain when (and how) treatment is necessary.
Spider veins are the small, visible veins, which often have the appearance of being drawn on the skin with a fine pen. They do not bulge out beyond the skin, but can be unsightly and can also be associated with itching or discomfort, though they are considered cosmetic.
Varicose veins are the bulging veins, often seen on the thighs and legs. As they grow larger they can cause pain, itching, burning, fatigue, and become more unsightly. Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. They can often be a sign of an underlying vein condition known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). CVI is as prevalent as heart disease. It can cause blood pooling in the legs, especially in the calves and feet, leading to leg fatigue and more.
"During menopause, when women lose hormones, smaller veins can dilate and become more visible. With advanced age, the skin may become less elastic and thin, making it easier to spot the varicose veins from the surface. Some women who have never had varicose veins may start noticing them for the first time, and those who previously developed varicose veins may see them worsen," says Dr. Lagergren.
Yes, compression stockings are a Godsend. Along with exercise and weight loss, they are worn for the initial treatments of CVI. But, good news is here.
“There have been several advancements in the treatment of vein problems. Most of them can be done in office, with minimal discomfort, and very little recovery time,” says Dr. Chervu. “Most of the time, patients can return to work and regular activities the day after treatment or even the same day.”
Healthy and more attractive legs are more accessible to men and women than ever before. "All too often women get sidetracked taking care of others before they will even acknowledge their own health. Sure, it is commonplace, but it is not always right." Take some time for yourself and come meet Dr. Lagergren to discuss your vascular health.
Arun Chervu, MD, FACS, RVT, MBA, MHA, is a board-certified Vascular Surgeon. He has been practicing in Northwest Georgia for almost 27 years and has extended his practice to the Roswell/Alpharetta area. He is a partner at Vascular Surgical Associates, PC and Vein Specialists of Northwest Georgia.
Dr. Emily Lagergren is board-certified in Vascular and General Surgery. She started her training at Wake Forest University before completing at Emory University. Dr. Lagergren has been with Vascular Surgical Associates for the past 4 years.
The Alpharetta office is located at 5755 North Point Parkway, Suite 214. 770.423.0595.