Skin Discoloration & Varicose Veins

Skin discoloration associated with varicose veins can vary in appearance and severity depending on factors such as the severity of the varicose veins, how long you’ve had the condition, and the individual characteristics of your skin. 

Varicose veins impair the normal flow of blood, causing it to pool in the affected veins. Blood pooling creates increased pressure in the veins which can result in leakage of the blood components, including red blood cells and iron, causing discoloration of the skin. Inflammation from varicose veins can also damage skin tissue, changing skin color and texture, including darkening and thickening of the skin.  In severe cases, skin discoloration may lead to the development of venous ulcers or an open wound on your leg or ankles.

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What causes skin discoloration?

Varicose veins can cause skin discoloration because the veins fail to efficiently return blood to the heart which leads to increased pressure in the veins resulting in various complications affecting the skin. Blood pooling, inflammation, and impaired circulation are all conditions of varicose veins that can lead to changes in the skin's appearance.

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How is Skin Discoloration Treated?

 At Tepas Vein Center there are several treatment options we offer. All treatments are performed in the office and are minimally invasive. We offer medical-grade Compression Stockings, Cosmetic Lasers, Varithena®, VenaSeal™, and ClosureFast™ Radio Frequency Abaltions. You will meet with our team of board-certified surgeons and nurse practitioners to determine which treatment is best to meet your needs and provide the best possible outcome.   

Insurance Coverage
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Will Insurance Cover Treatment?

We accept most major insurance and most plans will cover varicose vein treatments. Because insurance plans, coverages, and deductibles are different, we advise you to call your insurance company and discuss what benefits are available to you for the treatment of varicose veins. Typically you will pay your standard specialist co-pay for your consultation.  You will likely have an appointment for ultrasound testing and then a separate follow-up appointment to discuss the results of the testing. During your follow up the provider will determine the best course of action to schedule you for one of our treatment options. Before the actual treatment, we will work with your insurance company to determine any out-of-pocket or co-pay expense that you will be responsible for.

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