Varicose and spider veins can leave you feeling as if you need to constantly hide in long pants and skirts so that no one sees those blue or red veins creeping around your skin. However, those unsightly bulging veins on your legs are much more than just a cosmetic issue. While spider veins don’t usually cause health issues, varicose veins can cause throbbing pain, itchiness, or swelling in the legs. Sometimes those symptoms will worsen the more your stand, and you only feel relief when you sit and put your legs up. If you’re ready to solve your spider or varicose vein problem once and for all, then you may make a good candidate for sclerotherapy.
What Causes Varicose and Spider Veins?
Both spider and varicose veins are caused by a malfunctioning or damaged valve in the veins. Your veins are responsible for returning blood to the heart, and that blood flows in only one direction. However, sometimes that damaged vein valve allows blood to flow in the opposite direction where it can pool in the vein, leading to a build up of pressure, which causes the vein to bulge. The vein will then weaken and grow larger as more and more blood pools.
What Is the Difference Between Varicose and Spider Veins?
There are some subtle differences between spider and varicose veins. The first difference is color. Spider veins usually only appear red in color, while varicose veins can be red, skin-colored, or blue. Varicose veins will also bulge out of the skin more than spider veins. And while varicose veins are found mostly on the legs, thighs, and buttocks, spider veins appear on the legs and even the face.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a relatively easy and a very effective treatment for varicose and spider veins. Basically, our doctor injects a chemical into the affected vein that will cause the vein wall to swell and then seal shut, which will stop the blood flow and eventually turn the vein into scar tissue, which fades its appearance on the surface.
Are You a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Most people make good candidates for sclerotherapy. An initial consultation with our professionals can help you decide the best course of treatment for your varicose or spider veins. If you are pregnant, have a history of blood clots, or are taking birth control pills, you may not make a good candidate for this treatment. To learn more about sclerotherapy, reach out to us at Defyin’ Time in Mount Pleasant, TX. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!