Some say spider veins and varicose veins are a rite of passage in aging, like gray hair or wrinkles. But are the warped purple or bluish lines on your legs really a symbol of a life well-lived? And what if you get them while you are still relatively young? Our experts at DHR Health Vein Institute have effective and convenient treatments to help get rid of spider veins and varicose veins.
What are Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
Although people use the term spider veins to describe varicose veins, the two are different. Spider veins are twisted, small blood vessels that you can see through the skin. They may look red, purple, or blue. Most of the time, they are located on your legs or your face. They are called spider veins because of their resemblance to a spiderweb.
Varicose veins refer to the larger blood vessels that have swelled and twisted. They tend to be dark blue and protrude from the skin. Varicose veins can occur anywhere in the body, but the legs and ankles are some of the more common locations.
How are They Treated?
DHR Health Vein Institute uses several ways to treat these problematic and annoying veins. Some more common treatments are things you can do yourself. Others involve medical supervision.
Spider veins and varicose veins can sometimes be treated by wearing a pair of support stockings.
Walking regularly and losing weight can alleviate some of the symptoms of varicose and spider veins.
Medical treatments such as sclerotherapy can eliminate spider veins and varicose veins. During this treatment, a solution is injected into the problem vein. The vein is destroyed. A thorough evaluation is required before the procedure.
Laser and Light Therapy
Laser therapy uses heat to eradicate the veins. Scar tissue forms from the heat and closes off the vein.
Contact Us Today
These are just a few of the innovative treatments that we offer for your veins. If your spider veins or varicose veins cause pain, tiredness or cramping, we can help. If you hate wearing shorts because of these veins, we can help with that too. DHR Health Vein Institute is here to help you look and feel your best. Schedule a consultation at our office in McAllen, TX to get all the facts about the treatments that we offer. Contact our office today to book your appointment!