Varicose Veins Specialist

Advanced Vein Treatment and Cosmetic Center

Amjad Safvi, MD

Board Certified Vein and Vascular Specialist & Cosmetic Specialist located in Lake Zurich, IL & Chicago Ridge, IL

Around 20% of all adults get varicose veins. They’re most common in people aged over 50, but anyone can develop unsightly and often uncomfortable or painful varicose veins. Amjad Safvi, MD, is a board-certified vein and vascular specialist at Advanced Vein Treatment and Cosmetic Center, with locations in Lake Zurich and Chicago Ridge, Illinois, who offers various varicose vein treatments. Find out how Medicaid or your health insurance can cover your vein treatment and schedule a free consultation — call or book online.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What causes varicose veins?

Blood circulates your body through arteries and veins. The arteries carry blood away from the heart, and the veins return it. The veins in your legs are upright, so blood has to flow against gravity on its way back to the heart.  

Typically, a combination of contracting muscles and elastic vein walls push the blood up the veins, and tiny valves in your veins open and close to stop the blood from flowing back down. However, if these valves are weak, there’s nothing to keep the blood from dropping back down and pooling inside the vein. It’s this pooling that causes the veins to become twisted and bulge.

Any activity or condition that weakens veins or places them under great stress is more likely to cause them to be varicose veins. Those most at risk are people who are: 

  • Living an inactive lifestyle
  • Aged over 50
  • Pregnant
  • Overweight 
  • Living with venous insufficiency 

If you think you may be at risk of developing varicose veins, speak with Dr. Safvi at Advanced Vein Treatment and Cosmetic Center to discuss your preventive care options. If you have varicose veins, he offers solutions to remove them.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Varicose vein symptoms vary depending on the severity of the vein damage. They may or may not be painful, but they all exhibit similar visual characteristics. The veins turn a dark purple or blue and appear raised and twisted — many people liken them to cords. 

If varicose veins do cause you pain or discomfort, symptoms often include:

  • Itching around the veins
  • Skin discoloration
  • Heavy-feeling or tired legs
  • Aching
  • Swollen legs or ankles
  • Burning or throbbing sensation

You may also find your symptoms worsen after you’ve sat or been on your feet for a long time. 

Before treating you for varicose veins, Dr. Safvi performs an ultrasound to understand the extent of your condition. He then talks through his recommended approach to treatment.

How do you treat varicose veins?

Advanced Vein Treatment and Cosmetic Center offers several varicose vein treatments, including:

  • Endovenous laser ablation
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Phlebectomy

Living with varicose veins can affect your quality of life, but it doesn’t have to get that far. Dr. Safvi at Advanced Vein Treatment and Cosmetic Center works with Medicare and most health insurance companies to ensure your varicose vein treatment is fully covered. Schedule a free consultation today — call the practice or book online.