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Skin Discoloration

Skin discoloration happens when red blood cells get stuck under the skin, which happens in the more progressive stages of venous reflux disease. 

What Causes Skin Discoloration?

As venous reflux disease progresses, pressure within the vein walls can build to a point where red blood cells come apart and the iron in the hemoglobin “stains” the skin.

In its advanced stages, people suffering from venous reflux may experience:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Throbbing
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Muscle cramping
  • Restless Legs
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Ulceration

What are Treatment Options for Skin Discoloration?

Associated skin discoloration from the advanced stages of venous reflux disease can take some time to dissipate after the source of the problem has been rectified. Once the diseased veins have been treated, fresh, oxygenated blood is able to revive tissue areas that have literally taken a beating from years of chronic backflow and pooling. This “new blood” prevents further discoloration and gradually helps repair damaged tissue for a noticeable, albeit gradual, return of natural skin color.

See our treatments tab to learn about the vein treatments we recommend and offer at Hamilton Vein Center.

Contact Us

If you notice skin discoloration of your legs, call today to schedule your consultation with the vein specialists at Hamilton Vein Center. We are dedicated to our patients and the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease with offices in Houston including Sugar Land, Bellaire, Kingwood, Katy, Clear Lake, The Woodlands, Lake Jackson, and Willowbrook. In Austin, we are located in Round Rock and South Austin.