Spider veins and dark varicose veins on your legs can detract from your appearance and cause real pain that interferes with daily activities. Find out how to prevent these veins from developing and treat them when they do.
You may not be able to completely prevent varicose veins and spider veins from developing, but there are plenty of things you can do to keep them at bay or reduce their severity.
- Exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet in order to maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid standing or sitting for an extended period of time. Take breaks to stretch and walk around to keep your circulation system working well.
- Improve your cardiovascular health by walking or running daily.
- Don’t wear clothing that cuts off your circulation.
- Avoid crossing your legs when you sit.
- Keep your salt consumption to a minimum.
While it is wise to keep up with healthy habits that can reduce your chances of developing varicose veins, you may not be able to completely avoid them. However, you don’t have to let these veins cause you pain or embarrassment. Nowak Aesthetics offers two treatments that are designed to eliminate or reduce these veins.
Sclerotherapy is one of the most common treatments available for treating unsightly leg veins. During this treatment a very small needle containing a special solution is injected into the larger veins on the legs. The chemical that is injected irritates the lining of these veins and causes the vein to collapse. Once the vein has collapsed, it will begin to dissolve and eventually be eliminated. The procedure takes about 15-30 minutes. After patients return home, it is usually recommended that they wear compression or support hose to ensure proper circulation in the legs throughout the healing process.
Laser Vein Treatments
While sclerotherapy is usually ideal for treating larger veins, laser vein treatments can be the perfect solution for smaller veins. During treatments, pulses of laser light are directed at the veins. This heats up the vein and destroys it. Then the destroyed vein is reabsorbed by the body and processed as waste. Patients normally undergo a series of treatments approximately 4-6 weeks apart.
If you’d like to learn more about these treatment options schedule a consultation with Dr. Nowak.