Vein problems are very common in the US. In fact, around 50% of women suffer from some sort of vein problem, and over half of all sufferers are over the age of 50.
Spider veins are one of the most common forms of unsightly vein. They’re smaller than varicose veins and are also closer to the surface. Spider veins are generally fairly noticeable, as they’re red or blue in color. The reason for their name is largely due to their appearance, which looks a little like a spider’s web. Common locations for spider veins include the legs and face.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins, like varicose veins, are caused by blood backing up in the vein, causing pressure to build up and the vein to swell and bulge. Injury can cause this to happen, but it’s most commonly caused by over-exposure to the sun and changes to hormones.
These veins are rarely a threat to health, but they can be uncomfortable. Many people feel self-conscious about their appearance and seek to minimize them as a result.
Treating Spider Veins Successfully
Sclerotherapy is a recommended treatment for spider veins. It involves the injection of a scleratant directly into the affected vein, which causes irritation in the vein and closes it. Although not a painless procedure, it is largely effective at getting rid of these unsightly veins. Studies demonstrate that 85% of patients notice that the appearance of their veins are reduced after undergoing the treatment.
You won’t require any recovery time after the procedure, though you should avoid aerobic exercise, saunas, whirlpools and hot compresses for 48 hours after the treatment.
Find Out More About Sclerotherapy
If you’re self-conscious about your spider veins and would like to find out more about sclerotherapy and how it can restore your confidence once more, simply get in touch with the Midwest Medical Aesthetics team by calling 913-327-7175.