As you may know all too well, spider veins can have a significant impact upon the quality of someone’s life. For many, the veins are a source of embarrassment because they are clearly visible underneath the skin. As a result, many people do not wear shorts or dresses. This condition can also be uncomfortable, causing people to avoid the activities they once enjoyed. Fortunately, our team has helped many patients by easing the problems associated with these veins.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins result from venous disease. This occurs when veins are not able to send blood back to the heart in an efficient manner, and as a result, the blood pools in the veins, causing the trademark blue appearance. While they are often seen in conjunction with varicose veins, spider veins are smaller.
What are the Symptoms of These Veins?
Symptoms can include tenderness, itching, and burning, among others. However, not everyone who has them has the symptoms.
Who Develops These Veins?
There are certain factors that place people at greater risk of developing this condition:
- Anything that causes increased pressure on the abdomen, such as pregnancy, chronic constipation, tumors, or tight-fitting clothes
- Genetics: this condition often runs in families
- Standing for long periods of time
- Injury to the veins
- Immobility or being confined to a bed
How are Spider Veins Treated?
Fortunately, state-of-the-art developments mean that treatment is simple, safe, and effective. Each plan is tailored to fit the needs of the individual. Some patients will be able to resolve their problems through conservative treatments, but for others, our technological innovations offer hope and relief.
Sometimes, the condition can be resolved through the following:
- Elevating the legs so that healthy blood flow can be restored and circulation improved
- Any type of exercise that involves moving the legs, and flexing the feet also improves blood flow to these extremities
- Compression stockings – which can help prevent blood from pooling
Laser therapy is a popular treatment to close these veins. When the vein is closed, the body naturally disposes of it. As a result, the bluish-purple color vanishes. Blood no longer pools in that area because the blood that previously went through the problem vein is redirected to other areas of the body. Another benefit is that it successfully restores healthy circulation in the legs, which results in younger-looking and healthier legs and skin.
Help is Available
The experienced professionals at Peachtree Dermatology have successfully treated many patients, eliminating the symptoms and embarrassment of spider veins and enabling them to return to the activities they enjoy. Contact us today to schedule a consultation in Atlanta and get started!