June 1, 2018
When the temperatures start to rise, so do hem lines as people bare more to keep cool. You may not be so eager to show off your legs if you suffer from varicose or spider veins. Take comfort in knowing you are not alone. Many people experience both physical and emotional symptoms because of discolored and bulging veins. Here's the good news! Treatment at The Vein Institute can reduce the pain and symptoms of your varicose veins while leaving you with beautiful legs you cannot wait to show off this summer.
A Web of Spider Veins
Spider veins are red, purple, or blue lines in various patterns that show up near the surface of the skin. These veins can be caused by genetics, injuries, trauma, hormones, or underlying varicose veins. Although spider veins do not cause physical pain and symptoms, many patients seek treatment to improve their cosmetic appearance. Treatment for spider veins is known as cosmetic sclerotherapy; a non-invasive procedure done in our comfortable outpatient office setting. Minimal to no downtime is required and patients can resume normal activity after leaving the office.
Varicose Veins Go Deeper
While spider veins are only of cosmetic concern, many people experience symptoms in their legs which can be attributed to larger varicose veins. Chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI may cause:
- Itchiness or prickling
- Fatigue or heaviness
- Pain with walking or standing
- Restless leg syndrome
- Cramps or Charley horses
- Discoloration of skin or ulcers
Patients may experience a combination of these symptoms along with swollen, bulging veins that appear blue or purple. However, you may feel the above symptoms of varicose veins without any visible marks on the legs.
Don't Suffer Any Longer
The Vein Institute offers the newest and most effective treatment options to improve the appearance and symptoms of your varicose veins. Minimally-invasive techniques put patients at less risk of bleeding and infection, are less painful procedures requiring no sedation and limited downtime, require smaller incisions, and have little to no scarring. Some of the options include:
- Vein ablation, which utilizes heat to seal off a problematic vein
- Microphlebectomy, used to remove some of the larger bulging branches off a sealed vein
- Venaseal, one of the newer options that utilizes a type of glue to seal problematic veins
- Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, an injection of solution into a vein that causes irritation to the vein lining which in turn causes them to shrink and close down
An Expert Opinion
Contact us for a free vein screening to learn more about which treatment is best for your varicose or spider veins. We want to help you get your legs looking and feeling ready for summer!