Those creeping, bulging veins on your legs can be quite the eyesore. Perhaps they have even kept you from wearing the clothes you want and have you feeling self-conscious. Leg veins, usually called varicose or spider veins, can also affect your health. They can cause swelling, itching, or throbbing. Learn more about leg veins, their cause, and what non-surgical leg vein treatment options are available.
What Causes Varicose and Spider Veins?
Varicose and spider veins both are caused by the same problem. In your veins, there is a one-way valve that allows blood to travel in only one direction: back to the heart. However, this valve can be damaged or can malfunction. When it does, the valve allows blood to move in the wrong direction where it will pool in the vein, causing the vein wall to bulge so that it is visible under the skin.
What’s the Difference Between Varicose and Spider Veins?
The main differences between varicose and spider veins are color and appearance. Varicose veins will generally appear to be blue, while spider veins are usually red. Varicose veins will also bulge out more than spider veins.
Non-Surgical Leg Vein Treatments
Below are just a couple of the safe and non-surgical leg vein treatments that help get rid of those pesky veins.
Sclerotherapy is one of the most effective non-surgical leg vein treatments available today. For this leg vein treatment, the professional will inject a small amount of a solution into your varicose or spider vein. This solution is able to make the vein wall shrink shut so that it no longer bulges under your skin. Within weeks to months, the vein will close completely.
Endovenous Laser Therapy
Endovenous laser therapy is another non-surgical leg vein treatment. Instead of using an injectable solution like sclerotherapy, endovenous laser therapy uses heat in the form of laser energy. For this treatment, the professional will insert a small tube right into your varicose or spider vein. A thin probe will then be threaded through the tube, and the tip of this probe will heat up while inside the vein, causing it to close permanently.
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Most patients will make excellent candidates for non-surgical leg vein treatment. However, if you are pregnant, taking hormonal birth control, or have a history of blood clots, these treatments may not be for you. Our team at DHR Health Vein Institute will talk through all of your leg vein treatment options during your initial consultation. To learn more about any of these treatments, book an appointment at our office in McAllen so that we can get you smooth, vein-free legs once again. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.