Varicose Veins Specialist

Iftikhar Ahmad, M.D. -  - Medical Spa

MINTS Medical

Iftikhar Ahmad, M.D.

Medical Spa located in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL

Varicose veins are an unsightly problem that can make you feel self-conscious about how your legs look. In some cases, they can become more than just a cosmetic issue. You might have underlying circulatory problems that need to be addressed. At MINTS Medical in Lincoln Square, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad offers safe and effective treatment for patients in Chicago, Illinois, who have varicose veins.

Varicose Veins Q & A



What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Varicose veins can occur almost anywhere in your body, but they’re most common in the legs due to all the pressure placed on them. If you have varicose veins, you might experience any of the following:

  • A feeling of heaviness in your legs.
  • Fatigued legs
  • Swelling of the legs and ankles especially in the afternoon or evening after standing for your job most of the day.
  • Cramps at night.

Visible signs of vericose veins include:

  • Large tortuous blue or red veins.
  • Ankle swelling.
  • Brownish, black discoloration of the skin.
  • Thickening of the skin on the ankles
  • Ulcers in the ankles.

Why do I have varicose veins?

You can develop varicose veins when your veins aren’t able to properly push blood to your heart. Instead, the blood pools in these veins and causes them to bulge.

You might develop varicose veins when your veins lose their elasticity with age or when you go through pregnancy since this condition places added pressure on your legs.

Am I at risk for varicose veins?

Your risk of having varicose veins might be higher if you have one or more risk factors, such as the following:

  • Family history of varicose veins
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Wear and tear due to aging
  • Job or lifestyle that has you sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time

Are varicose veins dangerous?

These veins are usually more of a cosmetic issue, but there are a few complications that can occur. You might have a higher risk of developing blood clots when you have varicose veins. You might also develop ulcers in the affected area. Varicose veins might even cause bleeding!

What are my treatment options for varicose veins?

Dr. Ahmad lets you know which treatment options would be best for you based on certain factors, such as how severe your varicose veins are.

Treatment options for varicose veins range from compression stockings and other self-care measures to laser surgery, radiofrequency, and sclerotherapy. You might only need self-care measures for mild varicose veins, but Dr. Ahmad might recommend more intense treatments for severe varicose veins.

Are varicose vein treatments safe?

Dr. Ahmad offers safe treatments for varicose veins. Some of these treatments, such as laser surgery, don’t involve invasive techniques or anesthesia. If you have any concerns about the safety of recommended treatment options, you can discuss them with Dr. Ahmad.

If you need treatment for varicose veins, please contact MINTS Medical to set up an appointment with Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad.