San Diego Vein Institute

Step into Summer with Confidence: Zap Those Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, and with this warm weather, Southern California will see no shortage of days perfect for bathing suits and shorts. However, for many women, bathing suits and shorts bring on a sense of dread, even anxiety. Body insecurity is a very real force and should not be dismissed as vanity or overreaction. In a culture celebrating perfection, any perceived imperfection can be a hit to a woman’s self-esteem (or any person’s, for that matter). But besides weight and muscle tone, there is a condition that causes a lot of dread for women who are afraid to expose their legs: the presence of varicose veins and spider veins.

Varicose veins, those blue ropes under the skin, are in fact a medical condition, which means they should not go untreated. While varicose veins are common enough, they are weakened veins that allow blood to pool, which can lead to much more serious medical conditions. While removal using sclerotherapy doesn’t prevent future varicose veins from forming, the procedure closes off the weakened and problematic veins, leaving legs smoother and healthier.

Spider veins, on the other hand, are much more common and quite harmless. Spider veins, known as telangiectasias, are enlarged venules, which are the very small veins and blood vessels. Fortunately, in most cases, spider veins are painless. Though they are much smaller than varicose veins, occurring closer to the surface of the skin, they can clump and cause purple or red discolorations in the legs. Though they are also caused by weakened lining of the vein, there are not as significant as their older varicose cousin, and so are not considered a medical condition—meaning that any treatment, such as with a simple laser therapy—is considered “cosmetic” and won’t be covered by most insurance plans.

However, don’t underestimate the power of a “cosmetic” procedure. For some women, having clear and smooth legs free of spider veins means having the confidence to live their best life, not worrying about judgment or comparison to others. Self-confidence is a powerful tool, one that goes a long way to establishing overall wellbeing. With self-confidence and wellbeing, very often stress and anxiety can be reduced (or better managed), which can subsequently lower blood pressure. And when blood pressure is lowered, the risk for getting more spider veins or varicose veins can also be reduced.

So what is the difference between the laser therapy required for removing spider veins and the sclerotherapy used for removing varicose veins? When treating spider veins with laser therapy, the laser damages the blood vessels, making them clot and dry up, at which point, they will get reabsorbed by the body’s tissue. This non-invasive treatment can be done in the office on a very short lunch break, for instance, or after a surf session or beach jog. This treatment is different from sclerotherapy, generally used for the treatment of varicose veins, which entails an injection of medicine directly into the blood vessel.

Both procedures are incredibly safe and easy and can be done with a quick in-office visit. If your spider veins have you dreading summer and you are ready for laser treatment, or if you want to know more about laser therapy or sclerotherapy, contact us at 760-944-9263 or visit us at www.sdveininstitute.com.

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