Varicose veins treatment. How to get rid of spider veins?
Varicose veins, commonly referred to as "varicosities", represent enlarged veins affected by a disease called "venous insufficiency". Varicosities are not the only symptom of this disease. Heaviness, swelling, pain, difficulties walking and even standing are some of other symptoms.
In normally functioning veins, leaflet valves open as blood flows toward the heart and close to prevent blood from flowing backward. Leg muscles pump the veins to return blood to the heart, against the effects of gravity. When these valves malfunction, blood remains in the veins (instead of moving upward to the heart and lungs), resulting in a buildup of pressure that weakens their vein’s walls and causes them to bulge. This venous insufficiency, leads to the development of varicose veins and spider veins.
Varicose veins can appear anywhere in the body, they are most commonly found in the in the superficial veins of the legs because standing and walking increases pressure in the lower extremities.
Most common complications of the venous insufficiency are:
- Pain, heaviness, inability to walk or stand for a long time
- Blood clotting within affected veins (thrombosis)
- Skin conditions /Ulcers/ Dermatitis
- Severe bleeding from minor trauma
First signs of vascular insufficiency are telangiectasias (spider veins), which are similar to varicose veins, but are smaller and found closer to the skin's surface.
For decades the only option was the in-hospital surgical ligation and stripping of the veins under general anesthesia.
Today’s alternatives are: laser ablation, sclerotherapy, electrothermal coagulation, pharmacotherapy, and ozone treatment of telangiectasias.
During the sclerotherapy the medicine (sclerosing solution)is injected into the vein, causing it toshrink immediately, forcing blood to reroute through collateral vessels which are healthier.
After the procedure, treated veins fade within a few weeks. In some cases, several sclerotherapy treatments may be required.
Sclerotherapy is an ambulatory procedure taking only about 10 minutes to perform. Afterwards the doctor puts an elastic band upon the skin.
Ozone therapy proved to be effective for treating spider veins in the facial area.
Sometimes several methods should be combined to obtain the best results. Each case is treated individually by high class professionals and satisfactory results can be almost guaranteed!
Venus insufficiency is a chronic disease! The earlier you begin to treat it, the more chances you have to prevent its progressing without surgery! Take care!