Brown discoloration in the legs is a sure sign of venous insufficiency even in the absence of visible varicose veins. It usually begins as freckling then becomes more confluent and darker. The pigmentation can also occur after treatment with sclerotherapy over the treated veins. It can be particularly prominent in people with medium to medium-dark skin tones. The color is from iron containing breakdown products from blood that settle outside the vein. This pigmentation is a sign that treatment should be sought. The pigment itself is relatively harmless, but can be difficult to treat. There are treatments designed to lighten or eliminate the pigmentation once your veins are treated.
Dr. Brian Davison and the rest of the team at The Vanishing Vein are proud to provide vein treatments and other cosmetic procedures to patients throughout Framingham, Boston, Newton, Worcester, Cambridge, Lowell and Quincy, MA. We service all of New England.