Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are the blue or purplish enlarged veins you typically see bulging out of one's leg. The word "varicose" is derived from the Latin root word "varix," which is translated in English as "twisted." Any vein in your body may become varicose, however, it's important to note that varicose veins exist most often in the legs and feet. Varicose veins occur in the legs and lower extremities because standing and walking increases the pressure in the veins in the lower half of your body.

Is it only a cosmetic concern? For many men and women, varicose veins and spider veins (these are the smaller and more common variation of varicose veins) makes them feel less attractive. However, it's important to note that for others, varicose veins cause aching pain and discomfort. This condition may lead to serious problems if not treated. Moreover, varicose veins may also serve as an indication that the individual is at a higher risk of other disorders of the circulatory system.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They begin as tiny capillaries and appear as blue or red squiggles. They are small red, blue or purple veins that commonly appear on the surface of the thighs, calves and ankles. It's estimated that at least one third of the adult female population is troubled with this common problem. People often seek treatment for spider veins because of aesthetic concerns. However, it is also typical for spider veins to cause physical symptoms, such as aching, heaviness, itching and night cramps.

Spider veins usually take one of three forms:
• They may appear in a spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a central point.
• They may appear in a pattern that resembles branches on a tree.
• They may be in a linear pattern that appear as thin separate lines.

Certain factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy, hormonal factors, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and trauma.

When will I see results?

After laser vein therapy, your body needs time to reabsorb the tissue from the vein wall. This process generally takes about 4-8 weeks.* We will do a follow up visit about 4 weeks after your treatment and at that time we will determine if additional treatments are necessary. Most clients will require 2-3 treatments to see the full effect.*

Following sclerotherapy, the patient may wear compression garments for about two weeks after treatment. Patients are also encouraged to walk regularly during that time. It is common practice for the patient to require at least two treatment sessions separated by several weeks to significantly improve the appearance of their leg veins. *

Additional Resources

Click on the link below to view a segment featured on The Doctors, which displays the ease and immediate results of Vein Therapy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvlVmrW6rOk

 

*Individual Results May Vary