These days, many women lack confidence in the appearance of their legs because of the presence of spider veins or varicose veins. Though they may not be aesthetically pleasing, spider and varicose veins are not always a medical concern. So, what are spider veins and varicose veins? Are they the same?
Spider veins are small clusters of purple, blue, or red veins. They appear on the ankles, calves, and thighs. Often, spider veins become visible during youth. In other cases, the spider veins do not become noticeable until later in life. There is a variety of life factors that can cause an individual to develop spider veins in their legs. These include pregnancy, hormonal shifts, heredity, weight fluctuation, and occupations that necessitate extensive sitting.
Varicose veins are enlarged gnarled veins. Any vein of the body can become varicose. However, the veins most likely to be affected are those of the feet and legs. This is because walking upright and standing increases pressure applied to the veins of the lower body. Often, varicose veins are just a small cosmetic concern.
However, varicose veins can also generate extensive discomfort and pain. In some cases, varicose veins can lead to serious issues. It’s also important to note that varicose veins can signal a greater susceptibility to debilitating conditions such as circulatory problems. There are several treatment options available for individuals who struggle with varicose veins, including procedures by our doctors to remove or close veins. There are also self-care measures available for treatment.
One solution for spider veins and varicose veins is Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic procedure that involves injecting a solution into the patient’s spider or varicose vein. The solution causes the vein to collapse, after which it will eventually fade.
In addition to medical treatment options, there are also more conservative treatments for spider veins and varicose veins. These include walking or other physical activity, elevating the legs, wearing compression stockings and avoiding periods of extended standing or sitting. These simple techniques can help regulate blood flow and maintain healthy veins.
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If you currently struggle with spider veins or varicose veins, you don’t have to feel uncomfortable or lose confidence in your physical appearance. Contact South Texas Vein Institute to find out whether Sclerotherapy is the appropriate procedure to help limit or eliminate the appearance of the veins. Our doctors can determine the safest and most effective treatment for your needs.