Varicose veins, are gnarled, enlarged veins that appear in the legs and feet, although any vein can become varicose. Although we may use varicose and spider veins interchangeably but spider veins are actually a milder form of varicose veins.
Most of us know varicose veins by sight: dark blue or purple in color with a bulging, twisting appearance. Apart from the unsightly look, varicose veins can cause painful problems like achy legs, throbbing, pain after standing or sitting for too long.
What are the causes?
There are quite a few factors that can cause varicose veins:
As you age, your veins will become weak and can get enlarged. The blue appearance is because the vein is carrying deoxygenated blood.
Pregnant women can form varicose veins especially in their legs and pelvic area due to a decreased flow of blood.
Women are generally more likely to form these types of veins especially due to fluctuations in hormones.
- Family history
- Sitting or Standing for long periods
Working in a job that doesn’t allow you to change positions for long stretches of time can cause blood to flow improperly, forming varicose veins.
Why remove them?
Apart from the cosmetic reasons, varicose veins can cause a few rare complications.
- Blood Clots
If a vein deep within the leg becomes enlarged, it can swell too much and can indicate a blood clot.
If veins are close to the surface, they can burst. It’s important that if this happens, you know that there is a high risk that it could happen again.
Ulcers form due to fluid buildup caused by the increased pressure of blood within the varicose vein.
How to remove them
Luckily, the medical field has developed multiple ways for varicose vein removal. Many of these procedures and treatments do not even require a long stay in a hospital.
This includes exercising, losing eight, and avoiding sitting or standing for too long. This will help ease the pain of the veins and prevent them from worsening. This treatment will not remove the varicose vein.
Sclerotherapy is offered here at The Laser Lounge Spa. We inject the vein with a chemical solution which causes it to eventually close off and disappear. This procedure is useful for both surface and deeper veins. In as little as 1-2 treatments nearly 80% of the spider veins can be gone.
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