Venous Insufficiency Specialist

Beach Wellness MD

Ali Golshan, MD

Vascular Surgeon located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

Venous insufficiency is a common condition that affects both women and men. It can cause varicose veins and may lead to more severe health complications. Ali Golshan, MD, is a leading vascular specialist who provides minimally invasive solutions for venous insufficiency. Dr. Golshan performs these nonsurgical vein treatments right in the office at Beach Wellness MD in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. To schedule a consultation for venous insufficiency, call the clinic today, or make an appointment online.

Venous Insufficiency Q & A

What is venous insufficiency? 

Venous insufficiency is a condition that occurs when the valves in your blood vessels become damaged or weakened, so your blood doesn’t flow through your veins as it should. This results in circulation problems that cause varicose veins; over time, chronic venous insufficiency can lead to more serious health concerns.

What causes venous insufficiency?

Factors that increase your risk of developing venous insufficiency include:

  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged sitting or standing

Venous insufficiency is more common in adults over the age of 50. Women are more likely to develop the condition than men.

What are the symptoms of venous insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency doesn’t always cause symptoms. However, it can sometimes cause several symptoms, such as:

  • Varicose veins
  • Leg pain
  • Swelling
  • Cramps
  • Itching
  • Skin discoloration

Left untreated, venous insufficiency can lead to ulcers or blood clots.

How is venous insufficiency treated?

Dr. Golshan at Beach Wellness MD specializes in minimally invasive vein treatments. He’s an expert with a procedure called sclerotherapy, which can address venous insufficiency without surgery.

Sclerotherapy uses an injectable liquid or foam medication that causes blood vessels to harden until they close. Blood flow reroutes itself to healthy veins, and the body naturally eliminates the damaged blood vessels through the immune system.

What are the benefits of sclerotherapy for venous insufficiency?

Sclerotherapy is as effective as traditional vein surgery, but it has fewer risks and requires a much shorter recovery period. Sclerotherapy is also more comfortable and less risky than laser or radiofrequency vein treatments.

Additional benefits of sclerotherapy include:

  • Short treatments (10-15 minutes)
  • No anesthesia required
  • Minimal discomfort 
  • Minimal downtime
  • Zero scarring

Sclerotherapy begins to improve venous insufficiency in as little as a week following treatment. Full results are achieved within one month of your sclerotherapy procedure. Sometimes, multiple treatments are necessary for optimal results.

What happens during a sclerotherapy treatment?

You recline comfortably during your brief sclerotherapy treatment. Dr. Golshan begins with a topical numbing spray, and then performs a series of injections using a tiny needle. 

You can return to normal activities right away, but you may need to wear a compression garment and restrict strenuous activity for up to a week after your procedure.

If you suffer from leg pain and varicose veins, or you’ve received a diagnosis of venous insufficiency, schedule a consultation at Beach Wellness MD today, or make an appointment online.