Varicose veins are abnormal, big blue bulging leg veins. They arise from leaky valves in the superficial venous system. Varicose veins can develop at any age and tend to get worse over time. They develop more commonly in women and may have some hormonal component. There are also genetic factors at work. Most people with varicose veins experience symptoms which may include: aching, a full heavy sensation, throbbing, tingling, itching, warmth, or swelling. If left untreated, varicose veins can cause brown staining called hemosiderin deposition, white patches called atrophie blanche, or flaking itchy skin called stasis dermatitis. If allowed to progress further patients may develop stasis ulcers or bleeding.
For decades, doctors have ignored varicose veins, but varicose veins are much more than a cosmetic issue. It is clear that they can cause significant symptoms and they are most definitely disfiguring. Modern treatments are effective at eliminating symptoms, restoring function, and improving body image.
Do not be embarrassed about showing your legs to your doctor. If you see your legs in any of our pictures feel free to call for an appointment. Varicose veins are common, curable, and treatments are covered by insurance and Medicare. If your legs look like any of the legs in our pictures please call us, we can help you.
Please be careful. Unfortunately there are unethical and unqualified physicians misusing endovenous ablation. For example, if you only have spider veins you do not need an ablation. Please consider the training and qualifications of your doctor before having surgery. If you have any questions, call Dr. Tapper for a second opinion.
See the Florida Attorney General's consumer protection statement about varicose vein surgery: click here.
I saw Dr. Tapper on September 9th, 2016. On that date he performed the Endovenous LASER Ablation procedure. The procedure went as smoothly as it could. Of course any medical procedure has drawbacks and a certain amount of discomfort is to be expected. Dr. Tapper and his team had me fully prepared for what to expect, so there were no surprises.
The recovery time was quick and I was back to work four days later. As for the results, I'm absolutely thrilled with the way my legs look and feel. I recently had an appointment to follow-up on the procedure and when I saw the "before" picture it almost brought tears to my eyes. For the first time in many years I'm not ashamed to wear shorts! I would recommend Dr. Tapper to anyone looking to do something about their varicose veins.
Varicose Veins FAQs
How do I know if I have varicose veins?
The easiest way to know if you have varicose veins is to look at pictures and see if your legs look the legs in the pictures. See the gallery here.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Pain, swelling, edema, throbbing, aching, tingling, itching, heat, inflammation, dermatitis, skin changes, ulceration, bleeding.
Are varicose veins dangerous?
Yes and no. The majority of patients with varicose veins never have a serious medical complication. However, some people with varicose veins get complications such as phlebitis, skin changes like dermatitis or lipodermatosclerosis, which if left untreated can progress to ulceration.