What Are Varicose Veins And Spider Veins?

This article serves as a guide for knowing more about spider veins. It discusses how to eradicate spider veins and what to do after treatment.

Varicose veins are enlarged and swollen veins that are often raised and twisted. They appear on the legs, around the calves and thighs. They are often bluish grey and can also be red or flesh colored. Spider veins often take the form of nets or webs and are smaller forms of varicose veins. They are close to the surface of the skin and are often seen as blue or red discolorations.

Spider veins are often the result of varicose veins or circulatory problems. They are simply blocked or malfunctioning valves in the veins that have allowed the blood to back up in the veins. Other causes are overexposure to the sun, injury and hormone changes. Once varicose veins have been treated these little veins remain apparent and can be treated to eradicate them. Pregnancy is a common cause of spider veins. Older people can also suffer from spider veins and they can also be hereditary. Weight gain and underlying diseases can also be a cause for them.

There are a number of treatments for varicose veins. At first this was a surgical procedure but is now done with noninvasive methods, unless the varicose veins are very deep. Laser surgery is often used for varicose veins and consists of one treatment. The blocked vein is destroyed and the blood will use alternative routes of flow. Compression stockings are commonly used to put pressure on the veins and improve circulation. Spider veins need 2 to 5 treatments. It is recommended to take moderate exercise to keep the blood circulating.

Other surgical procedures used are pin stripping when the offending varicose veins are pulled out. This can be done with local or general anesthesia. Another form of removal of veins ambulatory phlebotomy, with this method small incisions are made in the leg and the vein is removed. For spider veins Sclerotherupy is used.

It takes more than one Spider Vein Treatment to eradicate these unsightly blemishes from a patient’s legs, or face. Sclerotherapy is used to eradicate these blemishes. This is when a solution is injected into the veins with a small needle. The vein will disappear after a few treatments. There may be some discoloration which can last for six months but this will also disappear. It takes 48 hours to a week to recover from Spider Vein Treatment and the treatments are performed within 3 weeks of each other.

Sclerotherapy has been performed since the 1920’s. The solution used is hypertonic saline with Sotradecol. It is usually not painful and simply kills the small vein that is to be eradicated. The solution causes the blood to clot in the vein and the spider vein to swell and get eradicated. It simply becomes scar tissue and disappears. After one treatment 50% of the veins will be gone.

You should consult your doctor before having the procedure done. Counter indications to having the procedure done are if you are pregnant or suffer from allergies. In both these cases you should consult your doctor before having the treatment done. If you have allergies you may find that you are allergic to the solutions being used for the Spider Vein Treatment.

After the procedure the patient is encouraged to resume their daily activities. They should wear heavy compression stockings. Try not to use anti inflammatory medicines like Aspirin, although Tynol is alright if you need it. Walking is encouraged although the patient should not do any heavy exercise for 48 hours. Direct exposure to sunlight, hot baths, including saunas and hot compressions should be avoided 48 hours after Spider Vein Treatment.

Most people have no problem with the treatment and look and feel much better afterwards. It is reasonable in cost and well worth the money, especially if the spider veins are on your face. It takes 3 to 6 weeks for a response to Spider Vein Treatment and most people have reported good results. Larger veins can take up to 3 to 4 months. The insurance company may be able to reimburse you if your varicose veins are causing medical problems. However if you are having the treatments done for cosmetic purposes your insurance company may not pay for the procedure.