Darkening of the Skin in Jersey City, NJ
Vein and Skin Studio of Bayonne was founded by board-certified general surgeon and phlebologist Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski to offer high-quality care for people with conditions such as skin darkening, which is caused by vein disease.
What is Darkening of the Skin?
Vein disease can cause a variety of symptoms on the surface of the skin, such as skin discoloration or skin darkening. Skin darkening that is linked to vein disease is normally visible around the ankles. This darkening typically displays itself as brown or black patches.
What are the Symptoms of Darkening of the Skin?
Blood pooling in the legs and skin discoloration due to venous reflux can cause a number of symptoms including:
- Inflamed and irritated skin
- Redness and itching
- Oozing fluid
- Open sores
- Scabbing or crusting
The symptoms of skin discoloration in those who have advanced venous reflux can be more severe. In this situation, an area can turn brown or red, and the skin grows hardened similar to a scar. A venous disease that has gone untreated for years often causes severe symptoms, but some symptoms can also occur in some people quite suddenly.
What Causes Darkening of the Skin?
Varicose veins are often thought of as enlarged, painful veins that are visible near the skin’s surface. However, varicose veins can also develop deep inside the body. When a vein grows weak, red blood cells may leak through its walls. The red blood cells then can become trapped under the skin and destroyed. This causes those cells to release hemoglobin that contains iron. The iron is the cause of the darkened skin.
Some causes of venous disease include:
- Genetics – The number one factor contributing to venous disease
- Pregnancy – Elevated hormone levels, blood volume, and leg vein pressure increases a woman’s risk
- Injury – Flow of blood can become restricted due to vein injury
- Obesity – Progress of venous disease may increase in obese patients
What Should I do If I Have Darkening of the Skin?
Skin darkening usually indicates a deeper problem beneath your skin. Darkening of the skin can sometimes turn into a leg ulcer. If you are currently experiencing skin darkening, you should schedule an appointment with us right away so that the cause of your skin discoloration can be determined.
Treatment for Darkening of the Skin
Since discoloration of the skin is caused by advanced venous disease, you should allow some time for healing once the cause of venous reflux has been addressed.
Potential treatments for skin discoloration are foam sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation therapy, and ambulatory phlebectomy.
After the underlying condition has been treated, fresh, oxygenated blood will come back to the affected tissues, halting the progress of skin discoloration and allowing the gradual repair of tissues. The natural skin color in affected areas should not be expected to return. Instead, the focus is on preventing further skin damage.
How Much Does Skin Discoloration Treatment Cost?
The cost of the treatment varies with the individual. You have a number of options for paying for your treatment. At Vein and Skin Studio, we accept payment in the form of cash, personal checks, and credit cards. We also offer financing with CareCredit® for our patients.
Residents of Bayonne and the neighboring towns in New Jersey can have their skin discoloration treated at Vein and Skin Studio. If you need help, please contact board-certified general surgeon and phlebologist Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski for the personal care and expert treatment you deserve.