A large number of people have leg veins. But just knowing that there are millions of other people on the planet who are also battling with spider and varicose veins does very little to make you feel better when you see them appearing on your legs. This is because regardless of how common leg veins are, they are noticeable at best and uncomfortable at worst. There are certain things that you can do to prevent spider veins, and there are certain treatments that can erase them. Before exploring your treatment options, you should first understand why these peculiar veins show up at all.
Spider veins are red or blue veins that can appear on the legs or face. Basically, they are blood vessels that have become dilated. Spider veins share a lot of similarities to varicose veins, but the two also have differences that set them apart. One of the major differences is that spider veins are a lot smaller and sit a lot closer to your skin. Spider veins can appear on different parts of the legs, but doctors have noted that they are more likely to appear behind the knee.
Spider veins can have a negative cosmetic effect, but they rarely have an effect on one’s health. However, they can take a drastic toll on your emotional health and self-esteem. This is why a lot of people are interested in eliminating them with procedures like sclerotherapy and laser treatments. Varicose veins, in contrast, can signify or lead to other health conditions. It is always a good idea to seek treatment for varicose veins.
Leg veins are usually caused because of a pressure buildup in the veins. Experts are still puzzled about why certain people will develop spider veins, and other people who have a similar lifestyle, build, and weight do not get them. One thing they do know, however, is that spider and varicose veins tend to be hereditary. There is also a link between aging and the appearance of these visible veins.
Certain people who have occupations that require them to stand for long periods of time, such as teachers, nurses, and waiters, have a higher propensity for developing spider veins. This is because of the increased amount of pressure they put on their legs for extended periods of time. This can also apply to those who sit for equally long periods of time.
In most cases, spider and varicose veins do not have secondary health effects. However, some people with varicose veins may find themselves dealing with swelling, heaviness, and fatigue in the legs. Receiving the appropriate vein treatment will both improve the appearance of the legs and ease the discomfort that the varicose veins caused.
It is extremely difficult to prevent leg veins if you are at a high risk of getting them. Thankfully, just because you develop spider and varicose veins doesn’t mean you’re stuck with them. At Skin Renewal of Tulsa, we offer sclerotherapy and laser therapy with the GentleMax Pro® as effective treatments for leg veins. Contact our office in Tulsa today to schedule an appointment to learn which of these treatments is best for you.