Skin Discoloration – A Sign of Vein Disease

Varicose veins occur when the veins in the legs are not effectively returning blood back up to the heart. Blood can begin to pool and the veins swell as the pressure inside increases. This often causes inflammation and redness, which can advance to a brown skin discoloration, known as hyperpigmentation.

This skin discoloration around the ankles is caused from red blood cells leaking from the veins and into the surrounding skin. The skin can become dry, itchy or leathery, and can progress into open sores or painful skin ulcers, creating a serious risk of bacterial infection.

When there are changes in the skin due to varicose veins, the earlier that treatment is sought with a varicose vein specialist, the better the prognosis. Once skin changes advance, they may become more difficult to treat.

Specialist vein doctors utilize modern laser technology for varicose vein and spider vein removal through two revolutionary non-surgical and highly-effective treatment options, endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy for varicose veins.

Endovenous laser ablation has a 98% success rate based on research. After a local anesthesia is administered, a varicose vein specialist introduces a small catheter into the vein with ultrasound guidance. This is followed by a small laser fiber, which delivers gentle laser energy, causing the vein to close. The procedure takes only about 10 minutes to do and requires no hospitalization or surgery center.

With sclerotherapy for spider veins, studies have shown this safe, effective treatment can eliminate as many as 50–80 percent of treated veins after just a few sessions. During this procedure, a varicose vein specialist uses a tiny needle to introduce an FDA-approved sclerosant into the vein, drops at a time. This gentle, yet effective medication causes the vein to collapse and close. Over time, the closed vein gets absorbed by the body and disappears. The sessions are typically completed in the office, within 20 minutes per leg.

Because no scalpels or sutures are utilized in either treatment, there are no long-lasting scars or keloids. There’s minimal discomfort, and most treatments are characterized as being virtually painless. With these modern therapies, most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment.

Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary. There’s no longer any reason to wait for treatment of unwanted varicose or spider veins.

If you are concerned about skin changes including discoloration due to varicose veins and would like more information about treating your varicose veins, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today

Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at

At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.

With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.

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