Now Is The Best Time To Seek Treatment For Skin Discoloration From Varicose Veins
While it’s common to experience swelling, pain, and aching from varicose veins, there are other adverse side effects that many people find frustrating. Skin discoloration, or hyperpigmentation, of the legs, ankles, and feet is one of the more advanced medical problems resulting from varicose veins in the legs.
The American College of Phlebology explains that the backed-up blood pooling in varicose veins is depleted of oxygen and nutrients. In addition, the damaged veins aren’t able to tolerate high pressure so they allow red blood cells and fluid to seep into the tissues of the leg, which causes swelling and chronic inflammation. Over time, this inflammation causes the skin to become darkened and discolored, or hyperpigmented.
Hyperpigmentation often happens alongside a hardening of the skin that occurs when the inflamed tissues become woody and firm, which is medically referred to as lipodermosclerosis. When skin changes remain untreated, they can become more difficult to resolve entirely and can progress to more serious conditions. In fact, venous insufficiency may cause several changes to the skin on your legs, ankles, or feet, including:
- Redness from irritation and inflammation
- Brown and leathery skin, with scaling or crusting
- Swelling that causes the skin to harden
- Dry, itchy skin
- Bacterial infection, or cellulitis
- Open sores, or leg ulcers, that are painful and difficult to treat
When varicose veins cause skin discoloration or changes in skin texture, it’s often unsightly and embarrassing for those suffering from such symptoms. In fact, many people with hyperpigmentation spend the summer months wearing long pants to cover their legs.
As we approach cooler months, it’s the perfect time to treat varicose veins to alleviate symptoms like skin discoloration and skin hardening, so that you can enjoy next summer without having to hide your legs.
Treatment may consist of both topical skin treatments as well as procedures to eliminate the root cause of your venous disease. Today’s minimally-invasive treatments use radiofrequency and laser technology to effectively eliminate varicose veins with very little discomfort or downtime.
While most insurance plans cover the cost of varicose veins if treatment has been deemed medically necessary, carriers typically require patients to wear compression hose for three months before treatments. That makes the fall months the ideal time to have a consultation with a vein specialist in order to create an effective treatment plan to get rid of your varicose veins by next summer.
Plus, East Tennessee Vein Clinic is offering free screenings for varicose veins through October.
You don’t need to suffer from skin discoloration, swelling, or heaviness in your legs any longer. Dr. Douglass and the staff at East Tennessee Vein Clinic are solely dedicated to the treatment of varicose veins, and lead the region in experience and expertise of vein treatments. We treat veins differently than other clinics because of our comprehensive attention to treating the root cause and full extent of each patient’s vein disease. Vein treatment is all we do, every day, all day, since 2001.