Varicose Veins Specialist

South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgeon located in Charlotte, NC

While varicose veins may force your legs into hiding for aesthetic reasons, these swollen, bumpy veins can also cause significant pain and discomfort. Dr. James Antezana, a vascular surgeon at South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery, offers several treatment options at his Charlotte, North Carolina, practice that restore your skin’s appearance and alleviate the pain. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.

Varicose Veins Q & A

South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, ropy veins that lie just beneath the surface of your skin and usually develop in your legs. The reason varicose veins typically occur in your legs is that these veins must work hard against gravity to return blood to your heart. If the return flow of your blood is hampered in any way, blood can pool and create these gnarled veins.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins develop for numerous reasons, including:

  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Long hours on your feet
  • Weight issues
  • Circulatory issues

Varicose veins can strike anyone, and they often pose more than a cosmetic concern — varicose veins can be painful or uncomfortable and sometimes lead to ulcers on your skin or blood clots.

How are varicose veins treated?

Dr. Antezana offers several treatments at South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery that are highly efficient and minimally invasive. These include:

VNUS Closure

During this in-office procedure, Dr. Antezana first administers a local anesthetic and then inserts a small needle into your saphenous vein (a superficial vein that runs the length of your leg).

Next, Dr. Antezana threads a catheter through the needle up into your groin. Through the catheter, Dr. Antezana heats your vein with radiofrequency energy, causing it to collapse. Then your body naturally disposes of the collapsed vein.

Sclerotherapy

Dr. Antezana injects a solution into your varicose veins, causing them to collapse and clot. Again, your body naturally absorbs the remnants.

Laser therapy

Using the CUTERA excel VTM, Dr. Antezana directs light energy through your skin to target and destroy varicose veins without affecting the surface area.  Your body then absorbs and processes the treated veins naturally.

All three treatments are minimally invasive, and there’s little downtime associated with them. Dr. Antezana provides you with aftercare instructions, which typically include:

  • Compressing the leg
  • Resuming normal activities to encourage blood flow
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers for any soreness

To learn more about how you can get rid of unsightly and uncomfortable varicose veins, call South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery or book an appointment online.