How to Handle Spider and Varicose Veins

For most people, summer is the most wonderful time of the year next to Christmas and maybe Thanksgiving. However, summer calls for the sundresses, shorts and swim suits unlike Christmas where you get to rock that sweater sent to you from grandma while sipping on that delicious nog. But as you look at your reflection in the mirror, you notice those unsightly legs, hands and yes, the face too. You have small webs on your face, hands and legs and some twisting blue or purple coloured bulges on your legs. So, what do you do next?

The first step is understanding what these conditions are. The small ‘webs’ are known as spider veins (because they resemble spider webs) and the twisting bulges are varicose veins. The two conditions are caused by backed up blood in the veins which causes them to swell. For spider veins that appear on the face and legs, the cause is usually too much exposure to ultraviolet rays and hormonal treatment. For varicose veins, the backing up of the blood is more often than not caused by too much pressure on the legs which is why people in professions that have them on their feet for long periods of time are more susceptible to varicose veins.

Spider veins and varicose veins are however not permanent since they can be effectively treated and/or removed, visit this page if you are seeking treatment for these.

  • Surface laser treatment: This is done by using light beams to damage the vein and close it. Surface laser is mostly used to treat smaller varicose veins and spider veins but it is advisable to consider lifestyle changes such as healthy eating before considering the treatment.
  • Sclerotherapy is also another popular way known to treat spider and varicose veins. This is a method where the doctor directly injects a solution into the vein. This makes the veins swell and bond before eventually sealing shut. The sealing stops blood flow turning the veins into scar tissue which eventually fades. Even though this technique is used for spider veins and small varicose vein treatment, a newer technique using foam has recently been developed to treat varicose veins.
  • Surgery: There are a number of surgical methods used to remove spider veins and varicose veins such as:
  • PIN stripping- This is done by inserting a device known as a PIN stripper into the vein and sewing it to the end of the vein. When the stripper is removed, it pulls out the vein with it
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy – A doctor numbs certain parts of your leg where he then makes small incisions which he uses to pull out the affected vein.
  • Ligation and stripping – This is when veins are tied off and completely removed from small cuts made on the legs. This method is not very popular since it can result in scarification and the recovery period for the procedure is quite long (four to six weeks).

It is important to note than even after treatment and removal, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising so as to make sure that you do not have to deal with spider veins and varicose veins as a recurring condition. This way, summer will be the other most wonderful time of the year right up there with Christmas.