Everybody wants to achieve and have smooth and even skin. Other abnormalities such as moles, freckles, birthmarks, or scars can be an unpleasant appearance to the overall face and body. Spider veins and varicose veins are neither an exemption. The majority of vein problems do not pose any serious threat to our health, but it can be psychologically damaging. You may be unable to choose the perfect clothes you want, making you feel the need to cover them. If you think that it already affects your lifestyle, seeking medical attention can help you regain your confidence. Thankfully, there are available treatments to treat minor to major types of varicose like Sclerotherapy and Laser treatment. Both procedures vary depending on the severity of your veins. Glow Laser and Beauty center have the two treatments readily available anytime.
What are Spider veins and Varicose veins?
Spider and Varicose veins are both dilated blood inside the blood vessels. The only difference is that Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins, which tend to be bulging and can later cause problems if left untreated. It develops when parts of the threads such as the valves and the walls are weak. It allows the increase of blood pressure in the veins, which causes it to enlarge, which later produces protruding veins you see on the skin. Varicose veins are in bulging blue blood vessels on your skin. The veins are twisted, and some are too large that you can feel its bulging texture of veins. Having varicose veins can be uncomfortable. Apart from the unpleasant appearance on your skin, you may feel heaviness on parts where the varicose veins are present. It may also cause swelling and can sometimes lead to serious health issues like blood clots or sores.
On the other hand, spider veins are less bulky but are also visible below the surface of your skin. It is a tiny web-like vein in red or blue lines. Unlike the other type, it is a minor case and does not cause any swelling that usually comes from venous insufficiency.
Women are most prone to have these types of vein problems, and people in their old age take the percentage chunk of those affected, whether male or female. Although varicose veins, especially spider veins, are usually considered a cosmetic problem, they can impact your overall psychological and physical health and lead to serious health issues.
What causes Spider veins and Varicose Veins?
Varicose problems are often hereditary, but several factors result from minimal visibility to extreme cases. An overweight individual is a candidate for one because of the extended pressure put on the veins from gaining weight. It causes inefficient vein functionality, compromising the blood and oxygen flow that your body needs due to the heavy load it has to accommodate. If it gets worst, it can result in a blood clot. The effects of vein problems can be treated, primarily when addressed at an earlier stage. However, some cases retain the damage in your veins, making it not work in its optimal vein function.
A pregnant woman also experiences the same vein problems but are temporary. It eventually wears off after three months or so. Not every pregnant woman suffer from this problem, and it all depends on the pressure of the weight gained from the pregnancy. It is also most likely to happen if you are always sitting or standing for an extended period without taking any breaks. Crossing your legs can also affect and increase your probability of worsening your existing varicose veins. It impedes your blood flow in your veins. Some effects are tightening, minimal discomfort of pain, itching, and frequent cramping. You may also experience excessive bleeding when the wound directly damages your varicose veins, compared to a regular open wound for people who don’t have one.
There are also rare cases that varicose veins can develop into deep vein thrombosis. It happens when the existing blood clots move deeper into your veins, which generally occur in the lower leg or thigh. It can lead to severe effects in the lung called pulmonary embolism that blocks your blood flow. Vein thrombosis shouldn’t be taken lightly. Although it shows visible signs like soreness, discolored leg, and a warm feeling on the affected area, some show no symptoms. However, If you experience shortness of breath or difficulty coughing or cough with blood, feeling dizzy, chest pain, and an increase in pulse rate, it is possible that you have developed pulmonary embolism. If this develops, you must seek medical attention immediately. There are some situations where quick blood clotting runs in the family. When you inherit the disorder, it can increase the risk factor of vein thrombosis, especially when you don’t practice precautionary measures. Prolonged bed rest or anybody stillness like experiencing paralysis, injury in your veins or surgery, overweight, smoking, heart failure, less body contraction like long hours of sitting or standing, are some of the factors that contribute to worsening the condition. Committing to a lifestyle change can help you decrease the risk of vein problems and leave you healthy overall well-being. Frequent movements like stretching, especially during prolonged exposure of stillness, maintaining the appropriate weight of your body, and regular exercise are a few examples you can start with to begin your healthy journey. If you already suffer from spider veins or varicose veins, you can consider a few treatments to eliminate it like Sclerotherapy or Laser treatment.
Vein treatment: Sclerotherapy vs. Laser vein therapy
Sclerotherapy and Laser vein therapy have similar goals of eliminating vein problems. Choosing the best treatment for your vein problems depends on the type of issues you want to treat. It disrupts the veins enough to cause the blood vessels to close, allowing nearby tissues to absorb the treated veins’ remnants that have broken apart. In effect, diminishes visible views of the veins on your skin, leaving you clear and smooth skin.
Sclerotherapy uses injectables with chemical agents, commonly known as a sclerosant. The chemical agent is directly inserted into the diseased veins. It irritates the inner lining of the veins that seals it off, becomes scar tissue that eventually disappears. Sclerotherapy procedure is advisable for those who experience small spider veins. It improves the appearance of varicose veins and symptoms like swelling, burning sensation, cramps, and aching. It usually is for cosmetic purposes. There will be a slight discomfort from the injection procedure but is tolerable.
Laser vein therapy uses light energy. It is also a non-invasive procedure but can be more painful compared to injectables. It is a quick and effective vein treatment procedure that targets the pigment in the blood as it alternately warms the vein vessels without damaging the surrounding tissues and the skin. It reroutes the blood flow to other healthier veins while the damaged ones will slowly disappear. The disappearance of the visible bulging veins is not immediate, but you may see the difference after a few weeks. Light energy causes discoloration because of the energy produced at a certain level of wavelengths, and those who have a darker tone of skin are less likely to see the discoloration. Laser Vein treatment is perfect for those who have an enlarged varicose and venous insufficiency. However, it can also treat spider veins, especially if the patient has some concerns with Sclerotherapy treatment like an allergic reaction, afraid of needles, or if the veins are too small that direct injection is not possible.
Sclerotherapy treatment and Laser vein therapy require a few sessions depending on the severity and size of your vein problems, to achieve the optimal outcome you desire.
The available treatments do not guarantee that you are a legible candidate for the procedure. Some factors can hinder the treatment. If you have an existing tattoo on the affected area, have an allergic reaction to the active ingredients for the therapy, are pregnant, and have other medical conditions that might pose a further health risk. Glow Laser and Beauty center has licensed professionals that can help you assess and perform the procedure to help with your spider vein and varicose vein problems. It has advanced equipment and top of the line quality service that ensures your safety and maximum care you need.