As summer comes to a close, you may be dreading the thought of having to cover up your legs again. You'll likely want to get the most out of the last few weeks of warm weather and wear your favorite outfits while the sun is still shining. But, if you're like many women, you might have some spider veins that you'd rather not show off. If you're still holding out hope, the good news is that there is an effective, hassle-free treatment available to help minimize the appearance of these unsightly leg veins so you can still ring in the new season with confidence.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small, thin veins that are close to the surface of the skin. They are often found on the legs and usually appear blue, red, or purple. Varicose veins and spider veins are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they actually refer to two different conditions. Both varicose and spider veins are enlarged blood vessels that can be seen just under the skin. Varicose veins are larger, twisted vessels that often appear as a result of a blood clot. Spider veins, on the other hand, are much smaller and have a web-like appearance. They are usually not dangerous but can be painful or uncomfortable, and are often a cosmetic concern for many women.
Both varicose veins and spider veins occur when blood vessels become enlarged or dilated. This can happen for a number of reasons, including a blood clot or valve damage. When valves in the veins become damaged, they allow blood to flow backward and pool in the vein. This enlarges the vein and can cause spider or varicose veins.
There are several factors that can contribute to the development of varicose and spider veins. Age is one of the biggest risk factors, as the valves in your veins can weaken over time. Other risk factors include pregnancy, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle. If you have any of these risk factors, you may be more likely to develop varicose or spider veins. However, there are also some simple lifestyle changes that you can make to help prevent them. For example, regular exercise can help to improve circulation and prevent the pooling of blood in your veins. Wearing loose-fitting clothes can also help to reduce pressure on your veins. If you have concerns about spider veins, you should seek out a specialist for treatment.
How Can I Treat Spider Veins?
While it may seem like you'll have to live with spider veins forever, there are more ways to remove spider veins than you think. One of the easiest options for spider vein removal is sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is a spider vein treatment that involves injecting a solution directly into the spider veins. The solution irritates the lining of the veins, causing them to swell and collapse. As a result, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins and the spider veins gradually fade away. The procedure can also relieve some of the physical symptoms that accompany spider veins like swelling, burning, or itching.
Sclerotherapy is an alternative to laser treatment, which patients appreciate since laser vein treatments can be more expensive and require a more lengthy recovery time. Although, sclerotherapy can also be combined with laser vein treatments, before or after, to further improve results.
There are many reasons why sclerotherapy is a favorite among our patients at PURE MediSpa. Some of the benefits you can enjoy from sclerotherapy are:
- The treatment is minimally invasive, so you don't have to worry about a risky procedure.
- Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective procedure, providing lasting results with no hassle.
- There is no need for anesthesia or any type of numbing agent, as it is a non-surgical procedure.
- There is little to no downtime involved in the recovery from sclerotherapy. You can return to work and your normal activities immediately following the procedure.
- Most spider vein treatments take less than 30 minutes, so you can be in and out quickly.
- With such instant results, you can see a noticeable difference in the appearance of your spider veins immediately following treatment.
If you're looking for a spider vein treatment that is minimally invasive, safe, and effective, sclerotherapy may be the right choice for you. Don't let spider veins be a hindrance to your daily life and self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with the PURE Medi-Spa today to learn more about sclerotherapy.
Dr. Scott Mckenna, MD, and his highly experienced team of medical estheticians specialize in professional treatment options to help you feel and look your best. Schedule your free consultation online(opens in a new tab) or call us at (570)-941-8460 for more information.