When oxygen is removed from your blood and travels back to your heart, your veins appear blue or purple. Varicose and spider veins are two common conditions which affect the veins. While spider veins and varicose veins have similar causes, symptoms, and treatments, they are not the same condition.
Varicose veins are large, bulging, and swollen blood vessels that rise up, and are visible through the skin. These veins emerge when your veins do not move blood back into your heart from your legs properly, and the one-way valves which are located along the blood vessels begin to function improperly. This causes your veins to build up with pressure and congestion, thus causing the varicose veins to emerge.
Varicose veins are caused because the wall of the vein becomes damaged from blood pooling within the vein. If a valve is damaged, the blood can flow backwards which puts more pressure on the valves that are lower down. The result of this is a domino effect, with several enlarged veins and leaking valves, looking like little snakes underneath the skin. Interestingly, when you lift your leg up above your heart, these veins shrink or disappear, because the blood is flowing freely back to the heart.
Though they are considered by most as a cosmetic concern, varicose veins are chronic and can turn worse over time, becoming a threat if left untreated. They can often be painful and without treatment, can affect your quality of life and ability to go about your daily life in a normal way.
Other than varicose veins, people can also have spider veins. Spider veins are thin, delicate veins that are visible and show up close to the skin’s surface. As the name implies, these veins are a cluster of blood vessels that branch out and take the appearance of a spider’s web.
Spider veins can be caused by a backup of blood which triggers cramping, swelling, cause restless legs, and throbbing. Other symptoms include itching, rash, tenderness, and skin ulcers, if left untreated.
Are you always opting to wear long pants because you are self-conscious and embarrassed by the appearance of varicose or spider veins? The treatment options for varicose and spider veins has come a long way since the primary vein treatment was vein stripping. With vein stripping, doctors used to pull the veins from the skin through small incisions. With increasing research and technological advancements, the options for vein treatments has increased. While many patients choose to undergo a surgical procedure to get rid of these veins, others are able to reduce the symptoms of spider and varicose veins without the need for invasive surgery.
To treat both varicose and spider veins, here at Transformation MediSpa, we use a popular treatment known as Sclerotherapy. During this procedure, a thin needle is used to inject what is called polidocanol into each vein. We prefer polidocanol for its efficacy and safety. This substance reenables the correct flow pattern of blood which causes the blood vessels to then close, fade, and hopefully disappear. In other words, the collapsed vein is reabsorbed into tissue and eventually fades.
Sclerotherapy helps to restore confidence in our patients when it comes to their appearance and comfort. If you have spider veins or varicose veins, then you know how embarrassing they can be and how uncomfortable they can make you feel. After a Sclerotherapy treatment, you can say goodbye to your ugly veins.
At Transformation MediSpa, we offer free consultations, so if you are interested in this procedure and would like to know how Sclerotherapy can make a difference in your appearance, please call us at 713-661-9129. We are here to help.