Some may call them a ‘rite of passage’ while others may turn their gaze from the sight of them. Tampa plastic surgeons see patients suffer from spider veins and varicose veins frequently and want to inform others of preventions and treatments available.
Spider veins, which look similar to the ones portrayed above, are common amongst 60% of adults – many of whom look for treatments to rid themselves of this unsightly blemish.
As you can see above, spider veins are small twisted blood vessels that become more and more visible through the skin over time. Spider veins, which are often sighted on the face or legs, vary from a red, purple, or blue tint.
Then there are the larger blood vessels that become swollen and twisted as seen above. These are known as Varicose Veins. Varicose veins are a dark blue tone and protrude from the skin making the surface of your skin raised and uneven.
Unlike spider veins, varicose veins do not develop in a particular area of the body but are most commonly found near the legs and ankles.
What causes spider and varicose veins?
Typically healthy veins allow blood flow in a single direction to prevent backflow which causes spider and varicose veins. When veins are defective the blood flow clogs within the vein, building pressure, weakens the vessel walls and in turn bulge and twist the veins.
Who is most susceptible to have defective veins?
Overall, anyone is susceptible to spider veins and varicose veins over time. However, our plastic surgeons in Tampa receive more female patients who suffer from spider veins and varicose veins as result from spending large amounts of time on their feet. Further contributors are age, obesity, leg surgery, pregnancy, and genetics.
At-home Treatment for spider and/or varicose veins
Luckily spider veins and varicose veins are easy to spot and treat!
Get a jump start on correcting the defective veins by doing the following:
- Apply compression for better circulation using compression stockings
- Get active and lose weight
- Walk regularly
- Reduce swelling with a low sodium diet
- Elevate your legs at or above heart level
If these at-home remedies are not effective enough there treatments to eliminate pre-existing spider veins and varicose veins. Contact your Tampa, Florida plastic surgeon about laser spider vein laser treatment.
Spider Vein Laser Treatment
Spider vein treatment uses lasers that penetrate through the skin and break up backed up spider and varicose veins. The strong bursts of light allows the blood to return to the rest of the body and flow appropriately.
Although laser spider vein treatment is highly effective and permanent on pre-existing spider veins and varicose veins, the treatment is not a preventative. There is a possibility that new spider or varicose veins may appear as time goes on, in which case one may choose to undergo treatment once again.
After spider vein treatment, patients see a noticeable difference in three to six weeks. As for varicose vein treatment, results may take a couple of months to be noticeably different.
Nonetheless, the best offense is a good defense!
Elite Facial Plastic Surgery Rejuvenation Institute in Tampa wants to remind you that spider and varicose veins can be delayed or even prevented!
- Exercise regularly! Exercise will help maintain a healthy weight and keep your leg muscles toned which helps with blood flow.
- If you are standing all day, stretch! By stretching your legs you will increase blood circulation.
- If you are pregnant, sleep on your side.