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August 13, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Varicose Veins  

Say goodbye to unsightly veins when to you turn to our vascular doctor in St. Louis, MO.

Do your varicose veins cause your legs to look like roadmaps? If so, then you may be tired of just covering this problem up. Of course, if Vericose veinsthe idea of wear long pants in the summertime and not getting to enjoy days at the pool sounds less-than-ideal then our St. Louis, MO, vascular surgeon Ayaz Malik, MD, FACS and Rachael Brewer, FNP-C offer advanced treatment options that will help you get rid of varicose and spider veins.


Are varicose veins and spider veins the same?

While weakened blood vessel walls cause both varicose and spider veins to develop it’s important to recognize that these veins are different. Spider veins are often very thin blue or red branch-like lines that do not cause symptoms while varicose veins are bulging blue blood vessels that often pop out from the surface of the skin.

Not only do varicose veins impact your appearance but they can also cause unpleasant symptoms such as swelling, cramping, stinging and discomfort, most often in the legs where they commonly appear. While they aren’t known to cause blood clots or other serious complications sometimes the symptoms associated with varicose veins can be uncomfortable or can worsen over time.


How can Vein Specialties get rid of my varicose veins?

In the past, traditional surgical methods for removing varicose veins often left patients having to deal with several weeks of post-surgical recovery and visible scars; fortunately, thanks to modern medical technology, we offer several ways to remove varicose veins without the need for more invasive surgical techniques.


Laser Ablation

Specifically known as endovenous laser ablation, this procedure is performed under local anesthesia and can be completed in about 30 minutes. During this procedure, a tiny fiber is inserted into the vein where the diode laser will then heat up and seal the vein. Since the vein is sealed, blood can no longer pass through it. Over time the body will reabsorb the vein. Most patients can return to their normal activities in about two days after this treatment.



During this minor surgical procedure, our vascular surgeon will make a small incision into the skin to remove the vein with a special surgical tool that will allow us to remove rather large varicose veins through a very tiny incision, which means a subtle and often unnoticeable scar. If you have deeper varicose veins we may recommend getting this treatment along with endovenous laser ablation for the best results.



This procedure is recommended if you have larger varicose veins. During sclerotherapy, our St. Louis, MO, vascular specialist will inject a special solution into the veins to cause them to collapse. Just like with ablation therapy, once the vein collapses it will be reabsorbed by the body.


Varicose vein treatment could get you one step closer to feeling more confident in your appearance. Call Dr. Ayaz Malik and his team at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, Missouri today at (314) 993-8233. Or visit us online at

February 05, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Varicose Veins  

Find out how to eliminate this embarrassing and sometimes uncomfortable issue.varicose veins

Are blue bulging veins the first things you notice when looking at your legs and feet? Do you feel embarrassed by these issues and avoid wearing some of the clothes you love because of it? Do you want to fix this problem before the warmer months kick in? If so, our St. Louis, MO, board-certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Norman Bein, is here to tell you more about varicose veins and how to treat this problem.

What are the causes and risk factors for varicose veins?

It’s fairly common for people to develop varicose veins as they get older. That’s because the veins aren’t as elastic as they used to be, which can cause them to stretch and weaken over time.

Other risk factors include:

  • Gender (women are more likely to develop varicose veins)
  • Genetics
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Pregnancy

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Most people know if they have varicose veins because they can see the blue and purple veins. While some people will have varicose veins but never experience any symptoms there are others who notice burning, throbbing or aching in the legs or feet because of this issue. The pain may be exacerbated if you sit or stand for long periods of time.

No matter whether you are experiencing symptoms or you are just unhappy with the way your legs or feet look because of varicose veins, our St. Louis vein specialist can provide you with the care you need to reduce symptoms and prevent the problem from getting worse.

How are varicose veins treated?

There are lifestyle modifications you can incorporate into your daily life to reduce and manage your varicose vein symptoms. Lifestyle modifications include losing excess weight, wearing compressions socks or stockings, elevating your legs when sitting, not standing or sitting for long periods of time and wearing loose-fitted clothing.

However, if you want to eliminate your varicose veins then you’ll want to talk to Dr. Bein about different treatment options. Laser treatment is an outpatient procedure that will heat up and destroy the veins painlessly in about one hour. If you are dealing with very large varicose veins then a microphlebectomy, a procedure to remove the vein, can also be very successful. The procedure does not require stitches, as the varicose veins are removed through tiny punctures.

If you want to say goodbye to those gnarled, unsightly veins then it’s time you turned to the Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO, for care. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with us.

By Vein Specialities
January 13, 2017
Category: Dermatology

Having varicose veins can be uncomfortable; many people find them unsightly, so they wear clothes to keep them covered even in hot Varicose Veinsweather. Other people experience pain within the veins, which makes enjoying normal activities difficult. At Vein Specialties in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Norman Bein and his staff want to help people reduce their discomfort and improve their appearance with skin rejuvenation treatments specifically designed to eliminate varicose and spider veins. Many patients have questions about these treatments, so we've answered a few of them here.

What are varicose veins?

When blood vessels close to the surface of the skin become enlarged, they are known as varicose veins. They can be blue, purple or red in color; the larger veins can be "ropey" and "puffy" and the smaller capillaries appear as tiny web-like strands known as spider veins. Some varicose veins can be painful, especially after long periods of sitting. Your St. Louis vein specialist can typically diagnose varicose veins through a quick ultrasound examination and discussion of your medical history.

Will varicose veins go away on their own?

Women often develop varicose veins during pregnancy due to hormones; many times, these veins recede after birth. However, most people have a genetic predisposition to varicose veins, meaning that if your parents or another close relative dealt with them, your own chances of having them are fairly high. Unfortunately, there's not much you can do to prevent varicose veins, and they typically worsen with age.

How can my varicose veins be treated?

There are several ways our St. Louis vein specialists can treat your varicose veins. Laser treatments or minimally invasive surgical procedures are performed in-office, and insurance covers painful varicose vein treatments. Recovery times short and the results more quickly apparent. All the treatments available are aimed at collapsing the varicose veins, which will then cause the body to absorb them. The discoloration and discomfort associated with the veins will be minimized or eliminated, giving your skin a more youthful appearance.

If you're tired of dealing with varicose veins, we here at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, Missouri, can help you! Contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment today!

By Vein Specialities
November 29, 2016
Category: Aesthetic
Tags: Varicose Veins  

Do you have unsightly varicose veins? Find out how they could be eliminated.

Varicose veins: this unsightly little issue may not be serious to your health but it can make you embarrassed to wear shorts or skirts during the warmer months. Varicose veins is an inherited condition. While anyone can get varicose veins, these visibly enlarged veins tend to affect women more. If you have varicose veins that you desperately want to get rid of, our St. Louis, MO vein specialist, Dr. Norman Bein has answers on how to treat this cosmetic issue.

What can cause varicose veins?

There are many things that can be responsible for the development of varicose veins including:

  • Obesity
  • Hormonal fluctuations (e.g. pregnancy; menopause, taking birth control pills)
  • Occupations that require you to stand for long periods of time
  • Heredity
  • A personal history of blood clots
  • Trauma to the skin

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Those with varicose veins are also more likely to experience cramping, pain, restlessness, burning, tingling or even heaviness in their legs. Those with varicose veins may find that their symptoms actually get better when elevating their feet or when wearing compression stockings.

What are some ways to treat varicose veins?

Firstly, an evaluation by a board-certified surgeon, vascular trained like Dr. Norman Bein is important. This will include an ultrasound examination. We also have a Vascular Technologist that performs their own exams at the same time as your visit.  If there are symptoms such as heaviness, aching, pain, cramping, skin discoloration and restlessness we will recommend a trial of conservative treatment including compression hose, exercise, elevating legs, or taking an anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Aleve. 

Compression stockings: You can find these medical stockings at your local pharmacy in many different styles and they can help to reduce some of your pain and discomfort.

Changes to your lifestyle: If obesity is causing your varicose veins, you can manage your symptoms by dedicating time and energy to exercise, eating healthier and losing weight to maintain a healthier weight.

The length of time varies from insurance plans.  All the treatment options will be discussed but they are all done in the office under local anesthetic.  Walk in, walk out.  Recovery time is short and most people are out and about the next day.  If we have found an underlying reflux (backflow) in a saphenous vein, this is sealed from the inside using a laser.  The actual varicose veins are removed through tiny punctures, no stitches needed.  After healing, there will be little or no marks and you are ready to show off your legs.

If you want to finally say goodbye to varicose veins then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO. Revel in the freedom of being able to confidently wear shorts and bathing suits again!

By Vein Specialties
January 21, 2016
Category: Veins
Tags: Varicose Veins  

What Can I Do about My Varicose Veins? Current treatment options for varicose veins

You’ve noticed the veins in your legs are much more prominent than before. They are enlarged and bulging and sometimes painful. You stand a lot at your job and you’re wondering if that might be why your legs don’t look like they used to. You may have varicose veins, but varicose veinsthat doesn’t mean you need to be stuck with them. There are modern treatment options available, and the professionals at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO are just the people who can help.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins--commonly in your feet and legs--caused by the pressure on veins from constant standing or walking. You might not feel any symptoms at all, and varicose veins are just a common cosmetic problem for you; however, varicose veins can also be painful, causing a persistent throbbing ache.

How Can You Treat Varicose Veins?

There are some things you can do to prevent or lessen the effects of varicose veins, including:

  • Manage your weight to minimize pressure on your legs and leg veins
  • Follow a low salt diet to prevent water retention and swelling in your legs
  • Walk frequently to stimulate blood circulation in your legs
  • Wear low-heeled shoes and loose clothes
  • Don’t sit with your legs crossed
  • Move around every 30 minutes, and don’t sit or stand for long periods
  • Elevate your legs frequently

You should see the St. Louis doctors at Vein Specialties if you continue to have problems. Your doctor can suggest additional treatments including:

  • Laser treatments - to seal varicose veins
  • Microphlebotomy - to remove large surface veins
  • Diode laser treatments - the treatment of choice for vein ablation

Don't let varicose veins interrupt your life. Whether they are a cosmetic issue or causing painful symptoms, there is help. Explore the Vein Specialties website for more information on available treatments for varicose veins. You owe it to yourself to see a specialist, so call the professionals at Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO. Don’t wait, call today and get rid of the pain of varicose veins!