Varicose and spider veins can be visually unpleasant—and painful. While rarely considered a serious health concern, varicose veins can also cause a variety of medical problems. These include aching, throbbing, swelling, sores or rashes, bleeding, thickening of the skin, and enough discomfort to interfere with your daily activities. But you can get help. Whether you want to soothe the swelling or simply improve your looks, there are a variety of treatments available for varicose and spider veins.
Some of your treatment options include the following:
- Sclerotherapy, in which a chemical is injected into the veins to cut off their blood flow
- Surface laser treatments to make visible veins disappear
- Radiofrequency and/or laser treatment to seal deeper veins
- Surgical ligation to tie off and remove the veins through tiny cuts in the skin
Pregnancy can also boost the risk of developing varicose veins. That’s because an increased blood flow makes veins enlarge, and the expanding uterus presses on veins. Varicose veins usually recede within about three months after delivery, but new varicose veins can appear with each new pregnancy. Discuss optimal treatment timing with your doctor.
To determine if spider veins/varicose veins treatment is the right decision for you, request a consultation with one of our plastic and reconstructive surgery specialists.