Not All Laser Tattoo Removal is Created Equal

For people who have gotten tattoos, the intent was for the tattoo to be permanent. However, many people with tattoos, at some point in time, change their mind and no longer want the tattoo. In fact, surveys show that as many as 25% of people who have tattoos no longer want them. The problem is that tattoo removal can be very difficult. Fortunately, new laser tattoo removal technology has greatly improved the ability to remove tattoos of all sizes, locations and colors. But, not all laser tattoo removal is the same.

In choosing a specialist to remove your tattoo, it is important to know the differences between the various types of laser tattoo removal. Lasers have been used to lighten and remove tattoos for many years. Over the years, the technology has evolved and improved greatly. Our bodies view tattoo ink as a foreign material and the immune system is constantly trying to remove it. However, the ink particles are too large for the immune system to remove completely. That is why older tattoos will appear faded compared to when they are new. But they will only fade to a certain point, at which the body alone cannot lighten them any further. That is where laser technology comes in. The laser energy smashes the ink particles and breaks them up into much smaller particles that the body is then able to remove. This process needs to be repeated over and over again, as each time the particles are broken down further.

With the older lasers that are still widely used for tattoo removal, such as the Q-switched lasers, it is not uncommon for 20 or more treatments to be required to reach the desired agree of removal or lightening of a tattoo. That process could take years, as well as significant cost and discomfort to complete. However, new picosecond laser technology has now greatly improved that process. Most tattoos can be treated in roughly half of the number of treatments that are needed with the older lasers.

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center we offer the latest enlighten picosecond laser for tattoo removal. Enlighten combines multiple laser wavelengths with the most advanced picosecond technology. What that means in plain English is that it allows for removal of most tattoos in 40% fewer treatments than with older lasers. That means less time needed to obtain a complete result, less pain, and lower cost than with other lasers. The other advantage to the enlighten laser is that it can be safely and effectively used on tattoos of many different colors on all skin types, even very dark skin.

Shore Vascular & Vein Center is a leading center for laser tattoo removal serving Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County , Ocean County, Camden County and the surrounding areas in Southern New Jersey.  Our Board Certified surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, personally performs all treatments himself.  He has years of experience using  multiple  lasers to treat a variety of conditions.  Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) for a consultation or visit us on the web at EndTattooRegret.com.  Schedule an appointment for a FREE initial consultation and learn how to end YOUR tattoo regret.

Varicose Veins. Not Just a Cosmetic Problem

Varicose veins are the most common vascular conditions that exists. It is estimated that between 20 million and 40 million people in the USA alone have some degree of varicose veins.  While they tend to be more common in women than in men, and they tend to get worse as we age, they actually often affect both men and women of all ages.

Most people are aware of the appearance of varicose veins. They look like large, bulging lumps on the legs. Sometimes there may be just s few of them. At other times, they may appear all over both legs. While the cosmetic aspects of varicose veins are well known, what many people are not aware of is that they are not just a cosmetic problem.  Many people with varicose veins have an underlying condition call venous reflux disease, also known as venous insufficiency. This results from the valves within the leg veins not functioning properly. It  causes blood to abnormally pool in the legs. It results from prolonged standing, genetic predisposition, pregnancy, increasing age, obesity and other factors. In addition to causing the unsightly varicose veins to develop, venous reflux disease can also give people physical symptoms such as leg pain, leg fatigue, leg heaviness, leg restlessness, night cramps, skin itching and other symptoms. If left untreated, the underlying condition and the resulting symptoms tend to get worse as time goes on. In more severe cases, people can develop leg swelling, permanent skin damage, leg wounds and blood clots. So, while varicose veins are often noticeable and unsightly, they may also be an indication of a more significant underlying vascular condition.

Fortunately, venous reflux disease is one of easiest vascular conditions to treat. In some cases, conservative treatments such as compression stockings, exercise and periodic leg elevation will help to control symptoms. When these measures alone are not sufficient, there are minimally invasive office procedures that are safe, effective, and usually covered by health insurance that can be used to treat the problem.

One of the most common procedures used to treat venous reflux disease and varicose veins is a 20 minute minimally invasive procedure called a Vein Closure Procedure which is also know as a Venefit Procedure. This procedure safely and effectively eliminates most venous reflux, improving both the physical symptoms and often the cosmetic appearance of varicose veins as well. The procedure is performed without making any incisions. People are typically able to resume there usual activities immediately following the procedure. General anesthesia is not required.  People are awake and talking to the doctor during the procedure and generally report only minimal discomfort.

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, Dr. Jeffrey Gosin is a leader in the treatment of varicose veins and venous reflux disease. Other vascular surgeons have traveled to his center to learn the the latest state-of-the-art techniques. If you are experiencing the appearance or symptoms of varicose veins, call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation and find out how much better your legs can look and feel. Or visit us on the web at GetGreatLegs.com

The Top Five Reasons People Want Their Tattoo Removed

It is estimated that 25% of all people who have gotten tattoos will change their mind and want tattoo removal.  At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, a  leading center for laser treatment of vascular conditions and tattoo removal, we see this every day.  The reasons that people no longer want their tattoo are numerous. Here are the top five, in no particular order.

  1. The person got the tattoo on an impulse and he or she never really liked it. Maybe this happened during spring break in college. Maybe it felt “liberating” at the time.  However, as time has gone on, the tattoo no longer reflects how the person views him or herself.
  2. This reason pertains to new moms. When the woman was younger and had different priorities, the tattoo was fun and interesting.  However, when the first child comes along, Mom doesn’t want her new son or daughter to ask questions about the tattoo and seeks treatment to have tattoo removal.
  3. There is too much attention drawn to the tattoo and away from other things that the person finds important. At times, this is due to the location of the tattoo.  At other times, it may be due to the content of the tattoo itself.  The picture or words might be controversial.  Or, the tattoo might be in an area that draws attention to that area or body part.  For these and many similar reasons, people often want their tattoos removed so that less attention is drawn to them.
  4. The person is seeking a new job that does not permit visible tattoos. Many people do not realize until it’s too late, that certain jobs, including some military and law enforcement positions, have restrictions on visible tattoos.  The person may apply for such a job and is told that they will not be a candidate for the job until the tattoo is removed.
  5. One of the most common reasons that we see for people requesting removal of a tattoo is because the tattoo has either the name, picture, or other symbol that represents a previous relationship. Sometimes it is the person him or herself who wants the tattoo removed.  Other times, it is a new spouse or significant other who does not want to constantly look at the other person’s name or image.  In either case, the only way to safely and permanently remove the tattoo is with laser tattoo removal.

 

Regardless of your particular reason, Shore Vascular & Vein Center offers the most advanced laser available for tattoo removal.  We specialize in the state-of-the-art Enlighten picosecond laser for the most complete tattoo removal available. Our center looks to offer the fewest number of treatments for most tattoos, in the most common colors.  We serve Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Camden County, Ocean County and the surrounding southern New Jersey areas.  All procedures are performed by a Board Certified surgeon. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346)  or visit us on the web at EndTattooRegret.com to schedule your FREE consultation.

 

 

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Interview with Dr. Gosin on SNJ Today

SNJ Today Hotline with Jeffrey S. Gosin, MD, FACS – SNJ Today

Click on link above to watch an interview with Dr. Gosin on SNJ Today and read below for a refresher on how Dr. Gosin and Shore Vascular and Vein Center can help you with treating Varicose Veins:

We’re halfway through summer, however the “risk” of varicose veins isn’t precisely over. You may have possessed the capacity to abstain from calling attention to your legs or perhaps you abstained from hitting the beach this past summer because of unattractive leg veins. They’re truly nothing to be humiliated about however. Truth be told, in the United States, around 70 percent of ladies and 45 percent of men experience some sort of vein issue or problem. Varicose veins specifically, influence half of individuals 50 years or older.

With those measurements, it may be easy to determine whether or not you may be susceptible to being a victim of varicose veins. There are quite a few variables that decide the danger of having visible veins in legs. On account of that, who precisely gets varicose and spider veins? What’s more, what causes determine if you will get them down the line or not?

The five most normal determinants of varicose and spider veins are:

Age

As you get older and more established, your vein valves debilitate. When this happens, blood that ought to stream towards your heart can wind up streaming in reverse, making blood pool and your veins to enlarge and become varicose due to the pressure.

Sex

As statistics are quick to point out, ladies are more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Hormones are a major explanation behind this divergence. The progressions ladies’ bodies experience amid monthly cycle, menopause and even birth control have an impact since female hormones have been known to relax vein walls. Some pregnant women develop varicose veins.

Also, pregnancy can increase chances because the volume of the blood in a lady’s body increases yet the blood stream from her legs to pelvis does not. This is the body’s characteristic response to growing a solid baby, yet therefore can also bring about the veins to end up swollen, particularly towards the end of pregnancy. What’s more, changes in hormone levels during pregnancy can likewise add to the probability of creating varicose veins.

Medical history

On the off chance that you happen to be born with frail vein valves, then your danger of creating varicose veins or a venous reflux disease is expanded. Likewise, if your family has a past filled with family members who have had them, it is also more probable for them to appear in your legs as well. About 50 percent of individuals with varicose vein issues have the same issue with a relative.

Obesity

Being overweight or obese puts additional weight on your veins. The abundance of fat in legs presses the vein and valves can begin to malfunction. When this happens, blood can stream in reverse and begin to pool, bringing on the veins to end up noticeably varicose.

Prolonged Standing or Sitting

Sitting or standing for drawn out stretches of time can prompt more than discomfort. When you’re similarly situated for long stretches, your blood doesn’t stream as effectively as it would with regular movement, this causes the veins to work harder to pump your blood up to your heart. The additional exertion can cause the veins to get swollen and varicose.

Whether you’re currently attempting to cover up protruding veins or end up falling into a couple of the risk classifications above, give Dr. Jeffrey Gosin at Shore Vascular and Vein Center a call at (609) 927-VEIN (8346) for more information, get diagnosed or receive treatments. Try not to let whatever remains of summer cruise you by, get out there and flaunt those legs.

 

Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township

iHeart Radio interview with Dr. Gosin on Laser Tattoo Removal

Listen to Dr. Gosin’s iHeart Radio interview above, and read below for a refresher on how Dr. Gosin can help you end your tattoo regret:

Tattoo regret is something that numerous individuals are acquainted with. This happens when they no longer need a tattoo. Perhaps the tattoo helps them to remember a past relationship or a period in their life that was fun at the time yet now they need to overlook. Tattoo regret can likewise happen when individuals still like their body art however need to remove it to make themselves look more professional, and increase their odds of landing their dream job.

In the event that you are in that situation, cutting edge tattoo removal technology can offer assistance. One of the best systems is laser tattoo removal, which utilizes present day strategies and equipment to help, and by and large totally get rid of your ink. Before you agree to this treatment, however, you ought to do your own research about the procedure. Not all laser tattoo removal is the same. Understanding the diverse options available, and selecting the best will permit you to acquire the most ideal results.

BENEFITS

It’s exceedingly viable

Present day, high quality lasers give the most ideal results with tattoo removal. Most tattoos can be either significantly lightened, or removed totally. However, the achievement of the treatment relies upon numerous things, for example, the kind of ink that was utilized, the injection depth of the ink, and the shades of your tattoo (a few colors are harder to remove than others). Additionally, our immune system assumes an imperative part in expelling the separated ink from your skin and eliminating it from your body.

The odds of totally removing your undesirable body art will rely upon these components, and also the kind of laser that is utilized to remove the tattoo, and they are not all the same. The best lasers for tattoo removal are known as picosecond lasers. At Shore Vascular and Vein Center we utilize the new enlighten laser for tattoo removal. Enlighten utilizes the freshest, most progressive innovations to give the speediest, most complete tattoo removal accessible.

You can correct your tattoo

There are times when you simply need to adjust the presence of your tattoo. If so, you can utilize laser tattoo removal to expel a portion of your body art; once it’s gone, you can then request that your tattoo artist roll out the improvements you need.

Risks

When performed appropriately, laser tattoo removal is viable, as well as exceptionally effective. An accomplished doctor will know how to minimize any related dangers. Certain wavelengths of laser energy can bring about lightening of darker skin. Nonetheless, this can be either minimized or disposed of totally by the doctor selecting the correct sort of laser for the skin sort being dealt with. After treatment, there is generally some wounding and skin disturbance that will keep going for around a week or less. After it mends, the skin will come back to normal.

On the off chance that you have a tattoo that you are regretting, Shore Vascular and Vein Center is here to offer assistance. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) for a free discussion or visit us on the web at EndTattooRegret.com

 

Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township

How Long Will the Tattoo Removal Process Last?

“How many sessions will it take to remove my tattoo?” This is one of the most common questions that people ask when they consider laser tattoo removal. Unfortunately, answering this isn’t easy since every tattoo is unique.  Anyone can look at a tattoo and measure the size and notice the colors.  However, factors that are not known are what substances are in the ink that was used to create the tattoo and how deep the ink was injected.

Here are some facts that apply to most tattoos:

  • Most tattoos will require multiple treatments to reach an endpoint
  • Black ink is generally easier to remove than light colors. However, with proper laser wavelengths, most colors can also be effectively treated
  • Tattoos on the extremities will usually require more treatments to completely remove that tattoos on the trunk
  • The type of laser used to remove a tattoo is one of the most important factors in obtaining the best possible result.
  • Picosecond lasers, such as the enlighten laser used at Shore Vascular & Vein Center provide the most complete results in the fewest number of treatments for most tattoos.

These are just some of the factors that can affect the number of treatments you’ll need. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us here at Shore Vascular and Vein Center. We specialize in laser tattoo removal in the Atlantic County, Cape May County,   Camden County, Cumberland County and Ocean County NJ area and can help you remove your unwanted body art within the shortest amount of time.

 

How Do You Treat Varicose Veins?

If you have visible varicose veins, you probably already know how bad they can get and how they might negatively affect your self-confidence. These reasons alone are usually enough for someone to seek treatment. Add them to the fact that varicose veins can cause several symptoms (such as leg pain, swelling, and fatigue) and can lead to serious health complications like lipodermosclerosis and venous leg ulcers, and you’ll see just how important it is to get medical help.

Fortunately, there are several ways to treat varicose veins. These treatment methods can be combined with each other, although they are also effective on their own. These include:

 

Lifestyle Changes

If your varicose veins are still in the early stages, you might be able to eliminate them or at least reduce their appearance and severity by making changes to your lifestyle. Here are some of the changes that you have to make:

  • Getting physically active to promote better blood flow (especially to your legs) and improve overall cardiovascular health. Exercise on a regular basis, and incorporate activity into your routine as much as possible (e.g. taking the stairs instead of the elevator).
  • Shedding off excess pounds and keeping your weight under control. Being overweight or obese can cause increased pressure in your veins and contribute to the development of varicose veins.
  • Avoiding situations wherein you have to stand up or sit down for long periods of time. If you need to do this at work, take frequent breaks to relieve the pressure in your leg veins. Don’t cross your legs while sitting, and strive to keep them raised when you sit or sleep.
  • Wearing venous compression stockings can also provide some relief of the pain and leg heaviness associated with varicose veins.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

There are times when lifestyle changes aren’t enough to treat your varicose veins. When these instances occur, your best option is to undergo minimally invasive procedures that remove or close your varicose veins. One example is the Venefit Procedure, in which the diseased vein is accessed through a small needle and catheter and exposed to radiofrequency energy. The vein will collapse and close down, encouraging blood to flow through other healthy veins and preventing it from pooling in the legs.

Another procedure is microphlebectomy, which removes the diseased vein. Microphlebectomy accesses veins through small openings that don’t even need stitching to close. As a result, patients don’t need to be hospitalized, and they’ll experience only a minimal discomfort during the procedure. They can also go back to their regular activities after 24 hours.

 

Treating varicose veins is usually a straight forward process that is much easier than it was in the past. Treatment does NOT require hospitalization or major surgery. If you’re ready to seek treatment, contact us here at Shore Vascular and Vein Center. We specialize in varicose vein removal in the Atlantic County, Cape May County or Ocean County, NJ area and offer a wide range of minimally invasive treatment options using modern methods and state-of-the-art equipment.

The History of Laser Tattoo Removal Technology

Picosecond lasers are currently the state-of-the-art treatment for tattoo removal. Here at Shore Vascular and Vein Center, we offer the enlighten picosecond laser tattoo removal in the Atlantic County, Cape May County and Ocean County, NJ area.  It’s highly effective and with it we can remove most tattoos in the shortest amount of time and more completely than with any other laser.

 

Tattoo Removal in the Past: Before Picosecond Lasers

Tattoo regret isn’t a modern thing; in fact, it’s safe to say that it has been around since people started getting tattoos!

In earlier times, people used painful and often more dangerous means to remove their tattoos. One of the methods they used was dermabrasion, which was done with a rough object (such as a wire brush) and exposed the client to infections. Another technique was salabrasion, which used table salt and a gauze pad and left the client with lots of scarring.

As the times progressed, people turned to more modern yet still ineffective tattoo removal methods that caused pain, scarring, and infections. Some used chemicals like tannic acid and silver nitrate as well as certain kinds of phenol solutions, which caused burns and left the skin disfigured. Others surgically removed the skin where the tattoo was placed and, in cases where a large tattoo is removed, covered the affected area with a skin graft. Still others froze the tattooed area using cryogenics then removed the ink using microdermabrasion.

Fortunately, laser techniques were developed for tattoo removal and rendered the above methods unnecessary. The first laser tattoo removal session happened in 1967, when Dr. Leon Goldman used an ND: YAG laser and a 694 Ruby laser to get rid of a client’s body art. Other specialists, meanwhile, developed CO2 lasers, argon lasers, and continuous-wave lasers. However, these early laser treatments weren’t as safe and effective as technicians hoped, so additional research and development had to be done to improve the technology.

The end result was Q-switched lasers, which became commercially available in the 1990s. These lasers produce a giant pulse formation that have high levels of energy and are powerful enough to deal with different color wavelengths and break down tattoo ink.  Q-switched lasers are still used today in many centers for tattoo removal. While these Q-switched lasers are effective in removing certain tattoo ink, they still have significant limitations.  They will often require a large number of treatments, and even after all of these treatments, they might not be effective in obtaining a satisfactory result.

The Present and Future of Picosecond Lasers

In order to deal with the limitations of Q-Switched lasers, most recently picosecond lasers were developed.  They produce short bursts of energy that are measured in picoseconds (or trillionths of a second).  These picosecond bursts are far more effective in breaking down tattoo ink than the previous Q Switched lasers. As a result, they halved the required treatment time; instead of 15 sessions, tattoos could be removed in just 6 or 7 sessions. They also lead to a faster recovery time since the skin receives minimal damage.

 

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center we use the enlighten picosecond laser fast, safe, highly effective removal of most tattoos.  If you have a tattoo that you are regretting, Shore Vascular & Vein Center is here to help.  Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) for a free consultation or visit us on the web at EndTattooRegret.com

Benefits of Laser Tattoo Removal

Tattoo regret is something that many people are familiar with. This happens when they no longer want a tattoo. Maybe the tattoo reminds them of a previous relationship or a period in their life that was fun at the time but now they want to forget. Tattoo regret can also take place when people still like their body art but want to remove it to make themselves look more professional, and increase their chances of getting their dream job.

If you are in that situation, modern tattoo removal technology can help. One of the best techniques is laser tattoo removal, which uses modern methods and equipment to lighten, and in many cases completely remove your ink. Before you sign up for this treatment, though, you should do your research and understand the process.  Not all laser tattoo removal is the same.  Understanding the different technologies available, and selecting the best will allow you to obtain the best possible results.

 

BENEFITS

It’s highly effective

Modern, high quality lasers provide the best possible outcomes with tattoo removal.  Most tattoos can be either significantly lightened, or removed completely. However, the success of the treatment depends on many things, such as the type of ink that was used, the injection depth of the ink, and the colors of your tattoo (some pigments are more difficult to remove than others). Also, our immune system plays a very important role in removing the broken-down ink from your skin and eliminating it from your body.

The chances of completely removing your unwanted body art will depend on these factors, as well as the type of laser that is used to remove the tattoo, and they are not all the same.  The most effective lasers for tattoo removal are known as picosecond lasers.  At Shore Vascular & Vein Center we use the new enlighten laser for tattoo removal.  Enlighten uses the newest, most advanced technology to provide the fastest, most complete tattoo removal available.

You can correct your tattoo

There are times when you just want to alter the appearance of your tattoo. If this is the case, you can use laser tattoo removal to remove a portion of your body art; once it’s gone, you can then ask your tattoo artist to make the changes you want.

RISKS

When performed properly, laser tattoo removal is not only effective, but it is also very safe.  An experienced physician will know how to minimize any associated risks. Certain wavelengths of laser energy can cause lightening of dark skin.  However, this can be either minimized or eliminated completely by the physician selecting the proper type of laser for the skin type being treated.  After treatment, there is usually some bruising and skin irritation that will last for about a week or less.  After it heals, the skin will return to normal.

If you have a tattoo that you are regretting, Shore Vascular & Vein Center is here to help.  Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) for a free consultation or visit us on the web at EndTattooRegret.com

Spider and Varicose Veins: What Happens If They Are Left Untreated?

Spider veins and varicose veins are sometimes viewed as being unsightly and can cause some people to feel self-conscious about their appearance or even look down on themselves. Unfortunately, the effects of these conditions go beyond emotions. If you have spider veins or varicose veins (or both), you have to realize that they can lead to medical problems if you leave them untreated.

 

Spider Veins

Spider veins are thin, fine lines that are red or purple in color and appear just beneath the surface of the skin of your legs. They’re not a serious medical condition, but they can cause discomfort in certain situations. They can cause you to feel a burning sensation and cause your skin to be itchy, giving you the urge to scratch it constantly. Depending on their location and your skin type, they can also be prone to bleeding, particularly when you shave your legs. Of course, if you leave them untreated, they can increase in number and become more prominent and noticeable.

Spider veins can exist on their own, or be associated with varicose veins. This means that, if you have spider veins, you might be more likely to develop varicose veins or may even already have them.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can be more serious than spider veins. In the early stages, you may not feel anything nor notice any changes to your skin. However, over time, you might observe changes in your legs’ appearance and feel the symptoms that are associated with this condition. Some of these symptoms include pain, swelling, and a feeling of fatigue and heaviness in your legs, particularly when you stand up or sit down for long periods of time. Your legs may also feel restless, and the skin on them may become itchy.

If you fail to get treatment for your varicose veins, they could get worse and reach an advanced stage. Several complications can arise when this happens, and one of these is lipodermosclerosis, which is the inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous fat. This develops when blood pools in your veins and increases the pressure in them, causing fibrin and other substances to leak out into the surrounding tissues and making them inflamed.

Venous leg ulcers, which are open sores on the legs, can also develop when varicose veins are left untreated for a long time. The high pressure inside the leg veins damages the small veins in the skin, causing the skin to become itchy, inflamed, and more prone to developing sores even when exposed to minimal trauma. Because of the poor blood flow in the legs, these sores don’t heal right away and can become infected over time.

 

While these conditions do not occur in most cases of varicose veins, they illustrate common things that can occur in advanced cases of varicose veins.  To avoid these scenarios, if you have varicose veins, you should seek medical attention from a vascular surgeon who specializes in the treatment of vein diseases. If you live in New Jersey, for example, get in touch with us here at Shore Vascular & Vein Center. We specialize in varicose vein and spider vein removal in the Atlantic County, Cape May County and Ocean County, NJ and surrounding areas and use state-of-the-art procedures and equipment to treat these vascular conditions.