Who is a Risk for Varicose Veins?

Vein disease is the most common vascular condition that exists. In fact, diseases of the veins are 10 times more common than diseases of the arteries. The most common type of vein disease that individuals experience are varicose veins. Varicose veins appear as large protruding veins that occur most commonly on the surface of the legs. They can occur in any location of the legs and are often first noticeable because of their typical appearance. Read on for more information on varicose vein removal Ocean County NJ.

 

Causes

Varicose veins are typically caused by an underlying condition, known as venous reflux disease or venous insufficiency. This term refers to non-functioning, or weakened, valves in veins which run lengthwise in the legs and are often connected to the veins which become varicose. When the valves do not function properly, this causes blood to pool in the lower portion of the legs. As the blood pools, the pressure within the veins increases and they begin to enlarge and swell over time. This causes the characteristic appearance of bulging veins in the legs.

 

While people with unsightly leg veins often notice how they look, they are actually not just a cosmetic problem. Varicose veins are often associated with a variety of symptoms. Most typically, people describe tired, achy, heavy legs. Skin itching is also very commonly associated with varicose veins. As the condition worsens affected individuals experience worsening of those symptoms and may also experience leg swelling and skin darkening in the lower legs. In more severe cases, people may develop phlebitis (blood clots) or wounds in the lower legs known as venous leg ulcers (VLUs).

 

Risk Factors

There are a number of known risk factors for varicose veins. Family history, or genetic risk is one of the most common factors. Individuals with a relative with varicose veins are at a higher risk. Increasing age is another important risk. It is estimated that as many as 25% of individuals will experience some degree of varicose vein disease within their lives. Occupations or lifestyles that involve long periods of sitting in one place or standing are also at significant risk. Pregnancy is another well recognized risk factor. Often, varicose veins that develop during pregnancy will improve after delivery of the baby. However, many women will see further worsening with subsequent pregnancies and the condition may persist long-term. Finally, being overweight puts one at an increased risk of varicose veins and venous insufficiency.

 

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 20 years of experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures. We treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as ClosureFast (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, Excel V laser, and other treatments. We specialize in the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

 

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, treatment is easier than you might realize. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

 

Laser Tattoo Removal Myths

Myth: Colored Ink Cannot Be Removed

Fact: While it is true that colored inks are often more difficult to remove than dark ink, ink of many different colors can be effectively removed with laser. It is important to select a provider who has the correct wavelengths of laser available to treat your particular tattoo.

 

Myth: Home Remedies Such as Creams Will Remove My Tattoo

Fact: Home remedies are not effective in safely removing tattoos. The only effective method of removing a tattoo (other than surgically cutting it out) is with laser. You should also be cautioned about using certain home remedies advertised online. IN our center, we have seen people try these home remedy creams prior to coming to see us and unfortunately have ended up with permanent scarring from the cream, without any removal of the tattoo ink.

 

Myth: Laser Will Not Be Effective on my Type of Skin

Fact: One of the more common tattoo removal myths are between lasers and skin types. Truth is there are certain types of laser that are safe to use on most skin types, even very dark skin. The wavelength of energy must be carefully selected. Your provider should examine your skin and discuss with you the options that are available for your particular situation.

 

Myth: Old Tattoos are More Difficult to Remove than New Tattoos

Fact: Popular tattoo removal myths include the older the tattoo, the harder it will be to remove. Older tattoos have often lightened over the year. That is because the body’s immune system views the ink as a foreign material and tries to remove it. However the ink particles are too large for the body to remove completely. Therefore, the ink may look lighter over time, but it has not disappeared. These types of tattoos will often respond well to laser treatment and often will disappear faster than newer tattoos.

 

Myth: Laser Tattoo Removal Will Scar My Skin

Fact: While it is true that there is nothing medical that is completely without potential side effects, scarring is actually NOT common with laser treatment. Skin lightening or skin darkening are uncommon effects. Your doctor should discuss the likely result as well as the possible risks when talking about treatment with you.

 

Myth: Tattoos Can Be Removed in a Single Treatment

Fact: Unfortunately laser tattoo removal myths don’t have this one right. Laser removes tattoos by breaking down the particles of ink into smaller particles that can be removed by the body’s natural immune system. This process takes multiple treatments to be effective. The number of treatments needed is a function of many factors, including the color of the ink, the density of the in, the individuals skin type and the location of the tattoo. While it is impossible to know exactly how many treatments will be needed, your provider should be able to give you reasonable expectations regarding the time and number of treatments needed to obtain the desired result.

 

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center / Aesthetic Laser Center, we use the Enlighten 3 picosecond laser for tattoo removal. This laser uses 3 distinct wavelengths of energy to effectively remove tattoos of all colors, often with 40% fewer treatment than would be required.

What is the Enlighten 3 Laser and Why is it Better?

One of the first things that many individuals discover when exploring options to have their tattoo removed is that there are many different centers available to perform that treatment. One of the differences between many centers is the type of laser, or lasers, used to remove tattoos. Not all lasers are the same. Laser technology has advanced greatly in recent years. The type of laser used is very important in obtaining the best possible results.

In understanding why certain lasers are better than others, one must first understand how lasers work to remove tattoos. Tattoo ink is designed to be permanent. The body views this ink as a foreign substance and tries to eliminate it. However, the ink is made of particles that are too big for the body to eliminate. Laser works with the body’s own natural immune system to remove tattoos by breaking those ink particles into smaller ones that the immune system is able to handle.

If you think of the ink particles as “rocks,” laser energy is delivered into those “rocks” in very fast pulsations, breaking the “rocks” into “pebbles.” Those smaller “pebbles can then begin to be eliminated by the body. The problem is that the smaller “pebbles” are often not small enough to be completely removed.

That is where the new Enlighten 3 laser comes in. Enlighten 3 delivers its energy into the tattoo ink at the speed of a picosecond, or one trillionth of a second. That is 1000 times faster than the pulsations of older lasers, making it much more effective in removing the ink more completely. Instead of the energy breaking the “rocks” into “pebbles,” it pulverizes them into “sand.” That is why the Enlighten 3 pico laser is so effective in removing tattoos.

The other important thing to understand is that different colored inks require different wavelengths of laser energy to remove them. The Enlighten 3 laser uses 3 distinct wavelengths of energy to treat tattoos of all colors. It is like having multiple different highly effective lasers contained in one very technically advanced machine. This allows for effective removal of nearly all tattoos.

So, the type of laser used to treat your tattoo can make the difference between excellent and poor results. The Enlighten 3 laser uses the latest picosecond technology, combined with 3 unique wavelengths of laser energy to effectively treat most tattoos faster and more completely than with other lasers.

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center / Aesthetic Laser Center, we use the Enlighten 3 picosecond laser for tattoo removal. All procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a double Board Certified Surgeon with extensive experience with laser procedures.

If you have a tattoo that you now regret, treatment is available for you. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center has been serving individuals in Atlantic Count, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey for more than 20 years. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.EndTattooRegret.com.

Varicose Veins: Causes and Treatments

Varicose veins are large protruding veins on the legs. They are the most common vascular condition that exists. While many people are aware of the appearance of varicose veins, not everyone is aware that they may represent an underlying medical condition caused by weakened vein valves. There are also new minimally invasive techniques to treat varicose veins.

We spend most of our lives either sitting or standing. During that time, our legs are below our hearts. In order for the blood in our legs to return to our hearts, that blood must go to work against the forces of gravity, which always push things downward. Our leg veins have one-way valves that are supposed to keep the blood flowing back towards our hearts. However, many times those valves do not function properly. When those valves malfunction, instead of the blood flowing efficiently back to the heart, some of the blood will pool in the lower legs.

Venous Reflux Disease

This is known as venous reflux disease. Venous reflux disease, sometimes also referred to as venous insufficiency, is a vascular medical condition, not just a cosmetic problem. While many people who have venous reflux disease will frequently have unsightly varicose veins on their legs, they will also often experience symptoms of leg discomfort. The types of symptoms that people may experience are leg pain, leg fatigue, leg swelling, leg cramps, leg restlessness, skin itching on the legs, and other annoying and uncomfortable symptoms.

Causes and Risks

There are many recognized causes and risk factors for venous reflux disease and varicose veins. There is genetic risk. It is more common in people with family history of varicose veins. People who spend a lot of time sitting in one place or being up on their legs, typically for work, are at a higher risk. Pregnancy is a recognized risk factor, as is being overweight. Finally, it is a condition that typically becomes worse as people get older.

Treat Varicose Veins

Excellent minimally-invasive procedures are now available to treat varicose veins and cure venous reflux disease. Most procedures can be performed right in the office and usually take less than 30 minutes. Recovery is very quick, with individuals returning to the usual activities immediately. There is usually minimal post procedure discomfort with people rarely needing anything other than Tylenol or other over-the-counter analgesics following treatment. Also, most of the treatments for venous reflux disease are covered by health insurance, since it is a medical, not a cosmetic condition.

Shore Vascular and Vein Center

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 20 years of experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures. We treat varicose veins and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as ClosureFast (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, Excel V laser, and other treatments. We specialize in the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, treatment is easier than you might realize. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

Laser Tattoo Removal – What you need to Know When Selecting a Doctor

Millions of individuals have tattoos. Unfortunately, over time, many of those individuals come to regret their decision to get a tattoo and want to have the tattoo removed. In fact, laser tattoo removal is one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed. If you are one of these individuals and are searching for laser tattoo removal Ocean County, there are a number of things that you should know in order to understand the process and be able to select the best center for your treatment.

Tattoos were made to be permanent. Therefore, while removal of a tattoo is possible, it is not easy. It requires very specialized equipment, it takes time and it requires a series of treatments. The only effective way to remove a tattoo is with laser. Home remedies do not work and often can cause permanent scarring.

 

Differences in Lasers

Not all lasers for tattoo removal are the same. The technology has greatly advanced in recent year. The newest picosecond lasers are often more effective than older laser in removing tattoos. Laser works with the body’s own immune system to lighten and remove tattoos. The laser energy is absorbed by the tattoo ink, which breaks up the ink so that the immune system can then remove it. With each treatment, the ink breaks up further and further. Therefore, a series of treatments is needed to reach the final result.

Lasers are not all equally effective in breaking up the ink. Depending on the color(s) in a tattoo, different wavelengths of energy may be needed. Light colors tend to be more difficult to remove tan dark ink. However, many colors can be effectively treated with the proper type of lase. The newest laser technology, picosecond lasers, deliver the energy in a much faster pulse than with older lasers. They are usually more effective in reaching the desired result than the older lasers are. At Shore Vascular and Vein Center we utilize picosecond lasers for laser tattoo removal Ocean County.

 

Process for Removal

When you are seeking laser tattoo removal it is important to understand that you will be starting a treatment process. You will need multiple treatment. The fewer the treatments needed, the faster that you will obtain your desired result. So you should choose a provider who will use the most effective laser for your tattoo. You should also understand that all tattoos and skin types are different. Therefore, it can never be guaranteed what the final endpoint will be. Very often, with the correct laser, tattoos can be removed completely. However, even with the best treatment, there still may be some ink that remains after treatment.

If you are looking for laser tattoo removal Ocean County you should investigate what type of laser is available in your selected center to treat your tattoo. A pico laser will usually be most effective. If you have various colored ink in your tattoo, multiple different wavelengths of energy will be needed to effectively remove it. You should also investigate who will be performing your treatment and how much experience your provider has. In some centers, a physician will perform your treatment. In others, it may be someone with less training and credentials.

 

Enlighten 3 Picosecond Laser for Tattoo Removal

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center / Aesthetic Laser Center, we use the Enlighten 3 picosecond laser for tattoo removal. This laser uses 3 distinct wavelengths of energy to effectively remove tattoos of all colors. All procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a double Board Certified Surgeon with extensive experience with laser procedures.

If you have a tattoo that you now regret, treatment is available for you. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center has been serving individuals in Atlantic Count, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey for more than 20 years. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.EndTattooRegret.com.

Spider Veins: What they are and How They Are Treated

Millions of people notice the appearance of tiny purple lines on their legs. They are one of the most common conditions that we see at Shore Vascular & Vein Center. Some people only notice a few of them scattered over the legs. In other people there are many dense dark purple lines. These finding are what we commonly call spider veins.

 

What Spider Veins Are

They are also known by the more technical term, telengiectasias. Spider veins are related to varicose veins. Both spider veins and varicose veins are considered forms of venous insufficiency. Spider veins are the mildest form of this condition. They are abnormally dilated (enlarged) veins within the skin, whereas varicose veins are larger dilated veins that usually lie a bit deeper, in the tissues beneath the skin.

 

Causes and Concern

For most people, spider veins are a cosmetic concern. They cause dark lines and spots on the legs that frequently look like bruises. Some people with spider veins may experience localized discomfort such as burning or itching. Also, in certain cases, spider veins can cause bleeding that is described as perfuse. Spider veins can occur anywhere on the legs, but two of the most common locations are the inside of the thighs and around the ankles.

Spider veins are mostly caused by genetic reasons. While they may be somewhat more common in people who spend a lot of time up on their legs, such as for work, there really isn’t anything that prevents them. The good news, however is that there are various treatment options available that are safe, effective and easy to have performed.

 

Treatments

One of the most common treatments for spider veins is sclerotherapy. During sclerotherapy, a medication is injected through a tiny needle directly into the vein. Since the veins are right on the skin surface, the medication can be seen flowing through the vein, confirming that it is placed throughout the veins being treated. This causes the tiny veins to collapse. They are then absorbed by the body over time. There is minimal discomfort associated with sclerotherapy and people return to the usual activities immediately. There are a few specific instructions that are explained by the doctor. Individuals are also instructed to wear compression stocking for a few days.

Another common treatment for spider veins is laser. A specific type of laser energy is delivered into the veins which causes them to collapse. The body then absorbs the veins over time, eliminating or lessening the appearance.

 

Shore Vascular and Vein Center

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 20 year of experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures. We treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as ClosureFast (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, Excel V laser, and other treatments. We specialize in the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, treatment is easier than you might realize. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

Myths about Varicose Veins – Continued

There are many myths surrounding the significance, causes and treatment options for varicose veins. In a previous article we wrote about some of those varicose vein myths, and explained the real facts. In this article, we will expand upon those myths, and explain the real facts surrounding other common misconceptions about varicose veins.

 

  1. Myth: Varicose Vein Treatment Requires Painful Surgery

Fact: Most of the modern treatments for varicose veins do not require painful surgery or hospitalization. The majority of treatments can be performed right in the office. The treatments are minimally-invasive which means, by definition, are different from the older surgical techniques that were required in the past.

  1. Myth: Varicose Vein Treatment Requires Long Recovery

Fact: Long recovery times from treatment is another of the varicose vein myths we come across. Because the current treatments used are minimally-invasive, most people are able to return to their usual activities very soon after treatment. Most people are encouraged to walk and even do other types of exercise immediately following treatment.

  1. Myth: Varicose Vein Treatment is Risky

Fact: Varicose vein treatments are some of the safest procedures performed today. While there are potential risks associated with any type of medical treatment, serious complications associated with varicose vein treatment should be very uncommon. As part of deciding what treatment option is best for you, in our center, the doctor will discuss the risk and benefits of the available treatments in detail with you during your consultation.

  1. Myth: Varicose Vein Treatment is Not Covered by Health Insurance

Fact: This is one of the most common varicose vein myths that we need to clarify in our center. Many people mistakenly believe that their treatment will not be covered by health insurance. This is very often not true. Many of the vein treatment procedures performed in our center are covered by individuals’ health insurance. That is because varicose veins are very often more than just a cosmetic problem. They are often the result of an underlying medical condition involving the valves in the veins of the legs. All of the patients seen at Shore Vascular & Vein Center will have a thorough evaluation to determine whether their condition is one that should be covered by insurance. Our insurance specialists then will work directly with your insurance company to obtain coverage.

 

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 20 year of experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures. We treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as ClosureFast (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, Excel V laser, and other treatments. We specialize in the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, treatment is easier than you might realize. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

Common Reasons People Want Tattoo Removal

Millions of individuals have tattoos. Unfortunately, over time, many of those people come to regret their decision to get a tattoo and want to have the tattoo removed. In fact, our Enlighten laser tattoo removal is one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed. There are many reasons that people ultimately come to regret their tattoos and want to have them removed. Here are some of those most common reasons.

 

A Relationship Breakup

Relationship breakups are one of the most common reasons that people seek tattoo removal. It has been popular over the year for people to have the name of a spouse or significant other tattooed somewhere on their bodies. Tattoos on the ring finger that symbolize a relationship are also quire common. Unfortunately, many relationships do not last forever, while the tattoos to symbolize those relationships are designed to be permanent.

 

A Bad Decision When Young

Young adults are the most common group of individuals to get tattoos. Many of those tattoos were obtained while in school, perhaps on vacation such as spring break, or during other times when a lot of thought may not have gone into the decision to get the tattoo. As time goes on many of these individuals reach a different point in their lives and they no longer want the tattoo. They begin to look for options, like Enlighten laser tattoo removal to have them removed.

 

 A Career Aspiration Does Now Allow Visible Tattoos

Certain jobs, such as law enforcement and military service, have restrictions regarding visible tattoos. There are many individuals who got tattoos earlier in life but later learned that the tattoo(s) are restricting them from pursuing certain careers. These individuals often seek our Enlighten laser tattoo removal.

 

A Different Time in One’s Life

We all go through phases. At one point, a tattoo might seem like a very good idea. Some of the artwork is beautiful and many individuals want to display this work for a variety of reasons unique to that person. However, for many people circumstances change through life. These changes may be a variety of things ranging from parenthood, to careers, to a completely different view of one’s self. These situations are very unique to each individual, but often cause that person to desire removal of a tattoo obtained at a different time in his or her life.

 

Sometimes People Want to Change a Tattoo – Partial Tattoo Removal

There are some people who do not want to completely remove a tattoo. They only want to remove a part of the tattoo, or have certain aspects of it changed. Laser is very useful for removing a portion of a tattoo. A new tattoo can be placed over the treated area after treatment is complete.

 

 

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center / Aesthetic Laser Center, we use the Enlighten 3 picosecond laser for tattoo removal. All procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a double Board Certified Surgeon with extensive experience with laser procedures.  If you have a tattoo that you now regret, treatment is available for you.

 


Serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.Endtattooregret.com.

How to Select a Doctor to Treat Your Varicose Veins

You wouldn’t call a plumber to fix your electricity. Likewise, you wouldn’t call a carpenter to fix your air-conditioning. The same principle applies to your healthcare. You wouldn’t go to an eye doctor to treat your heart or a dermatologist to treat your lungs. So why wouldn’t you seek the same expertise when having vein treatment? The answer is, you should. Your veins are an important part of your circulatory system. You should seek a specialist with the proper training, experience and Board Certification.

There are many individuals who call themselves “vein doctors.” While there are many doctors in the United States who are properly trained and well qualified to treat varicose veins, there are others who have not completed the same rigorous type of training. Training and experience matter.

When seeking a vein treatment physician to treat your varicose veins you should investigate the individuals’ training and qualifications. A few important questions that you should have answered are:

Is this individual a Board Certified Vascular Specialist?

-Did he or she complete a fellowship accredited by The American Board of Medical Specialties or simply take a few courses to learn the basics of vein treatment?

-Does your physician have an IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Committee) Accredited noninvasive vascular lab to accurately diagnose your condition? Proper treatment first requires accurate diagnosis.

 

What is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon?

Vascular surgeons have all completed a minimum of five years, and often as many as eight years of surgical training, with emphasis during that training on treatment of the circulatory system. Vascular surgeons are the only specialists trained in all aspects of vascular care, ranging from minimally-invasive procedures to complex surgery. They are the only physicians who are able to use all of those different types of procedures to treat the circulatory system. Therefore, when you are under the care of a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon, you will have the greatest number of vein treatment options available to you, regardless of the specifics of your condition.

A Vascular Surgeon’s training must meet rigorous requirements for them to be eligible to become Board Certified. The Board Certification process requires the physician to pass both a written and oral examination administered by The American Board of Surgery. This certification must be maintained and renewed at regular intervals to ensure that the physician has maintained the knowledge necessary to remain “current.”

 

What Does it Mean to be Board Certified?

“The American Board of Surgery is a nonprofit organization founded in 1937 to assess the qualification of individuals in the field of surgery.” Certification by The American Board of Surgery demonstrates a surgeon’s commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning and quality patient care. Board certification requires completion of the necessary education, training and experience. It is a prestigious designation that your vascular doctor should have achieved.

 

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 20 years of experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures. We treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as ClosureFast (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, Excel V laser, and other treatments. We specialize in the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, treatment is easier than you might realize. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, and varicose vein removal.

 


Serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

5 Myths about Varicose Veins

Myth: Varicose Veins are Just a Cosmetic Problem

Fact: Many people incorrectly believe that varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem. While there certainly is a cosmetic element to varicose veins, a vascular surgeon knows they are often more than just cosmetic. Varicose veins are commonly caused by weakened valves in leg veins. This is a vascular disease called venous reflux disease. It often causes leg pain, leg fatigue, leg heaviness, swelling, and skin itching. In more serious cases it can cause permanent skin damage, leg wounds and blood clots. It is a condition that typically will get worse over time if left untreated.

 

Myth: Varicose Veins are only a “Female Problem”

Fact: While it’s true that varicose veins are more common in women, many men are also affected. In fact, some estimates suggest that as many as 45% of all men will develop varicose veins at some point in their lives.

 

Myth: Exercise Makes Varicose Veins Worse

Fact: As stated above, varicose veins are commonly caused by abnormal pooling of blood in the lower legs. While standing in one position for a long period of time will often make this worse, exercise usually has the reverse effect. Exercises, such as walking, running and other activities which involve contraction of the leg muscles actually helps to relieve some of the pooling blood. While it does not cure the underlying problem, exercise often helps to relieve some of the symptoms of varicose veins. Exercise is also very important for general health considerations. Therefore, people with varicose veins should be encouraged to exercise, not avoid exercise.

 

Myth: Crossing Your Legs Causes Varicose Veins

Fact: For years, people have mistakenly believed the myth that crossing one’s legs causes varicose veins. This is actually not true. No scientific evidence has ever demonstrated that varicose veins are either caused by or worsened by crossing your legs.

 

Myth: Varicose Veins are Only an Older Person’s Problem

Fact: While varicose veins become more common as we age, they can, and often do affect people of all ages. That is because there are a number of risk factors other than age that can affect anyone. These risks include family history, prolonged sitting or standing (usually related to one’s work) being overweight and pregnancy.

 

 

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon with over 20 years of experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures. We treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as ClosureFast (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, Excel V laser, and other treatments. We specialize in the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

 

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, contact a vascular surgeon. Shore Vascular & Vein Center and Aesthetic Laser Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation with a vascular surgeon or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.