An estimated 30-40% of the US adult population experiences some type of vein disorder. Our clinical services encompass all elements of vascular care, including varicose vein removal, diagnostic evaluations, minimally invasive procedures and outpatient services.

Varicose and spider veins can be purely a cosmetic annoyance or they can represent deeper venous (vein-related) issues. Typical spider veins are red to purple and can be treated with a safe and effective treatment known as sclerotherapy. At Universal Vein Care, Universal Dermatology’s sister company in Dublin, Ohio, patients can receive everything from simple sclerotherapy to ultrasound diagnosis to laser therapy for chronic venous insufficiency. We proudly serve the entire central Ohio/Columbus area.

If you have spider or varicose veins, or are experiencing more concerning symptoms such as leg pain, swelling, heaviness, or even restless legs, call on a Universal Vein Care expert to diagnose and treat your condition.

Venous Insufficiency

In a properly functioning vein, when the large muscles in the legs contract, the blood moves up toward the heart. Venous insufficiency occurs when the valves in leg veins weaken, and can no longer push the blood back to the heart. Valve failure can cause blood to leak back into the vein. These defective valves cause a build-up of pressure inside the vein, forcing the blood to leak out of the vessels and into the surrounding tissues. Symptoms of venous insufficiency may include:

  • Leg ulcers
  • Varicose veins
  • Heavy, tired or achy legs
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles
  • Skin discoloration or pigmentation
  • Leg pain following walking or standing

Causes of venous insufficiency include, but are not limited to:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Injury or trauma to the leg or foot

The symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency may resemble other conditions. Consult your physician for a diagnosis.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are caused when small, superficial blood vessels pop or dilate and rise to the surface of the skin.

Spider veins, also called telangiectasia, are small, twisted veins that appear most commonly on the face and legs. Typically red, purple or bluish in color, spider veins are primarily a cosmetic issue but can cause slight discomfort. Spider veins will not necessarily progress to varicose veins, but they also will not heal or disappear without treatment. Diagnosis and treatment are important as underlying vein disorders may be present.

A simple procedure conducted by the board-certified physicians at Universal Vein Care can cure your spider veins. Whether your motivation for treatment is symptomatic or cosmetic, we can help.

Symptoms of spider veins may include:

  • Aching
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Cramping
  • Restlessness
  • Tiredness and heaviness

Causes of spider veins include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormones
  • Weight gain
  • Prolonged standing or sitting

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins occur when veins fail to properly circulate blood up and back to the heart, causing veins to become enlarged and twisted.
Veins contain valves that push blood upward to return to the heart. Leg muscles pump the veins to return blood to the heart, against the force of gravity. When veins become varicose, the valves no longer close properly. This allows blood to flow backward, causing pooling and increased pressure within the vein. As more blood pools in the vein, they become enlarged and twisted in appearance.

Symptoms of varicose veins may include:

  • Aching and heaviness
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Ankle swelling, especially in evening
  • Redness, dryness, and itchiness of the skin
  • Leg pain worsened by prolonged sitting or standing
  • A brownish-blue discoloration near the affected veins

Causes of varicose veins include, but are not limited to:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Obesity
  • Hormones
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity