It is estimated that 40% of women have Varicose Veins or Spider Veins. Men also develop them, but with less frequency. Although there are many reasons for the development of these unsightly veins and capillaries, the most common cause is heredity. Most of these veins can be easily and safely removed, as described below.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose Veins are enlarged, non-functional, veins that are more than two millimeters in width and may exceed two centimeters. They may appear blue or green but often no color is seen. In this latter circumstance, they appear as protruding, tortuous cords that course under the skin. Varicose Veins are apparent when standing but often seem to disappear when lying down or with leg elevation. That’s because the incompetent valves – that are characteristic of varicose veins – are unable to prevent blood from flowing backwards as illustrated in the diagram below. Sclerotherapy and Endovenous Ablation are the most effective non-surgical methods for removing Varicose Veins.
David Green, M.D.
Dr. David Green is a Board Certified Dermatologist in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Green specializes in Dermatology, Dermatologic Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, and the treatment of Varicose Veins and vascular disorders.
He is Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a Member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American College of Phlebology. He treats patients from Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and throughout the Mid Atlantic region.
Dr. David Green proudly offers services in his Bethesda, Maryland office.