As the season starts to change and the temperature slowly warms, residents in Boise will be trading in long winter pants and skirts for more warm weather attire like shorts, sundresses, and swimsuits. If you suffer from spider veins, the time to seek treatment for them is now! At Advanced Vein Therapy, we help our clients prep for summer by offering fast, safe, effective treatments for spider veins.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are those thin blue, red, or purple lines that appear just below the skin’s surface. As the name implies, these veins can create unsightly ‘webs’ across your thighs, ankles, feet, and calves. Though generally subtle, their appearance can keep you from wanting to wear sandals, skirts, shorts, or other summer attire.
While generally more common among women, spider veins can and do impact men as well. Some consider them primarily a cosmetic concern, but they can impact your self-esteem and may keep you from engaging in swimming, boating, bicycling, or other healthy summer activities. They can also be an indicator of venous insufficiency, which can impact your circulation. In some cases, they may eventually lead to larger, more serious varicose veins.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Your veins carry blood to and from the heart, allowing it to provide oxygen and other nutrients to different parts of the body. Within these veins, there are valves that act as flaps, which help to regulate blood flow. When these valves are damaged and fail to work properly, it can cause blood to leak back into the vein, rather than pumping through to the heart.
As this blood continues to pool, it builds pressure and weakens the walls of the vein. As a result, the vein swells and becomes varicose, eventually becoming visible just below the skin’s surface. Other types of venous insufficiency can also cause spider veins. Some people suffer only the cosmetic symptoms associated with them, while others experience swelling, itchy, and general physical discomfort in the affected area.
Spider veins are often hereditary and something your parents or grandparents may have struggled with. Other factors that can make you more likely to suffer spider veins include:
- Being overweight;
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle;
- Standing or sitting for long periods on your job;
- Suffering from blood clots or other circulatory issues.
How to Get Rid of Spider Veins Before Summer
Now that you know a little about spider veins, the big question remains… how to get rid of them. Fortunately, there is a fast, safe, and highly effective treatment available. It can help you eliminate spider veins in time for summer, so you are ready to wear shorts, swimsuits, and all of your other favorite attire.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure our spider vein specialists at AVT regularly perform in our Boise office. It is considered one of the most advanced and effective treatments currently available for spider veins. Minimally invasive and relatively pain-free, it involves using a thin, fine needle to inject a sterile solution into the affected spider vein. This solution acts as an irritant to the vein, causing it to shrink. While some patients report immediate results, it may take several treatments before your spider veins completely disappear from view.
About Sclerotherapy at AVT
For people seeking relief from spider veins in time for the summer months, sclerotherapy offers a perfect solution. The following details what you can expect during your visit and afterward:
- At your initial examination, our experts will review your medical history, the severity of your spider veins, and develop a course of treatment.
- Before any procedure, our friendly staff will review your medical history and answer any additional questions.
- Your sclerotherapy treatment will take anywhere between thirty minutes to an hour.
- If you have extensive spider veins, multiple treatments may be required.
- Patients can generally resume their usual activities immediately after.
Wearing a compression stocking for two weeks after the procedure is recommended to ensure the best results. Some patients report experiencing some swelling or tenderness around the injection site immediately after. Tylenol can be used to alleviate any mild discomfort you have.
Get Ready For Summer at Advanced Vein Therapy
Do not let spider veins keep you from enjoying the summer activities you love. Prep for summer now and contact Advanced Vein Therapy to discuss the treatment options available.