Varicose Veins Treatment in the Kansas City Area

When it comes to varicose veins, we understand that you may be dealing with more than just a lack of comfort in your appearance—many individuals also deal with daily pain and physical discomfort that hinders their quality of life. In fact, of the estimated 80 million Americans who suffer from some form of venous disorder, most seek varicose vein treatment to relieve pain.

At Summit Skin & Vein, we believe that no one should have to live with the throbbing, aching, and lowered self-esteem that results from varicose veins. The phlebologists, or vein doctors, at our state-of-the-art facility in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, provide innovative diagnostic services and minimally-invasive treatment options, helping countless individuals throughout the Kansas City area free themselves of the lifestyle-limiting consequences of varicose veins. Our varicose vein treatments don’t just result in smoother looking skin, but they also result in a more comfortable, healthier you.

Your Varicose Veins Treatment Options:

Here at Summit Skin & Vein Care, we offer two different varicose vein treatment options. Both are highly effective and, above all, are safe and performed by our skilled, experienced physicians. Unlike outdated varicose vein surgeries, our treatment options are both minimally-invasive and require little-to-no downtime. Prior to your procedure, we offer free vein screenings, during which we can discuss your concerns and which of the following treatment options is right for you.

25+ Years of Excellence in Varicose Vein Treatment: Meet Our Vein Doctor

For more than 25 years, Dr. Fearon has provided the Lee’s Summit area with safe, effective varicose vein treatment. Dr. Fearon is a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine and board-certified in family practice.

What are Varicose Veins?

The body’s arteries bring oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood from the heart down to the extremities. Veins, on the other hand, constantly work against gravity to bring used blood back up to the heart. Healthy veins have a closed valve, so blood flow only occurs in one direction. Yet, if the vein valves fail, gravity prevents blood from efficiently returning to the heart. This causes blood to accumulate and congest the vein, resulting in the vein’s enlargement. Eventually, the enlarged vein will bulge to the skin’s surface. This process can affect all veins, but when larger veins fail, they are referred to as varicose veins.

Many factors add to the development of varicose veins:

  • Heredity: The number one contributing factor to the development of varicose veins is having a family history of venous disorders.
  • Gender: Approximately 55% of women and 45% of men over age 50 have venous disease, but venous disease can occur at any age. About one in three people are symptomatic.
  • Pregnancy: Approximately 70-80% of pregnant women develop varicose veins during their first trimester. Varicose veins tend to worsen with each pregnancy but can improve after birth.
  • Jobs and Activities: People who spend a great deal of time on their feet or have jobs that require them to sit all day are much more likely to develop varicose veins and their symptoms.
  • Weight gain
  • Trauma

What are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

The twisted, enlarged varicose veins sometimes cause no pain and are only a cosmetic concern. These veins often appear a darker blue or purple with visible swelling. However, there are instances in which varicose veins can cause pain and discomfort. Severe varicose veins can cause dermatitis, discoloration, or ulceration of the lower leg because they negatively impact the nutrition of the skin.

Some of the common signs and symptoms of varicose veins include the following:

  • Tired, heavy & achy leg(s)
  • Restless leg(s)
  • Burning & itching
  • Swelling of the leg(s) & feet
  • Cramping of the leg(s) & feet
  • Discoloration of the skin at ankle(s) & leg(s)
  • Open sores or ulcers on the lower leg(s)

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Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

For some individuals, varicose veins are a cosmetic issue. For others, they may represent a serious medical condition that requires varicose veins treatment. Varicose veins are only dangerous if they are left untreated, as there are several adverse consequences of failing to get proper varicose veins treatment including blood clots, bleeding, and rashes.

Over time, untreated varicose veins may cause swelling and changes in your skin. Specifically, your skin may turn a brownish color near the ankles and may become rough and itchy. Without varicose veins treatment, the skin may ultimately break down, causing a leg wound or ulceration.

How are Varicose Veins Diagnosed?

For most people, varicose veins can be diagnosed by an experienced physician during a routine physical exam. However, underlying vein problems may be present that are not visible to the naked eye. At our vein treatment facility, we pair the exam with a Duplex Ultrasound scan. This scan is a noninvasive and painless test that we use to better evaluate both the superficial and deep venous system. It is necessary to make an accurate assessment of the extent of the vein disease, as well as to create the best varicose veins treatment plan. We perform ultrasound exams at our clinic and also offer in-office, free vein screenings.

When Should You See a Doctor?

If you suspect an underlying medical condition could be behind your varicose veins, it’s a good idea to visit a medical professional. You should see a doctor for varicose veins if you experience any of the following:

  • Your symptoms have become disabling and you’re unable to perform daily tasks at your normal capacity.
  • The skin over and surrounding your varicose veins begins to bleed, develops open sores, or becomes flaky and itchy.
  • Your veins become tender, warm, swollen, or painful, possibly indicating a blood clot.

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or other symptoms that are concerning, it’s a good deal to visit your doctor and discuss possible causes or treatments.

Call Summit Skin & Vein for Varicose Vein Treatment in Kansas City!

With free vein screenings available to all patients, there’s no reason to wait to call Summit Skin & Vein Care and take your first step towards revealing smoother, healthier legs.

Call Summit Skin & Vein Care today at (816) 533-4398 for a free vein screening and consultation or to learn more about our varicose vein treatment capabilities.

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