Visible leg veins affect many people over the age of 25. If you work in a profession which involves spending a lot of time on your feet, you may have a problem with them.
But the thing is that not all leg veins are created equal. Spider veins, for example, may not be cosmetically pleasing to you but they’re not a health problem. Varicose veins, on the other hand, represent a problem in the mechanics of the vein.
Blood, instead of being pumped back to the heart, pools in the implicated vein or veins, causing a bulging or ropey appearance. This can represent a serious health risk.
But vein-stripping surgery isn’t always the answer. Here, we offer 4 expert-approved ways to handle visible leg veins.
This is one you can manage at home. Some people go so far as to use body makeup. But that stuff is thick, heavy and can clog your pores.
Self-tanner is a much better option. And these days, self-tanners are incredibly advanced, offering formulations which counteract the “orange effect” they’ve been traditionally known for.
Today’s self-tanners are lightweight and contain violet colorations to dampen that “orange effect”. This is a great way to camouflage the appearance of veins without committing to clinical solutions, or while you’re waiting for an appointment for something like that.
Specifically intended to treat spider veins, schlerotherapy is a proven strategy to address the appearance of these annoying intruders.
The affected vein is injected with a solution which contains elements like glycerin (particularly effective for guest with darker skin tones, as it helps to avoid hyperpigmentation).
When injected, the vein shuts down and blood is redirected to healthy, adjacent veins. The process takes between 5 and 20 minutes.
Compression socks will be prescribed and recovery takes about 2 weeks.
3. Laser Therapy
Diode lasers are another means of addressing spider veins. Targeting vein pigmentation, this treatment destroys the problem veins.
Sessions may take between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on how many veins you wish to treat. Afterwards, following the atrophy and death of the vein or veins, blood cells are reabsorbed by the body.
Laser therapy is most effective on fine veins.
4. Endovenous Laser Ablation
Here’s another laser-based treatment, this time for varicose veins. The treatment closes the vein, excluding it from the circulatory system and preventing the blood from pooling.
Endovenous laser ablation has essentially replaced the traditional approach to varicose veins. Using a tiny incision, a small fiber laser is inserted into the affected vein. The energy from the laser closes the vein, causing it to atrophy be reabsorbed into the body. Adjacent veins are also addressed with this style of therapy.
Following treatment, the treated leg is wrapped in bandages which are removed the next day. Guests return to their normal routines, without recovery time and with minor soreness.
As you can see, there’s been a lot of progress in the sector of treating leg veins. Contact us to book a consultation. Let’s see which therapy is right for you.