If you’re afflicted with spider veins, the thought of showing off your legs might fill you with dread. Sure, a little self-tan or make-up can help you to disguise them. But, what if there was a way to remove them for good?
First, let’s make it clear that spider veins are very different to varicose veins. Varicose veins are large, ropey and raised. Spider veins, however, are smaller, dilated, superficial blood vessels that are either blue, purple or red. While they can develop anywhere on your body – even your face – they usually appear on your legs.
It’s a myth that spider veins only occur in older woman – young adults and even teens can develop them too.
Here are two top tips to help you get a handle on the health of your veins:
1. Plan your attack
If your veins aren’t on the larger side, you’ll be a good candidate for one of our laser treatments or a light-based treatment called "Nd:YAG coolglide1064 laser". It’s likely that you’ll need more than one session, but you can treat any part of your body, including your face, and expect good results.
If your veins are a little larger, then we’d recommend sclerotherapy, wherein a tiny needle is used to inject a chemical that damages the lining of your veins, causing them to collapse. Then, much like a bruise, they’re absorbed by your body and disappear over a period of weeks. While the number of treatments required will always depend on the individual case, often just one or two sessions is all that’s required to completely clear your veins.
2. Play it safe
If you’re especially prone to spider veins they could be a symptom of a more serious condition called venous insufficiency. Essentially, this means that your vein’s valves aren’t working properly which makes it difficult to circulate your blood.
To ensure you’re in the clear, your doctor might order some test to ensure your veins are doing their job. If not, there are several treatments options to consider including the wearing of compression stockings.
Alternatively, a skincare doctor might recommend carboxytherapy – a treatment that infuses your skin with carbon dioxide gas via a needle just under your skin. This dilates your veins and immediately boosts your blood circulation.
Need expert advice from a professional? Visit Skin Renewal on www.skinrenewal.co.za for more information about the removal of spider veins.