Your Options When it Comes to Varicose or Spider-Veins
Do you or someone you know have bulgy spider veins? Unsightly veins on your legs and arms? Well, you are not alone. As much as fifty percent of the adult population suffers from a condition known as varicose veins. They are enlarged blood vessels that appear just underneath the skin, usually on the legs. Varicose veins effect more women than men, but it is not uncommon to see spider veins and varicose veins on men as well. There are a number of different treatment methods for this embarrassing, uncomfortable, and potentially dangerous type of disease; but only a few that are effective enough to be worth mentioning.
Varicose veins are caused by a normal human reaction to gravity. Over the years, blood flow to the legs, and from the legs to the heart, gets slower as age progresses and metabolism decreases. When this happens the valves of blood flow from the legs back to the heart shut down. This leaves the blood to collect and causes the veins that hold the blood to flow upward to the surface and appear the way they do. It may start with an itch or muscle aching, but this condition can have effects similar to blood clotting and should be treated with care.
It is said that the top two methods for treating varicose or spider veins are sclerotherapy or laser treatment. Sclerotherapy is recommended for patients with larger inflamed or swollen veins, because injections are used tocause the veins to go back down under the skin surface. This leaves you less likely to get injured because your veins are clotted with a solution that keeps them from bulging out. For larger varicose veins such as those found in ones upper leg and thigh areas, sclerotherapy comes highly recommended.
For smaller spider veins laser treatment might be recommended as well. If your bulging blue or purple veins are slightly on the smaller/thinner side, and are located on your wrists, feet, or ankles you might try laser vein treatment processes. After all, why put yourself through injections if you don’t have to, right? Laser treatments in varicose vein and spider vein removal is a simple process in which lasers are used to push the irritated veins back just under the surface. This is easy for smaller veins because it requires less separation of the tissue and can easily be done through a simple procedure.
While sclerotherapy may be the top choice for people suffering from varicose veins, there are many benefits to be had from the laser vein procedures as well. Some say sclerotherapy is superior while others say you must have laser vein treatments to ‘complete’ the course of your therapy. So then the question is, which is a more effective procedure? My educated guess is that it would depend on your direct circumstances as an individual. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes down to medical procedures, and no two cases of varicose veins are exactly the same. Find out what your own best course of action is now that you know your options.