What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are abnormally swollen or stretched veins that bulge from the surface of the skin in a rope-like manner. This occurs when valves become incompetent and prevent normal blood flow from the larger deep veins into the smaller superficial veins.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins or broken capillaries are the small and irregular veins that are purple or blue in color with a web-like appearance. In many cases, achieving good results in the treatment of spider veins depends on the successful treatment of both the deeper vein system and feeder veins. This simple fact is commonly ignored by less experienced physicians, which often leads to the spider veins returning later.
What are the symptoms?
Sadly, many people (and even physicians for that matter) don’t associate these common symptoms with venous disease. Often people will simply attribute these symptoms to aging or extended periods of time on their feet. It’s important to realize that leg pain is NOT a normal condition under any circumstances. As with any progressive disease, it is best to seek treatment as soon after symptoms arise as possible. Here are some of the more common symptoms of venous disease.
- Aching Legs
- Dull Pain/Burning
- Restless Leg
- Sharp Pain
- Leg Sores/Ulcers
What are the causes?
Varicose veins are a progressive disease. Heredity is the most common factor for developing varicose veins. Other causes include pregnancy and obesity. Standing for prolonged periods of time or on a regular basis may also aggravate the problem by allowing blood to pool in the vessels of the legs. Spider veins may occur in combination with large varicose veins as a result of increased vein pressure or on their own due to increased communication between the venous and arterial system through tiny shunts (short cuts).
What are the treatments?
The most successful treatment begins with a complete and comprehensive evaluation of your vein problems by a trained and qualified medical team. A good treatment plan is based on an ultrasound mapping of your vein system to find the root of each individual’s problem. Each case may have more than one option for treatment and may require a combination of treatments. Those can include:
- VeinGogh VeinGogh is the newest treatment for spider veins. This simple and affordable procedure is effective on any part of the body and leaves no scarring. There is no recovery time and you can immediately go into the sun.
- Sclerotherapy Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive method of injecting a medicated solution into the diseased vein. The vein immediately shrinks and then over a period of a couple weeks begins to dissolve completely away. The procedure takes place right in the office and takes only minutes. Here are before and after close-ups of the skin on a patient’s leg.
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