What can be done about varicose and spider veins?

We all know that varicose and spider veins are very unsightly – but how can you get rid of them? Read on for some more information about these unwanted additions to your otherwise lovely legs and to find out what can be done about them. 

What are varicose and spider veins?

Varicose veins are those large, bulging veins that occur in the legs. Spider veins are smaller and less noticeable, and they may be red, blue, or purple, and they often branch out to look like spider webs (hence the name). 

There can be many possible causes of varicose and spider veins, including a family history of leg veins; shifting hormone levels that can weaken or damage the walls of veins; obesity; excessive sun over the years; clothing that is too constrictive; and/or years of sitting or standing for long, uninterrupted periods of time. Aging can also cause wear and tear on veins, which leads to veins weakening and blood to start collecting in them. However, although these leg veins are more typical in older people, they can occur at any age. 

Varicose veins can be painful, causing aching, throbbing, a burning feeling, and swelling in the legs. Spider veins typically don’t cause any pain. 

What can be done about spider and varicose veins?

To prevent spider veins and to help keep them from getting worse, try to avoid sitting or standing for too long (although oftentimes this is easier said than done!) – take a break by walking around every half hour. Get regular exercise, avoid drinking too much alcohol, avoid spending too much time in the hot tub or sauna, and take care of skin by using sunscreen every time you go outside. 

As far as treating spider and varicose veins, there are some options available, including surgery and compression stockings. Sclerotherapy and laser treatments are also great options – these are noninvasive, very effective procedures that can be done in your doctor’s office. 

You don’t have to live with unsightly spider veins and painful varicose veins. Call New Look Skin Center for help getting rid of your leg veins, with laser therapy or sclerotherapy! Call (818) 662-5005 today!

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