Varicose veins, which are swollen veins that have become twisted and enlarged and where faulty valves have caused blood to pool, are an unsightly problem for many people. In most cases they do not appear until a person is over 30 but prevention efforts in one’s twenties can help. Although susceptibility to developing varicose veins is hereditary, blood flow restriction in the legs causes them to appear so get up and move around as much as possible in your twenties to reduce their severity in your thirties. When you sit or stand for a long period of time the blood in your legs may start to pool and increase the pressure in your veins
Varicose veins most often appear in women, those who are overweight, and those with a family history of having them. Called spider veins when they’re smaller, varicose veins are usually harmless and pose no major health risk. They may however be a major problem to those who have them and are embarrassed to show their legs. There are various treatments available to diminish varicose veins and get you feeling confident to bare your legs again.
Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment option where a liquid chemical is used to close off a vein and consequently make it fade away. The treatment scars the inside of the veins so that they are no longer able to fill with blood and your body will then absorb them. Sclerotherapy may require several treatments and each treatment lasts about 15 minutes. Laser light therapy is a non-invasive way to make smaller varicose veins collapse or dissolve. The heat from the lasers will ultimately cause the veins to dissolve or collapse depending on the laser, and your body will absorb the collapsed vessel.
More invasive surgical procedures may also be used depending on the severity and size of the individual’s veins. Consult with your dermatologist who can help you determine which treatment would be best for your particular situation. Spider veins aren’t exactly aesthetically pleasing and also aren’t essential to blood transportation. The best thing you can do if you are self-conscious about your spider veins is get them treated and get back to wearing and doing what you want!
Contact Advanced Dermatology today to schedule a consultation for your spider veins. We have 13 conveniently located offices in New York and New Jersey. Our offices are located in and serve the surrounding areas of: Manhattan, Fresh Meadows, Bayside, Ossining, Briarcliff, Park Slope, Commack, East Setauket, Roslyn Heights, and West Islip in New York as well as Summit and Ridgewood in New Jersey. Click here for three ways to book an appointment.