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Friday, July 5, 2013

Different Options for Spider Vein Treatment

While some effects of aging are inevitable, particularly certain health problems, other cosmetic features of aging can be avoided. Broken capillaries or varicose veins can cause uncomfortable appearances on your arms or legs. If you want to feel confident in your body and reduce the effects of these conditions, consider the different options for spider vein treatment in Columbus.

What Causes Spider Veins?

First of all, it’s important to understand what spider veins are and what causes them. Spider veins are a smaller version of varicose veins, which are enlarged and colored veins (usually blue, red, or simply flesh-colored). The veins appear swollen and gnarly or twisted, like cords of rope, and appear most often on the thighs and calves, or, during pregnancy, around the buttocks and vagina. Spider veins are less swollen and appear as spider webs or jagged branches under the surface of the skin; they usually appear on the legs or face. They are caused by the backup of blood, either through weak valves, hormonal changes (particularly in pregnancy), harmful sun exposure, aging, or physical injuries.

How Can They Be Treated?

Spider veins and the more serious version, varicose veins, may not be immediately dangerous, but they can cause uncomfortable itching or burning in the affected areas. More serious cases can lead to sores, bleeding, thrombosis (blood clots), and skin ulcers, among other conditions. Various treatments have been developed to relieve symptoms and improve cosmetic appearances. Some of these treatments include compression stockings (which place pressure on your veins to encourage blood flow), sclerotherapy (which injects chemicals that cause vein walls to close and turn to scar tissue), laser treatments (which cause veins to slowly fade and disappear, depending on the skin type and color), and in rarer cases, surgery. Though this list doesn’t represent all of the possible treatments, it covers the most common ones. All of these different forms of spider vein treatment in Columbus have different side effects and qualifying criteria, so it’s best to consult with your doctor about the best treatment for you.

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