What Causes Varicose Veins and How Can I Prevent Them?

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If you’re embarrassed by the appearance of your legs because of bulging, twisted veins, there are nonsurgical solutions available to treat them.

Heripsime Ohanian, PhD, MD, understands how varicose veins can affect the self-confidence and circulatory health of her patients in and around Paramus, New Jersey. Dr. Ohanian offers treatment for unsightly, enlarged veins using the innovative CoolGlide® system by Cutera® that requires no downtime or incisions.

Why you have varicose veins

Varicose veins are the direct result of poor blood circulation. These enlarged veins are most common in your legs because your body has to work against gravity to get blood from your feet back up to your heart.

When the valves in your veins become weak, they aren’t able to prevent the backflow of blood in the vein. This allows blood to pool, enlarging the vein and forcing it to protrude from beneath the surface of your skin. Blood can also pool in the deeper veins of your body and increase your risk for potentially serious complications in your circulatory system.

As the damaged veins become larger, they can become very painful and interfere with your ability to walk. Many people are afraid to show off their legs as the large, twisted veins become more noticeable.

Laser solutions for treating varicose veins

Before the latest advancements in laser technologies were available, physicians could only treat varicose veins with painful injections of special chemicals. These chemicals were used to destroy the vein, causing it to shrink and ultimately collapse.

Now, Dr. Ohanian can treat bulging varicose veins right in the office with the CoolGlide laser technology that requires no invasive procedures.

How CoolGlide can improve the health of your legs

The CoolGlide technology focuses on treating damaged varicose veins using different wavelengths of laser energy.

Dr. Ohanian targets the damaged veins beneath the surface of your skin without making incisions or damaging the surrounding tissue. She controls the wavelengths of laser energy to coagulate the blood inside your vein, which ultimately destroys the vessel.

Over time, your body naturally absorbs the collapsed vein and your blood re-routes to nearby, healthier veins. Areas of your skin where the veins protrude begin smoothing out, giving your legs a more youthful, healthier appearance.

As the treated vein disappears, you’ll enjoy a significant reduction in the discomfort and pain the enlarged veins caused.

The many benefits of CoolGlide varicose vein laser treatment

The Cutera CoolGlide system is highly effective at treating both reticular veins and varicose veins that are deeper within your legs. The technology is safe for all skin types and Dr. Ohanian customizes your treatment plan to destroy damaged veins without affecting nearby blood vessels or soft tissues.

Dr. Ohanian can use the CoolGlide system to erase spider veins, the smaller veins that tend to appear in clusters on the surface of your skin.

Following your laser treatment for varicose or spider veins, you can expect to go back to your usual activities without the need for recovery. Dr. Ohanian can also work with you on ways to prevent varicose veins down the road, such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise to support heart health and the optimal function of your circulatory system.

If you’re ready to erase ugly, twisted varicose veins, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ohanian by calling us at Bergen Aesthetics.