Varicose veins are swollen, dark blue or purple blood vessels that you can see and feel beneath the skin. They often look like twisted cords, and usually appear on the calves, inside of the legs, and ankles. Varicose veins form when the valves within a vein weaken and allow some blood to flow backward. The vein weakens and balloons outward, raising the skin surface.

Varicose veins are very common, and Dr. Pazmiño sees many patients who suffer from the condition. Most people with varicose veins seek cosmetic treatment at Miami Aesthetic to reduce their appearance on the legs. Others wish to relieve pain. Treatment often takes care of minor discomfort associated with the condition such as swelling, fatigue, itching and cramps.

Sclerotherapy is the standard treatment for varicose and spider veins. Dr. Pazmiño injects a special sclerosing solution into the weakened vein, which then collapses and is gradually absorbed by the body. By the end of the treatment program, the veins are less visible on the skin surface. Sclerotherapy usually also relieves the painful symptoms associated with enlarged veins.