Varicose veins are a disturbing sight, especially for light skinned people where it can be very visible. But aside from the aesthetic problems, varicose veins can hurt and cause discomfort. However, varicose veins aren’t the only veins that people have to worry about.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are smaller, but equally notorious. These are bundles of blue, red, or both color veins that form just underneath the surface of the skin. They are caused either by pregnancy, or inherited, or prolonged standing or sitting.
If a person in the patient’s family has them, there’s a big chance that the patient got it from that person. Increased physical stress that is repetitive, such as sitting or standing for long periods of time, can exert pressures on the veins, causing them to develop into spider veins. Finally, pregnancy causes changes in hormones that can also cause spider vein appearance.
They are found in millions of adult women everywhere, and can be embarrassing, especially if they appear on the face. These veins are spider-shaped, hence the name spider veins, but can also appear shaped like a branch, or jagged lines.
Types of Spider Vein Treatment
Fortunately, there are different spider vein treatments in the market today. Some using surgery, some using sclerotherapy, some using lasers, some even use natural remedies. All of these are aimed towards spider vein removal, and these multiple options ensure that all kinds of people can have their choice of spider vein treatment.
Natural treatments are creams or herbal remedies that are very convenient, usually cheap, but take a while to take effect. These treatments are ideal for people who do not wish to go to the doctor, cannot afford to do so, or both. While they take longer than cosmetic surgery treatments, there are some natural remedies that work amazingly well, and can be a popular alternative.
Laser spider vein removal employ the use of lasers, pushing light through the skin to be absorbed by the blood, causing the target veins to collapse, shrink, or sometimes even burst, eventually lessening or eliminating their appearance. This treatment doest not need a lot of anesthetic, sometimes only requiring the topical variety.
Sclerotherapy is somewhat the same. This spider vein treatment is popular because it is non-surgical, using only a solution that is injected directly into the veins. This solution causes the target veins to fade, or at the very least, turn white. Eventually, the effect goes into full swing, making the veins disappear entirely.
Sometimes, however, the case is so severe that surgery is required. When this happens, the veins have to be removed physically through small incisions. These however are minimally invasive, and barely leave scars, if at all.