It's estimated that 30 to 60% of adults are currently dealing with problem veins. These are unsightly, and sometimes painful, veins that can severely damage your self-esteem. Left untreated they can also lead to a host of serious health issues. So what causes problem veins and what can you do about them?
Risk Factors For Problem Veins
Problem veins can arise in several ways. They could simply be hereditary. Occupations that involve long periods of sitting or standing can also cause problem veins. Obesity is another serious risk factor. Women are more at risk than men and the older you get the more common they are.
The Different Types Of Problem Veins
Varicose Veins - Varicose veins are the classic picture of a problem vein. They are severely enlarged, gnarled, and just all around unsightly. These are most commonly found on your legs and feet.
Reticular Veins - These are similar to varicose veins in that they are enlarged, but they typically don't bulge out of the skin. They are often a dark blue or purple in color and can appear on the inside of the thigh, legs, ankles, and sometimes even on the face. Untreated reticular veins can become what is known as "feeder veins" in that they feed an excess of blood into other veins and cause even more issues.
Spider Veins - Spider veins also remain closer to the skin’s surface and they are red or blue in color. They get their name from their recognizable pattern, which is often similar to a spiderweb. They are typically found on the legs and the face.
One thing that these all have in common is that they can be a source of great embarrassment. You may feel like you can't even leave the house in your favorite outfit or enjoy a day at the beach because of your unsightly veins. Fortunately, there are treatment options.
The first thing you should look at with problem veins is your overall health. Are you at a healthy weight? Do you exercise? Are you eating right? The healthier you are the healthier your veins are, and the less likely it is that they'll become damaged. This is a good option for preventing issues, but once the veins are damaged it's difficult to reverse that no matter how healthy you are.
The second option is wearing a support stocking. These are tight fitting hose that apply pressure to the veins and ease any unpleasant symptoms. Dealing with the symptoms is just one aspect of treatment, however. Ideally you want to eliminate the damaged veins entirely, not just alleviate the symptoms. The most effective way to do this is by far laser vein removal.
The Benefits Of Laser Vein Removal
Laser vein removal targets your veins directly, destroying them. After the problem veins are destroyed they are quickly reabsorbed into the body. It's the least invasive form of medical treatment for damaged veins and involves little to no pain and a short recovery process.
Are you looking for an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your laser vein removal? Dr. DeMercurio has over 9 years of experience in the field and his clients hold him in very high regard. Please, contact us at The Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today for more information on laser vein removal.