Varicose Veins Specialist

Rodolfo Farhy, MD, FACC, FAHA -  - Cardiologist

Heart and Vein Center

Rodolfo Farhy, MD, FACC, FAHA

Cardiologist & Cosmetic Specialist located in Lathrup Village, MI

Over 60% of adults in the United States have some degree of varicose veins. These unsightly veins are more than embarrassing; they often cause pain and can increase your risk for medical problems. Dr. Rodolfo Farhy at the Heart and Vein Center has years of experience permanently eliminating varicose veins and spider veins using simple outpatient procedures. Don’t continue to put up with varicose veins. Schedule a consultation by calling his office in Lathrup Village, Michigan, or by booking an appointment online.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins occur when small blood vessels near the skin’s surface enlarge, making the tiny purplish-red veins visible. They often appear on the face and legs, where they affect your appearance but seldom cause pain or other symptoms.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are easy to identify -- they’re abnormally enlarged and gnarled, often resembling ropes that twist up and down your leg. They typically develop in leg veins, because they must work against gravity to transport blood back to your heart.

Muscles in the vein wall and valves inside the veins that keep blood flowing in one direction (up the legs) can weaken or become damaged. When that happens, blood flows backward, accumulates in the vessels and causes varicose veins.

Some people may never experience symptoms, but varicose often cause leg pain, cramps, ankle swelling, leg tiredness, and heavy legs. They may also increase your risk for blood clots, inflammation, cellulitis, and skin ulcers.

Are varicose veins common during pregnancy?

It’s estimated that as many as 40% of pregnant women develop varicose veins during their pregnancies, primarily due to hormone changes that make vein walls relax. You can alleviate or prevent varicose veins during pregnancy by exercising, elevating your legs when possible, and taking frequent breaks during periods of prolonged sitting or standing.

If your pregnancy-related varicose veins don’t go away in three to six months after delivery, Dr. Farhy can safely and effectively treat them at the Heart and Vein Center.

How are varicose veins treated?

Dr. Farhy uses two key treatments to eliminate varicose and spider veins:

  • Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy eliminates visible veins by injecting a medicated foam that irritates the vein walls and causes scarring that blocks blood flow. After the injection, the veins gradually collapse and disappear. Dr. Farhy may do the procedure visually or perform ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy to locate veins that can’t be seen on the skin surface.
  • Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT): EVLT uses lasers operating at a wavelength that’s only absorbed by dark pigments in blood. Dr. Farhy maps your veins using ultrasound, then applies a local anesthetic before inserting a small access tube into the vein. A thin laser fiber is threaded through the tube, then the laser is turned on and its heat permanently closes the abnormal portion of your vein. Over time, the vein shrinks and disappears.