Lately you’ve noticed that, on the inside of your thigh, there is a sort of blue bulge. Or perhaps you’ve seen, running up and down your calf, tiny blue lines. You are likely looking at either varicose veins or spider veins. And though they aren’t exactly identical, their treatment, symptoms, and causes are relatively similar.
We are going to take a closer look at both of these so that you can be more familiar with what they are and what you can do about them.
First Things First – Identifying These Types of Veins
Spider veins are closer to the surface of your skin and smaller than varicose veins. In color, they are usually blue or red and can have the appearance of short jagged lines like spiderwebs (ergo their name) or tree branches. And though they can occasionally appear on one’s face, most frequently, they are found somewhere on the legs. Upon your skin, they can be patchy and show up in small or large areas all at one time.
Varicose veins are big veins that may be flesh/nude, blue, or red in appearance. They may look as if they are bulging or twisted cords. They may raise above the surface of the skin and can appear swollen. The most frequent locations for varicose veins are inside the leg, on the back of the calves, or on the thighs. During pregnancy, a woman may find these types of veins around her buttocks and vagina.
Why Do People Get These Types of Veins?
When blood backs up, spider veins can occur. Other reasons for spider veins occurring are as follows:
- Heredity and increased age
- Prolong standing or sitting
- Leg injuries
- Prolonged sun exposure
- Hormone changes as in during pregnancy
When within the veins, there are damaged or weak valves, varicose veins can occur. Against the flow of gravity, from your lower body, blood is pushed back to your heart by the squeezing of leg muscles. As the blood moves up your legs, to prevent it from flowing backwards, there are one-way flaps (or valves) in the veins. Blood can flow back into and collect in veins if the valves weaken. Veins become varicose when the blood backs up making the veins larger.
Is There a Cure For Varicose or Spider Veins?
There are treatments through which you may receive partial or complete relief from these types of veins. Lifestyle changes are a long-term treatment, but there are other ways to deal with varicose and spider veins. Some of the more modern techniques include the following
- Surgeries that are minimally invasive
- Surface laser treatments
- Chemical injection or sclerotherapy
- The wearing of compression stockings
Do I Have To Worry About These Types of Veins?
Though they can sometimes cause some leg discomfort, spider veins aren’t usually serious. Occasionally, they may present the same problems that varicose veins can cause.
Though they can cause discomfort, painful throbbing, or aching, varicose veins may not cause any problems at all. Some serious health problems, however, can present as a result of varicose veins. These are as follows:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Superficial thrombophlebitis
- Ulcers or sores
Spark Laser Center, one of New York’s premier places for high-tech skincare and so much more, makes handling varicose veins and spider veins easier than ever. You can conveniently set up an initial consultation by filling out the form located here. Or if you’d like to talk to someone in person, please give us a call at212-245-0940. Why hesitate when clear, beautiful, younger looking skin is just a phone call away?