What are varicose veins and spider veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored. They tend to be appear twisted and bulging and have the characteristics of cords. At times they can be raised above the skin surface and be swollen. They are usally found on the inside of legs, thighs, and backs of the calves. Varicose veins can also develop during pregnancy and can form around the vagina and buttocks.
Spider veins are often to be red or blue. They are similar to varicose veins but smaller. Spider veins are closer to the skin surface than varicose veins. They resemble spiderwebs with their short, jagged lines. They can take large or small parts of the skin and are commonly found on the leg and face face areas.
What causes varicose veins and spider veins?
Spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood. They can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.
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Sclerotherapy, a microfoam sclerosant, is used to treat spider veins, reticular veins, and varicosities. Using a tiny needle the veins are selected and microfoam in injected allowing irriation of the vein lining. Overtime, usually within 6 weeks, the vein closes and reabsorbed. Bruising and pigmentation may occur during treatment. Bruising usually disappears within two weeks while pigmentation can last for several months.