Varicose Veins Specialist

Dr. Jovanovic, OBGYN & Cosmetic Surgery

OB/GYNs & Cosmetic Surgeons located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Have you noticed unsightly veins appearing on your face and/or your legs? Naturally, you want your smooth complexion back. Dr. Jovanovic, OBGYN & Cosmetic Surgery on the Upper East Side, New York City, New York, uses the most modern laser technology to restore your facial complexion to its original beauty and your legs to smooth, unblemished skin.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Valves that aren’t working properly and are attached to your veins cause a condition called varicose veins. The valves normally open and close to let blood through; when they stop alternating regularly, blood stays in one area of the vein, increasing pressure in that area and causing the vein to bulge. You may have seen leg veins that protrude from the skin slightly; these are inflamed varicose veins. Veins just under the skin, called superficial veins, are not surrounded by as much muscle as veins deep within your system. They don’t get as much support and are more likely to become varicose. Veins deep inside our legs can also become varicose, but we can’t see them. These can be dangerous because they can form clots that can travel to the lungs or heart, causing embolisms.  

What causes varicose veins?

If you work in an occupation that requires you to stand on your feet for long periods of time--from waitress to surgeon--you may develop varicose veins. Alternatively, if you are bed-ridden for a while due to an illness, you can develop varicose veins; weak muscles can't pump blood through your system effectively, which can cause blood to pool. Weight gain, including pregnancy, is also a factor in varicose veins, because the weight puts increased pressure on your legs.

How can physicians tell if I have a varicose vein inside my leg that I can’t see?

Dr. Jovanovic OB/GYN and Cosmetic Surgery use the powerful Samsung H60 Ultrasound to determine the causes of your varicose veins. This type of sophisticated imaging allows Dr. Jovanovic to see under the skin and make the correct diagnosis. This complete vascular examination of your veins and valves allows the practice to design a course of treatment to meet your needs.