A variety of methods are available to treat vascular disorders. The two most common conditions for which individuals seek treatment are spider veins and varicose veins. Both conditions can have a negative impact on the appearance. Varicose veins can also cause symptoms, most of which will get progressively worse as the day goes on.
In times past, surgery was the only available method for removing problematic veins. This vein stripping surgery is done under general anesthesia. It also requires a hospital stay and some downtime for recovery. Today, there are non-surgical vein treatments available that can eliminate your spider veins and/or varicose veins with little to no downtime and only minimal discomfort, if any at all. If you want to avoid the risks associated with surgical treatments like vein stripping, you should look into non-surgical vein treatments, especially if the treatment is not considered medically necessary.
Varicose veins can impact your appearance if they begin to be visible through the skin. They usually appear as blue streaks, and they can also bulge out from the skin. In addition to the appearance issues associated with them, uncomfortable symptoms can also be produced. People with them often experience aching, numbness, tingling and itching. In many cases, swelling of the legs and ankles is involved as well. The presence of varicose veins can also put individuals at a higher risk for developing blood clots.
Varicose veins form when the valves in the veins of the legs fail to function as they should. They are in place to act as check valves so that gravity does not cause the blood to flow backwards. When these valves are not working, the blood will back up in the veins. Since the blood is trying to flow backwards against the natural pumping action of the heart, additional pressure is placed against the walls of the veins. This causes them to become enlarged and develop into varicose veins.
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, except they develop in the smaller capillaries. They can also develop in the face, as well as the legs. Varicose veins are usually limited to the legs. Spider veins typically do not produce symptoms, usually affecting the appearance only. However, the appearance issue is enough to bother many people with the condition, especially when they appear on the face.
You should consider non-surgical vein treatments at the South Texas Vein Institute if you want to improve your appearance without surgery. You should also consider treatment if you are having symptoms associated with the presence of varicose veins. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Edinburg.