The Secrets to Treating and Eliminating Unsightly Leg Veins
Troublesome leg veins may make you feel self-conscious and alone. Why can everyone else enjoy shorts or skirts in the warm weather months without a second thought? In reality, although you may feel isolated in this problem, varicose and spider veins are a common affliction, affecting far more than you may realize. Some form of venous disease affects about half of individuals over the age of 50 and 15 to 25 percent of all adults. Fortunately, the embarrassing and often painful conditions are not something that you must simply suffer through.
Understanding the Causes of Leg Veins
Varicose and spider veins are both venous diseases which are common sources of cosmetic concern. Varicose veins are larger, raised, blood vessels that twist and turn and may be observed through the skin. Similarly, spider veins are also visible but are smaller and notable for their red, purple or blue color. While accompanying symptoms can include leg pain, fatigue, and heaviness, these conditions may also cause no physical discomfort at all.
There are a number of factors which may predispose you to developing varicose or spider veins. These include:
· Occupations that require frequent and lengthy standing
· Being overweight
· Hormonal influences or the use of birth control
· History of blood clots
If any of these factors apply to you, there is a higher than average likelihood that you either already have or will develop a venous condition. Of course, just understanding that you have or could have a concern such as varicose or spider veins is not enough. You’ll want to know how to treat them as well.
Treating Leg Veins
Common treatments to ease the symptoms associated with leg veins include support stockings, weight loss, and even surgery. However, there are other, more desirable options to address the aesthetic concerns that come from unsightly leg veins. Here are two of our favorites:
Sclerotherapy – A tried and true method to non-invasively treat leg veins, sclerotherapy uses injections of medication or a saline solution to greatly reduce or eliminate the appearance of the veins. Following the injection, the vein will collapse and close gradually, over a course of 2 weeks to 2 months. Additionally, the treatment can be performed as needed, every four weeks, keeping your legs looking younger and healthier consistently.
Long-Pulsed ND:Yag Laser – When it comes to laser treatment options, the ND:Yag laser is the treatment of choice for physicians. This therapy is ideally suited for small, superficial red or blue veins and has been shown to offer greater than 70 percent clearance. The number of treatments and amount of time needed will vary by patient and is best determined by your board-certified dermatologist.
If varicose or spider veins have left you feeling self-conscious about your appearance, know that you aren’t alone and that treatment does exist. Get your legs looking great for shorts and skirts by visiting one of our board-certified dermatologists and discussing your own treatment options today.