Varicose veins are those that appear large, swollen and raised. These types of vein appear to twist and turn beneath the surface of the skin. They are most commonly seen on the legs.
Spider veins are much smaller and appear blue, purple, or red. They can be seen through the skin easily, and twist and turn. They may occur on the legs or on the face.
Varicose and spider veins occur for a number of reasons, including: being obese, having a family history of these veins, having a history of blood clots, having conditions that result in increased abdominal pressure like constipation, having hormonal changes due to pregnancy, puberty, or menopause, undergoing post-menopausal hormone replacement, using birth control pills, and working in a job that involves excessive periods of standing like for nursing or factory workers.
Considered the most effective treatment for varicose veins and spider veins that are uncomplicated in nature. Put simply, this procedure involves injecting the veins with a special solution. The solution results in scarring, which causes the blood in the injected vein to reroute to other nearby veins. Over time, the vein collapses, fades and is absorbed by the surrounding tissues. In most cases, veins are visibly reduced in appearance within a few weeks. Some people may need multiple sessions of sclerotherapy to completely fade varicose and spider veins.
Varicose and spider veins do not contribute to medical problems generally. However, many people request sclerotherapy as a cosmetic dermatology treatment in order to eliminate the undesirable appearance of these veins. Sclerotherapy offers patients the chance to have more confidence and pride in their appearance, as opposed to covering up their legs to hide varicose or spider veins. Plus, sclerotherapy is a relatively simple and straightforward procedure that can be done on an outpatient basis.
If you are interested in fading varicose veins or spider veins, call the practice of Dr. T. Joseph Raoof for more information.
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