Varicose Veins

Hamptons Vein & Vascular  -  - Phlebology

Hamptons Vein & Vascular

Phlebology located in Rutherford, NJ & Westfield, NJ

Whether you want to eliminate your varicose veins for cosmetic reasons or you need to relieve symptoms like painful, tired legs, you’ll get exceptional treatment at Hampton Vein & Vascular in Westfield and Rutherford, New Jersey. The practice specializes in treating varicose veins, using long-standing sclerotherapy, as well as today’s most advanced therapies like radiofrequency ablation. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices or use the online booking feature.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What causes varicose veins?

The veins in your legs carry blood up your legs so it can return to your heart. As the blood goes against gravity, your body relies on leg muscle contractions to help push the blood along and one-way valves inside the veins that open to let blood go up, and close to prevent it from going back down the leg.

When a valve weakens, it allows blood to reflux backward, until the next healthy valve stops it on its way down the vein. As blood accumulates between the weak and healthy valves, the vein enlarges, and you develop varicose veins.

The combination of poor circulation and the build-up of refluxed blood increases pressure in the veins. High venous pressure weakens other valves and leads to other vein problems.

Any of the following increase your risk of developing varicose veins.

  • Gender: Women have three times the risk compared to men
  • Age: Your risk increases with age; 70% of 70-year-olds have varicose veins or spider veins
  • Hormonal changes: Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause increase the risk of varicose veins
  • Obesity: Being overweight or obese places pressure on the veins, leading to varicose veins
  • Occupation: Prolonged sitting or standing makes your veins work harder to pump blood to your heart

A family history of vein problems also increases your risk of vein problems such as varicose veins.

What symptoms develop due to varicose veins?

Varicose veins are dark blue and purple, enlarged, gnarled, and bulge above your skin, yet despite their appearance, they may not cause symptoms. Many patients visit Hampton Vein & Vascular because they want to eliminate the veins to improve the appearance of their legs.

However, varicose veins can cause symptoms such as:

  • Painful or aching legs
  • Tired legs
  • Swollen legs
  • Burning or itching around the veins
  • Discolored skin
  • Skin rashes

When varicose veins go untreated, complications such as a blood clot and venous stasis ulcers can develop whether or not you have symptoms. 

How are varicose veins treated?

There are multiple treatment options available at Hampton Vein & Vascular for varicose veins, such as:


Hampton Vein & Vascular offers two types of sclerotherapy: An injection of a liquid sclerosing agent and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. In both treatments, the medication makes the veins shrink and close. The remaining scar tissue is gradually absorbed by your body, and blood flow is rerouted to nearby healthy veins.

The difference between the two treatments is that liquid sclerotherapy is injected into the vein, where it mingles with blood until it reaches the vein wall. Foam sclerotherapy expands, displacing blood and reaching a larger area of the vein wall at full strength. The foam may be a better option for larger veins.

Radiofrequency ablation

Hampton Vein & Vascular uses the Venefit™ procedure, which relies on radiofrequency energy to eliminate varicose veins. Using ultrasound to view the radiofrequency catheter and vein, your provider inserts the catheter and guides it to the end of varicosity. As they slowly pull the catheter out of the vein, the catheter sends out pulses of radiofrequency energy that collapse the vein wall. As your body slowly absorbs the treated tissue, varicosity disappears.

If you’re ready to get rid of varicose veins, call Hampton Vein & Vascular or schedule an appointment online.