Our bodies go through changes as we get older. This is undeniable. Many things contribute to these changes, whether it’s hormones, stress, or years of use. Each passing decade seems to bring something new. Some of these changes are great. Some, however, can be frustrating. When discussing frustrating body changes that can be aesthetically displeasing, along with physically uncomfortable, the topic of veins has to come up.
We don’t think about veins too often while we’re young, at least. They aren’t too prominent. But, with age or following certain life events, they can really make their presence known in an unpleasant way. Spider veins and varicose veins that appear in our legs can make us very self-conscious. They can also be painful for many people. Not only are these veins numerous, but they are difficult to hide because they are so prominent. It can make you dread the summer and wearing shorts.
Do you feel like people focus on your spider veins and varicose veins? You probably assume that there is nothing you can do about these veins and you have to just accept them as a fact of life. However, that is far from the truth. There are procedures available that can help you get rid of these veins. Your doctor would have to go over options with you in order to determine the right course of treatment. Here is what you should know about spider veins and varicose veins.
Spider veins get their name from the web like pattern that these veins can form in both your legs and your face. Spider veins in the face often develop with age. Some people that have spider veins find they are asymptomatic. However, for many people they can cause throbbing pain or burning. They can be caused by birth control pills, conditions that cause stress like abdominal issues, standing for too long, blood clots, hormonal shifts, obesity, trauma, UV rays, and genetics. They are very common. The root cause makes your veins too damaged to efficiently transport blood up from your leg back to your heart. This blood then backs up and causes the veins to become inflamed.
How are varicose veins different?
Varicose veins and spider veins are often used interchangeably, however there are some differences. They are similar in cause and mechanism. Varicose veins are also caused by the inability to properly transport blood and causing swelling due to pooling. Varicose veins, however, are a bit different in appearance being larger and thicker. While spider veins form webs, varicose veins look more like tangled rope. They are found in the legs and the tops of the feet. Like spider veins, they can be painful for some people.
While these veins are usually harmless, if not the source of some soreness, they can indicate some circulation issues. If that is the case, that’s when veins go from aesthetic concerns to health ones. Remember, having a history of blood clots is one risk factor for developing spider veins. Worst case scenario is deep vein thrombosis which is a serious medical event that requires immediate attention from a doctor. Spider veins can also put you at greater risk of ulcers on the skin. For many people, though, their veins are benign.
Treating your spider veins
The treatments for spider veins have changed over the years. Vein stripping was often the most commonly used method for getting rid of them, though it can bring complications and some pain. While it is still in use, many people are opting to undergo laser therapy to help get rid of their veins. During laser therapy, a concentrated beam of energy is directed into the veins which makes them gradually fade away. Laser therapy is quick, virtually painless, and non-invasive unlike other treatment options. Once the laser damages the veins, your body will naturally reabsorb them over time until you can’t see them anymore. Remember, certain lifestyle changes can help you manage your spider vein symptoms. Lose weight if you are overweight, wear supportive stockings, and walk more to get rid of the painful throbbing.
No one wants to deal with unsightly veins in their legs. They can make your clothing options in warmer months very limiting. They can affect both men and women and can also be quite painful for many people. If they are a sign of a circulatory issue, you certainly need to get that addressed as well. Luckily, there are options available to you to get rid of them. But, the only way to know which treatment is right for you is to speak with your doctor. If you’re suffering from spider veins or varicose veins, book an appointment online with us today. Dr. Nagpal and the team at Bella Medical Aesthetic are dedicated to providing you with the professional care you need to look your best.