Treating Spider Veins on Legs
Whether they’re on your thighs, ankles, or calves, having spider veins on legs is the worst. With their dark color, they are so noticeable to others. However in today’s world this is not a problem we have to put up with. There are now spider vein and varicose vein treatments which can virtually eliminate them.
Why Legs Are The Worst Place
In today’s culture, there is so much importance placed on our appearances. It’s not that you’re expected to look like Angelina Jolie, it’s that we’re expected to maintain whatever we were given. So even if you don’t have a pair of Daisy Dukes, everyone else still expects us to maintain proper hygiene and personal care… whatever our body types may be.
Luckily, maintaining your legs usually isn’t a lot of work besides shaving and moisturizing. However when spider veins are present, it’s a whole other story. These dark veins contrast your skin color so much, they stick out like a sore thumb. They make you feel self conscience. Many will refuse to wear shorts or ever go swimming because of them… should we really let these things control our lives?
Why Spider Veins on Legs Occur
This is a very common problem that many women suffer from. For many, their occurrence goes hand in hand with aging. They’re frequently due to a family history of them, which of course is something you can’t control. However there are other factors we do have control over. Being overweight can be a key cause because the extra weight stresses our veins and capillaries.
Whatever the cause, you’ve ended up with spider veins… capillaries under the skin’s top layer where the blood backs up because it is not flowing properly. Instead of blaming ourselves with the could, woulda, and shoulda, let’s look forward to what we can do to solve the problem now that we have it.
Treating Spider Veins
We are so lucky in that this is a problem there is usually a solution for! The other plus we have going for us is that treatments often relatively affordable. That means there is a great chance you can remove spider veins that you have!
Please note that I am not a physician, so I can’t give medical advice. When determining the treatment that’s right for you, talk to a doctor to make your decision.
Now let’s take a closer look at some of the different options out there:
Spider Vein Laser Treatment
Since lasers are relatively new in the medical field, this is the newest procedure which is widely used. A laser is pulse is used on the leg spider veins which causes them to heat up and eventually shrink off so it is no longer visible.
It’s convenient in that it is performed at the doctor’s office and no anesthesia is needed. The downside is that usually at least two or more treatments are needed and because the laser devices are expensive, it’s a method that costs a bit more.
From what I know, this is considered by many to be the most effective method. It is also the oldest, having been used since the 1853 and some reports even date it going back further. It’s a procedure which is performed by a doctor. It almost always is done in-office without the need for anesthesia or special operating room (which saves you a lot of money).
Basically, the doctor will inject each spider vein on your leg with a special chemical that dissolves it over the course of the weeks that follow. Each inch of the problem vein has to be injected, so that means there are multiple injections which may take a total of twenty minutes or so to complete.
Making a Decision
The above two methods are the most common and probably the most effective methods, but if you have a very mild case, there are creams which may be able to help.
So whether you choose to go with a laser or a sclerotherapy treatment to treat your spider veins on legs, it will be best to consult your doctor to decide which is right for you since we each have different circumstances.