Comfortable clothing, like shorts and skirts, will makes you look gorgeous, summer or not; this is not so, however, for those with varicose veins and spider veins, a condition that affects about 30% to 60% of American adults, mostly women.
Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged veins. These are most commonly seen on the legs. These (usually) twisted purple, blue, or skin-colored blood vessels bulge above the surface of the skin, making the skin look swollen and more aged. Spider veins, on the other hand, may appear on the legs or face and, though smaller than varicose veins, these are, likewise, easy to notice due to their reddish, purplish or bluish color.
Factors that predispose the development of varicose and spider veins, include: jobs that require standing for long hours; history of blood clots; obesity; use of birth control pills; hormonal effects of menopause, pregnancy and puberty; pressure in the abdomen due to constipation, tumors: the wearing of girdles; postmenopausal hormonal replacement: and, heredity.
Many consider varicose and spider veins simply as cosmetic issues rather than serious health problems; nonetheless, these can cause aching pain and great discomfort. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, if left untreated, these skin conditions may lead to sores or skin ulcers which, in turn, can end in gangrene or blood poisoning that will definitely need serious treatment.
There are ways to help the more than 40 million people in the U.S. get rid of their varicose and spider veins, though. Getting rid of these include:
- Surgical procedure (which is the conventional way);
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA);
- Endovenous laser treatment (ELT);
- Transilluminated powered phlebectomy (TIPP), a minimally-invasive procedure;
- Wearing of compression stockings; or,
- Sclerotherapy, a non-surgical cosmetic procedure wherein a specialized salt solution is injected directly into the enlarged or noticeable veins, making these disappear in a few weeks’ time.
Sclerotherapy is a 15- to 30- minute procedure that is usually performed every 4 to 6 weeks. This treatment does not require anesthesia and allows a person to perform his/her normal activities even right after treatment; these are why Sclerotherapy is today’s most common treatment for spider and varicose veins.
For a treatment to be effective, it is important that it is performed by a licensed and experienced cosmetic surgeon; otherwise, the possible risk of complications if something goes wrong.
As explained in the website of the Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery, “Sclerotherapy is a well-established treatment in the medical spa industry. A specialized salt solution is directly injected into the noticeable veins, causing the veins to slowly disappear over the next few weeks. It is a quick procedure, lasting no more than 15 to 30 minutes. There is virtually no time commitment with this treatment option, requiring no more than a few procedures for drastic, lasting results. Imagine the possibility of only being a few lunch-break visits away from younger, clearer, and healthier looking skin.”