Varicose & Spider Veins

Varicose & Spider Veins

More than just a cosmetic concern

If your veins appear swollen and twisted, and are bluish in color, you may have varicose or spider veins, common conditions that generally affect the legs and feet of men and women. In many cases, varicose veins are a cosmetic insecurity and are harmless. In other instances, they can cause serious discomfort or aching, or put you at risk for blood clots.

What causes varicose & spider veins?

Weakened valves or increased pressure in your legs can cause veins to become enlarged. When valves are faulty, blood can flow backward and cause veins to stretch or twist. Other risk factors for varicose and spider veins include prolonged sitting/standing, age, family history, obesity, and pregnancy.

What are the symptoms?

Varicose and spider veins usually do not cause any pain. When symptoms do occur, you may experience swelling, throbbing, or an achy or heavy feeling in your legs. There may also be skin discoloration or itching around the vein area. For some, varicose and spider veins are only a cosmetic concern, but for others, they can lead to more serious issues.

Varicose & Spider Veins

Treatment Options

Thanks to modern advances in medicine, there are a number of low-risk procedures and self-care treatments available. These can range from compression socks and lifestyle changes to sclerotherapy (small injections), and minimally invasive surgery. A physical exam is required to determine the severity of varicose veins before creating a personalized treatment plan. Fortunately, most treatments can be performed in the office and patients can return home the same day.

Board-Certified Vascular Surgeons

Stuart A. Harlin

  • Cypress
  • Katy
  • Sugar Land

Sheila M. Coogan
  • Bellaire
  • Memorial City
Arash Keyhani
  • Memorial City II
  • Greater Heights
Kourosh Keyhani
  • Memorial City II
  • Greater Heights

Treatment Locations:

6700 West Loop South
Suite 110
Bellaire, TX 77401
713-500-VEIN (8346)
27700 Northwest Freeway
Suite 200
Cypress, TX, 77433
Greater Heights
1631 North Loop West
Suite 610
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 486-0800
23920 Katy Freeway
Suite 400
Katy, TX 77494
713-486-VEIN (8346)
Memorial City
915 Gessner
Suite 585
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 486-6690
Memorial City II
915 Gessner
Suite 685
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 486-0800
Sugar Land
17510 W. Grand Parkway South
Suite 450
Sugar Land, TX, 77479
Varicose & Spider Veins

Complimentary online screening

UT Physicians offers a convenient and secure way to get a preliminary screening for your veins at no cost. By completing the online questionnaire, our experts will review your photos and symptoms, and will contact you to discuss next steps.

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