Varicose and Spider Veins FAQ

||Varicose and Spider Veins FAQ

Varicose and Spider Veins FAQ

It’s summer, San Diego. So why are you wearing pants? This is the time to shimmy into your favorite shorts and show a little skin. If you’re hiding in pants because of an embarrassing mess of veins on the backs of your legs, we may be able to help. At Viva Wellness in San Diego, we have a solution for getting rid of varicose and spider veins.

Need a little more information before you call to schedule an appointment? Take a look below at our frequently asked questions about varicose and spider veins.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are large, unsightly veins that look like cords or ropes bulging and twisting beneath the surface of the skin. They may be red, blue, or flesh-colored, and they appear most often in the legs.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins, resembling spider webs more than ropes. Spider veins are closer to the surface of the skin and often cover a wider area than varicose veins. They may appear on the legs, the face, or other parts of the body and are blue or red in color.

What causes varicose veins?

Veins lead the blood back to the heart. They have one-way valves that keep the blood from flowing backward. When those valves are weak or faulty, the blood pools in the vein. This causes the vein to stretch and bulge, resulting in varicose veins.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins are dilated superficial blood vessels that can be caused by the backup of blood, but they can also be caused by exposure to sun, hormone changes, injuries, or increased pressure from standing for long periods of time (common in nurses and teachers).

Do I need to see a doctor about my varicose and spider veins?

More often than not, varicose and spider veins do not indicate a serious health problem. In some cases, they may cause uncomfortable symptoms such as heaviness, swelling, sores, rashes, or an aching pain.  If you are experiencing these symptoms or others that you think may be related to your varicose or spider veins, it is a good idea to see a doctor. But in most cases, varicose veins and spider veins are merely aesthetically unpleasing.

Is there any way to get rid of varicose and spider veins?

Yes, you have a few different options for treating or eliminating varicose and spider veins. Sometimes they can be treated with lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, exercising to increase circulation, wearing compression stockings, and elevating your feet. But if you find that lifestyle changes don’t get rid of your varicose and spider veins, you do have options for elimination. One of the best methods for the elimination of varicose and spider veins is sclerotherapy.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a 30- to 45-minute procedure that involves the injection of a solution into the faulty vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vein and causes it to shut down.  The blood is then redirected to healthy veins.  The closed vein is reabsorbed by the body, and your varicose or spider veins disappear. It does take some time, but within 3 to 6 weeks (if you have spider veins) or 3 to 4 months (if you have varicose veins) you’ll have your gorgeous legs back!

Let us help get you back into your favorite pair of shorts

With all this San Diego sun, don’t you want the confidence to bare your legs again? At Viva Wellness, we can help eliminate your varicose or spider veins with sclerotherapy. For more information or to schedule a consultation, give us a call today.

You’ll be so glad you did.

2019-05-22T23:23:48+00:00August 15th, 2016|