SEVEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SPIDER AND VARICOSE VEINS
- Posted on: Aug 15 2015
At Allure Skin & Laser Center, we offer two types of vein treatments:
Sclerotherapy, a widely used non-surgical needle procedure that eliminates spider and varicose veins, and the long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser, which is as effective as sclerotherapy, especially in those that are afraid of needles.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Men have them, too. Seventy to 80 percent of patients treated for varicose veins are women but men also suffer from venous diseases, even if they’re less likely to seek treatment.
- They’re not just a cosmetic problem. The most common misconception about varicose veins is that people only get them treated because they’re ‘vain.’ Varicose veins are most often not a health issue, but they shouldn’t be ignored. They cause fatigue of the legs, swelling and discomfort. They can also be a warning of deep vein thrombosis, blood clots and poor circulation.
- They are genetic. You can inherit the tendencies from either, or both sides of the family, and they can even skip a generation.
- Crossing your legs and wearing high heels don’t cause varicose veins. The pooling of blood is more commonly caused by prolonged standing and/or sitting. Other causes may be pregnancy, obesity, smoking, lack of exercise and hormonal birth control.
- Other than professional treatment, there’s no proven way to reduce their appearance. Some patients do use makeup to cover up their prominent veins. You can ease the painful symptoms with compression stockings or panty hose
- Exercise is the best way to prevent spider and varicose veins. The more active and healthy you are the better…walking is one of the best exercises
- Varicose veins and spider veins aren’t the same thing
Spider veins are:
Small, thin blood vessels seen just under the skin;
Usually harmless; and
Can be a symptom of poor circulation.
Varicose veins are:
Stretched-out veins where blood has pooled;
Thick, ropey and protrude out of legs; and
Occur when one-way valves don’t work properly.
Call us at 630-818-7546 for a consultation, today!
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