Spider Veins-their treatment
Spider veins are those small blue, red and purplish looking vessels that are very close to the surface of the skin. They often cause the individual embarrassment and some discomfort. More women than men are at risk of developing spider veins.
Risk factors are obesity, pregnancy, hormonal changes and standing or sitting for long periods of time. People who have a genetic history where they have family members who suffer from spider veins or varicose veins will also have a higher risk for developing the same problem.
While you may be more interested in how to treat this condition than in how it developed, if you learn how they develop then you are able to decrease the likelihood that you will develop more.
The top method for treating spider veins is a procedure called sclerotherapy. A 23% saline solution with lidocaine and heparin are injected into the vein using a very small needle. The saline solution will cause the blood to clot and the veins to collapse. Within about two to six weeks the body will have reabsorbed the veins and they will be no longer visible either on ultrasound or to the naked eye.
Sclerotherapy is a safe procedure that is done in the doctor’s office. Once the procedure is finished the patient can use ibuprofen or Tylenol for discomfort and will be encouraged to remain active during the day. It is a very minimally invasive process that will allow the patient to return to their daily activities on the first day. Most Patients find that their symptoms from the spider veins are reduced or eliminated quickly. Individuals who suffer from multiple spider veins will require multiple office visits to remove all of the offending veins.
Another procedure used for spider veins is laser treatment. Laser treatments direct a variety of wavelengths to the veins. This thermal energy from the laser causes damage to the blood vessels. After this they will clot and eventually be reabsorbed into the body.
Laser treatment is the preferred method of treatment for individuals who suffer from spider veins on the face. While this method is slightly more expensive than sclerotherapy, it is completely pain-free and allows the individual the ability to go through one process or one procedure in order to rid themselves of all spider veins.
The choice in treatment for spider veins is between the patient and the Doctor. The Doctor will inform the patient of the different options, and help them to make a decision that is based on their overall general health, the position of the spider veins and the number of treatments they think will be necessary in order to successfully treat the condition.
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