If you are tired of hiding your legs because of spider veins, you may wish to consider a spider vein removal procedure.
If you have had spider veins or varicose veins for a while you have probably tried to keep your legs covered. Wearing pants, panty hose, leggings and long skirts can get old – especially in summer.
Cosmetic products to cover spider veins are certainly available but they don’t always work, can be expensive, tedious to apply and can wash or wear off at the most inconvenient time. If you are ready to show your legs again without someone staring at your legs, one of several options for spider vein removal could be for you.
Laser Vein Removal Treatment
One good option for the treatment of the weblike appearance of spider veins is laser treatment. A physician at a plastic surgery clinic can use a flow of highly focused light to destroy the tiny, swollen blood vessels. The beam of light focuses underneath the skin and causes the blood vessels to shrink.
This method of vein removal is generally painless but may require several visits to be effective. After the first treatment, the spiderveins will appear to be darker but will gradually fade over the next few weeks.
With this type of spidervein removal, a small amount of “sclerosing agent” such as concentrated saline will be injected into the veins. This medication will burn the surfaces of the inside of the vessels and will cause them to close. Though the vessels will no longer function, there is little risk to surrounding tissue once healing is complete as new, smaller, non swollen vessels will take over the function.
After this treatment, you will most likely be required to wear tightly wrapped pressure bandages or support hose for several days and be limited to light activity. Two or more sessions may be required for complete effect.
Varicose Vein Surgery
Most cases of spider veins only involve small vessels. Some people however, have larger lumpy blue vessels that protrude from the sides and backs of the legs. These more complex and severe problematic vessels may not respond to laser treatment or sclerosing therapy.
If the varicose veins are causing excessive discomfort or even pain, ligation and stripping by a certified plastic surgeon may be an answer. In this procedure, a small incision will be made at the top and the bottom of the troublesome vein. The vein will be tied off at the top and pulled from the body through the bottom incision.
This type of vein removal is only used for severe cases of spiderveins and varicose veins and you should know that it is a major surgical procedure that will require anesthesia. Though it is very effective, recovery from vein removal surgery will take several months to be complete and you will need to be off of work for several days immediately following the surgery.
Whether you have just a few irritating spiderveins or some larger varicose veins, rest assured. There is a spider vein removal procedure that will work for you and will allow you to stop hiding your legs. Just think….a short skirt or bathing suit without leg make-up and no one staring at you!