St. Louis Varicose Vein Treatment

Advanced Treatments For Healthier Legs

What Are Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are twisted, bulging blood vessels just under the skin, most often in your calves, but can also be found in your abdomen. When the valves in the blood vessels don’t work properly, the blood backs up and expands the vein to the point that it creates bulging bumps in the skin.

Most varicose veins have no symptoms other than the visible bulges, but some people have painful or tired legs, heaviness, swelling, itching, cramping, inflammation, edema (water retention), redness, discoloration, or bleeding.

Varicose veins can become a serious issue. Left untreated, blood clots can form, leading to Deep Vein Thrombosis, which is a life-threatening condition.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are normally visible in the legs. They may be dark blue or purple and appear to be twisted or bulging. They can cause burning, throbbing, or swelling, and may feel worse after sitting or standing for a long time. Your legs may feel achy or heavy.

Advanced Treatment Options

Dr. Krikorian continuously looks for better ways to treat varicose veins. He never limits your options to standard procedures, but looks for the most forward-thinking treatments and technology from around the globe.

Preventative Measures

To help prevent varicose veins, wear compression socks and follow a healthy diet and exercise plan.


We inject a solution into your varicose veins to close them up, allowing your body to naturally remove them.

Endovenous Ablation

We seal off varicose veins using lasers (radiofrequency energy) or newer technologies like glue, foam, or catheter vein irritation.

Before & After

We’ve treated thousands of people with varicose veins. We’re also able to safely restore the blood flow in your legs.

Get Treated Sooner

Because we’re highly specialized, with seven treatment locations in the St. Louis area, we’re able to schedule your exam and treatment much sooner than other facilities. Call us at 314-849-0923 or complete this contact form to get started.

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What To Expect


When you arrive, you’ll complete a new patient form, which will ask you to list all your current medications. Wear or bring a pair of shorts for the exam, or we can provide a pair. Then we’ll take your vital signs. Dr. Krikorian will discuss your concerns, examine your spider veins, and determine if treatment is recommended.


We will likely treat your spider veins with sclerotherapy, an injection of a medical solution that closes off damaged veins. This is an in-office treatment which we can schedule after your consultation. Learn more about sclerotherapy.


After the procedure, we’ll wrap your legs in ace bandages. You’ll be able to resume normal activities, and remove the bandages 1-2 days later.

Varicose Veins FAQ

Why do I have varicose veins?

The valves in your veins became weak or damaged. It happens with age or other risk factors.

Am I at risk for varicose veins?

Anyone can develop varicose veins, but you’re more at risk if you’ve over 60, female, pregnant, overweight, or have a family history of it. Also, sitting or standing for long periods of time in the same position can put you at risk.

Is treatment covered by insurance?

Varicose veins are a medical issue, so treatment should be covered.

Does the treatment hurt?

There is minimal discomfort during and after procedures.

How long will it take my varicose vein to go away after the procedure?

Bruising and discoloration can happen up to 48 hours after the procedure and will take about 4-6 weeks to resolve completely in most cases. However, in other cases, discoloration could last months.

Will my varicose veins come back after treatment?

It’s possible. If different veins have the same unresolved issue, new varicose veins may form.

Is there a way to prevent varicose veins?

There is no way to completely prevent varicose veins, but you can significantly reduce your risk:

  • Exercise often and manage your weight
  • Don’t sit or stand too long in the same position – change your position every 20-30 minutes
  • Eat a high-fiber, low-salt diet
  • Wear low-heeled shoes

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