You’ve probably heard about varicose veins—the thick, twisted veins easily seen under skin. They can show up in any part of the body, but they are most commonly found on legs. Varicose veins, however, are not the only type of trouble veins that can pop up.
Some of these trouble veins are:
- Varicose – large, bulging veins that protrude from the skin like rope. Varicose veins can cause discomfort.
- Reticular – bulging veins, a bit smaller than varicose.
- Spider – small web-like lines; red, blue or purple veins sometimes raised from skin.
Vein problems can be treated, but there are plenty of myths and negative associations about vein treatments that circulate the Internet. The specialists at Palo Alto Skin & Laser are here to clear up what you may have heard.
Myth: Vein Treatments Are Cosmetic
Though problem veins aren’t the most appealing, treatments don’t exist solely for cosmetic purposes. Even though most people don’t experience any symptoms, others are left dealing with pain and discomfort. Veins pop up when the valves are weak or damaged, allowing blood to back up. As a result, the vein swells—that’s why you can see them through your skin fairly easily. Treatments offered are fast, easy and can prevent further health issues like blood clots, skin ulcers and circulation problems.
Myth: Only Older People Need Vein Treatments
Veins can show up under anyone’s skin, no matter their age. Standing or sitting for long periods of time, chronic heart conditions, and obesity are all causes of vein problems. Added weight and pressure, most commonly on the legs, can cause these veins to swell up and appear under the skin, making pregnancy a cause, too! Other factors that can’t be controlled are heredity and gender, making the cause of the condition that much harder to pinpoint. These veins can be eliminated naturally by making a lifestyle change, but you may want to consider treatment if they’re stubborn or getting worse.
Myth: Invasive Surgery is the Only Way to Get Rid of Veins
Vein stripping surgery is a real procedure, but it’s quite outdated and unnecessary. Fortunately, there are fast and easy treatment options available today, and studies show that these non-invasive treatments are proven effective.
Laser Vein Removal
Laser treatments are diverse in being able to treat all kinds of problem veins, as well as several other pigmentations and lesions. Our favorite laser system is Candela V-Beam, featuring the most advanced pulsed dye laser technology! This treatment delivers laser energy that passes through multiple layers of the skin and is absorbed into blood vessels. Each treatment is customized depending on the severity of your condition. During the procedure, your specialist will ensure you are comfortable and provide you with protective eyewear. Most patients say they feel a warm, tingling sensation during treatment and do not need anesthetics. After the procedure, there is no downtime, so you can return to your daily activities.
Injectable Vein Treatment
An injectable vein treatment, or sclerotherapy, is another way to get rid of trouble veins. Sclerotherapy is used to effectively treat spider and reticular veins. In this procedure veins are injected with sclerosant, a solution that causes them to stick together, clot and collapse. That may sound terrifying—but blood is then forced to reroute into healthier veins, and the destroyed ones naturally disappear over time. During the procedure you may feel some stinging or small cramps, but the pain should never be overwhelming. Your specialist will then apply compression and massage the area to help spread the solution. The number of injections depends on the amount and size of veins being treated.
Vein Treatments at Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care
Negative effects can be associated with any type of treatment, so it’s important to do your research before going through with a procedure. When it comes to vein treatments, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Stop the discomfort of trouble veins in their tracks and feel confident about clear legs with sclerotherapy or Candela V-Beam treatments! Be sure to contact us with any questions about these procedures, or give us a call at 650.565.8683 to schedule a consultation!