New Skin Medical
James C. Sherman, MD
Laser Specialist & Aesthetic Specialist located in Martinez, GA

At New Skin Medical in Augusta, Georgia, Dr. James C. Sherman has vast experience with all vein treatments. He can diagnose and treat the underlying causes of all types of varicose veins, whether they are large and bulging or they’re small spider veins. These procedures are minimally invasive and make your legs look and feel better. Book an appointment online or by calling the office to learn more.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, rope-like veins that are bluish in color and bulge from your skin. They are most commonly seen on the calves and thighs.

Spider veins are smaller and closer to the skin. They are typically red or blue in color and can look like spider webs or tree branches. About 50-55% of the population suffers from some form of vein problem.

What are the symptoms of vein disease?

Some varicose veins can be completely asymptomatic and Dr. Sherman may only treat their appearance. If you do experience symptoms of vein disease, they may include:

  • Aching pain

  • Itching

  • Burning

  • Leg swelling

  • Easily tired legs

  • Numbness in the legs

  • Leg heaviness

  • Darkening of the skin

  • Rash on the legs

  • Cramps or restlessness

What are the risk factors for varicose veins?

As you get older, your risk of developing varicose veins increases. Women are also at higher risk for varicose veins due to hormonal changes during menopause and pregnancy.

Other risk factors for varicose veins include your family history and being overweight. If you stand or sit for extended periods of time at your job, you’re also more likely to develop varicose veins at a young age, due to poor circulation.

Complications from varicose veins are rare, but untreated veins can sometimes result in ulcers or blood clots that cause additional health problems.

What treatment methods are used for varicose veins?

If Dr. Sherman diagnoses you with symptomatic vein disease through examination and ultrasound findings, treatment options are minimally invasive and insurance usually covers them. Insurances usually don’t cover asymptomatic varicose veins.

Dr. Sherman uses several methods, including ClosureFast™ and VenaSeal™ procedures, laser ablation therapy, and injection therapy, known as sclerotherapy, that includes Varithena®.

What can I expect after a laser vein treatment?

The procedure usually lasts about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area, and you will notice an immediate improvement in your legs and feet.

You may notice temporary side effects like:

  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Swelling

These symptoms should resolve on their own several hours after treatment. You can expect to return to your regular activities following the procedure.

To learn more about varicose vein treatments, schedule a consultation at New Skin Medical by phone or with the online booking feature.

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