When warm weather arrives, people across the country rejoice that it’s finally time to break out the short shorts and bikinis! However, if you are one of the many women and men who suffer from spider veins on their legs, sporting shorts in the summer is probably one of the last things on your mind.
Spider veins are small, red, purple, and blue vessels that twist and turn just underneath the skin. Most commonly seen on the legs, spider veins can turn up anywhere, including the face. There are many reasons why someone can have spider veins, however the most common reasons include heredity, obesity, pregnancy, and occupations that require a lot of standing.
Spider VeinsThere are effective treatments for combatting spider veins. Non-invasive procedures include the use of support stockings or making simple lifestyle changes. Support stockings are available in below-the-knee, above-the-knee, and pantyhose styles that help to reduce the pain and discomfort of spider veins. Also, weight loss and increased walking can help to treat both spider veins and varicose veins.
Surgical procedures for spider veins are extremely effective in treatment and removal. Sclerotherapy uses a highly concentrated saline solution injected into the vein, causing it to slowly disappear over the course of 3-6 weeks.
Laser surgery is also an option and works by sending strong bursts of light into the vein, causing it to slowly fade and disappear. This option is good if you are sensitive to needles or incisions. Sometimes a combination of both is needed to effectively reduce the appearance of the veins.
To learn more about treatments for spider veins, contact us at Pure Reflection Spa in Hickory, NC.