Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that appear close to the surface of the skin and are most prevalent in the foot and ankle area. Learn the common causes and treatment options.

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that appear close to the surface of the skin and are most prevalent in the foot and ankle area. A number of factors can cause them.

Spider veins are caused by venous insufficiency, which is when the one-way valves that pump blood to the heart are weak or faulty. Excess blood can pool in the vein, enlarging it and creating varicose and spider veins.

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Dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee demonstrates a new sclerotherapy treatment, in which a foaming polidocanol solution is injected through a very fine needle, directly into the vein. The results of the injection are immediate and permanent.