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Varicose veins and spider veins are common conditions that affect millions of adults in the United States. While not usually harmful, they can be unsightly, difficult to hide, and can cause uncomfortable sensations and even pain in some instances. At Personique On The Spot, we offer help and hope for those struggling with varicose veins and spider veins.
You do not need to suffer silently with unappealing, highly visible veins on your legs or other parts of your body. There is a solution.
Varicose veins are dark blue, blue-green, or red, and they can look rope-like, corded and twisted, and are usually highly visible. Some patients describe them as appearing raised or swollen. While they can occur in other parts of the body, they are most common on the legs and the feet.
As mentioned, in most instances, they are simply cosmetic concerns. However, they can cause pain and discomfort, and in rare situations, they can cause serious health concerns and may signal that there is a deeper issue with the circulatory system.
Spider veins are a milder version of varicose veins and tend to be thinner. They get their name because their pattern resembles the legs of a spider or the strands of a spider’s web. They can be various colors, including red, purple, and blue. These appear most often on the legs and face. Spider veins do not cause pain or discomfort, but they can be highly visible, particularly if they develop on the face.
Many causes can lead to the development of varicose veins, but the ultimate cause is a failure of the valves that prevent blood from flowing backward, rather than strictly pumping blood towards the heart. Your blood vessels contain tiny valves that open and close to prevent blood from moving backward, toward your feet, and force it to move upward toward your heart. These valves allow your veins to work against the force of gravity.
However, these valves can fail. When this occurs, gravity takes over and the blood pools in the veins rather than continuing to flow back upward to the heart. As blood pools, the veins bulge outward, growing larger, and taking on the bulging, corded look of varicose veins.
Factors that can contribute to the development of varicose veins include:
Note that you are also at increased risk of developing varicose veins as you grow older through natural wear and tear to the valves in the blood vessels of your legs.
Spider veins and varicose veins have similar causes. However, a major cause associated with spider veins on the legs is spending extended periods of time on your feet. People in professions that stand all day are often prone to this condition.
However, note that spider veins that appear on the face are not due to prolonged standing. Rather, common causes of facial spider veins include:
The visual appearance of vascular vein conditions like varicose veins and spider veins is often the first sign or symptom that patients report. However, there are other symptoms that can be present with these conditions, including:
While spider veins generally do not result in problems other than being highly visible and unattractive, varicose veins can have very real complications. Some patients develop serious, painful ulcers around their ankles due to long-term fluid buildup. Others form blood clots in the affected veins that can threaten their health. In some instances, varicose veins can burst and bleed under the skin.
Diagnosing vascular vein conditions is an essential part of the treatment process. Initially, a visual assessment will be conducted while the patient is sitting or standing. Additional strategies for diagnosis include:
Once an official diagnosis has been made, a treatment plan can be put into place.
Treatment is necessary to remedy existing varicose veins and spider veins. However, the formation of new ones can be prevented by:
Vascular vein laser treatments use high-intensity light to precisely target and heat the lesion while protecting the surrounding skin. Small red spider veins on the face or lower body can be treated, as well as larger blue-green colored veins on the legs. Patients will notice improvements after one treatment with no downtime, although multiple sessions may be required to see ideal results.
There are two main types of laser treatment used to treat vascular vein conditions:
With any laser procedure, most patients can walk immediately following the treatment. With simple laser treatment, there should be no impact on your regular daily activities. With an endovenous laser treatment, it’s usually necessary to wear compression stockings for at least a week following the procedure.
To learn more about vascular vein laser treatment, or to schedule a free consultation, please give us a call at (512) 599-8672, or simply fill out the form to the right and someone from our office will be in touch with you shortly.