Over the years, you may have noticed a change on your legs or face as small dark blood vessels have begun to twist and turn underneath your skin. These red, purple, or blue lines are known as spider veins. Although they are harmless, they have caused you to feel insecure about your appearance. It may seem like there is nothing that can be done to reduce their visibility, but this is not the case. There are treatments available to reduce their appearance.
Why Do I Have Spider Veins?
Spider veins can occur in anyone and there are several causes, such as heredity. However, they tend to occur more in people who have certain jobs that require a lot of standing, like nurses or teachers. In addition, weight gain and changes in hormones can also cause them to appear.
Certain conditions that cause an increase in pressure will also lead to their development while birth control pills can also cause them. If you have a history of blood clots, they can also result in the spider web appearance.
How Can I Get Rid of Them?
The highly visible veins do not cause any medical complications, only cosmetic issues. However, you can have them treated to help you stop feeling insecure. With Sclerotherapy, a special solution is injected into the veins. This will cause it to swell to reduce the blood flow through it. As this occurs, the vein will collapse and begin to shrink. Over time, the vein will be absorbed by the body to get rid of its appearance.
This is a simple and noninvasive treatment to reduce the visibility of spider and varicose veins. When compared to other treatments, the recovery is minimal and you will experience little discomfort.
After your procedure, it is best to wear compression support stockings for about 72 hours. You will want to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for the next couple of days. Within 48 hours, you can resume your normal activities.
Is the Treatment Effective?
This treatment is safe and effective without causing major side effects. You may develop a slight bruise at the injection site and there may be some discoloration, but it will subside. If the veins are very large, they may not be responsive to this particular therapy, so you may require another option.
Say Good-Bye to Spider Veins
Although you cannot fully avoid your veins becoming darker and more noticeable as you age, you do not have to live with their appearance. With Sclerotherapy, you can restore your confidence using a simple treatment.
About Dr. Connie Casad
Dr. Connie Casad is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology to help her patients achieve optimal overall health and well-being. Her extensive training and qualifications allow her to offer a multifaceted practice to cater to unique needs, including the treatment of spider and varicose veins. If you have questions regarding your treatment options, contact her today to learn more about the solutions that can work for your individual needs.