Facial and Leg Vein Treatment Newport Beach
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are abnormal, dilated blood vessels caused by a weakening in the vessel wall. They might appear as clusters of blue or purple veins and are sometimes surrounded by thin red capillaries known as spider veins.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Symptoms usually appear before the age of 40 and might include:
- Clusters of purple or blue veins
- Swollen legs, ankles and feet
- Muscle cramps, soreness, or aching in the legs
- Legs that feel heavy
- Itching around the vein
- Leg muscles that tire easily
- Brown discoloration of the skin
What are the risk factors?
- Sex: Half of women between ages 40 and 50 have some form of varicose veins. Four times more women than men have varicose veins, and they become more prevalent with age.
- Age: There is an increased risk of varicose veins with aging because wear and tear on the valves in the veins develops.
- Obesity: More weight on the legs leads to an increase in pressure in the veins.
- Family history: You have a greater chance of developing varicose veins if there is a family history.
- Lack of movement: Occupations that involve sitting or standing for extended periods of time often predispose people to varicose veins.
How are varicose veins treated?
Regular exercise and elevating your legs while sitting and sleeping might keep varicose and spider veins from getting worse. Wearing special elastic support stockings during daily activities also can provide extra support and relieve aching, sore legs. When you need to stand for long periods of time, take frequent breaks to walk around, sit down, and elevate your feet.
Depending on their size and location, varicose and spider veins can be treated with surgery, injections (sclerotherapy), or laser surgery.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment option that involves injecting a chemical solution into the veins to make them collapse. Because the veins can no longer carry blood, they will eventually disappear.
Sclerotherapy requires multiple sessions. Ten to 40 veins may be treated in one session. Treatments are usually scheduled four to six weeks apart to allow for complete healing.
The only discomfort during sclerotherapy is the sensation of small needle pricks. For two to four weeks after treatment, you will wear support stockings. Walking and moderate exercise also can help speed recovery. Temporary reactions to the treatment might include slight swelling of the leg or foot, minor bruising, itching, redness, or mild soreness. Other possible side effects include the development of telangiectasias (small clusters of red blood vessels), skin ulcerations, and brown pigmentation around the treated vessels.
Once treated, the veins disappear over a period of six months and do not recur. However, sclerotherapy treatment cannot stop new varicose or spider veins from developing.