There are a number of reasons why you may want to visit a vein treatment center. Among the most common of these include spider veins and varicose veins.
A Closer Look at Spider Veins
In most cases, spider vein patients find that no pain is present, but their signs and symptoms may include:
* Veins that appear swollen, bulging, and twisted
* Veins that are dark purple or blue
* Aching legs or heavy legs, particularly at night or after exercise
* Minor injuries to the area may lead to longer bleeding than is normal
* An area of skin discoloration near the vein that is typically blue or brown
* Leg cramps after suddenly standing up
* Restless leg syndrome
* Atrophie Blanche
Anytime normal blood flow is disrupted, there will be a risk of complications. In most cases, varicose veins do not lead to any complications. When they do occur, they may require a visit to our vein treatment center. Things to look out for can include:
* Bleeding or blood clots, leading to vein inflammation
* Chronic venous insufficiency: Due to poor blood flow, the skin may not properly exchange nutrients, oxygen, and waste products with the blood as it should. Varicose veins do not cause chronic venous insufficiency, but the two conditions are closely intertwined. This is a good time to dispel the rumor that crossing your legs leads to the development of spider veins. Feel free to cross your legs if you want to; just be sure to move around some throughout the day so that your blood is pumping. Pregnancy presents a similar situation in that additional abdominal pressure can squeeze your veins. Hormones can also play a role. Women with excess estrogen or progesterone have more flexible soft tissue. This can lead to veins becoming more susceptible to dilating and stretching out.
Spider Veins: Risk Factors
Some of the factors that can increase your odds of developing spider veins include:
* Being older: Vein valves often grow weaker over time. Muscles that support leg veins and help them pump blood in the right direction can weaken as you get older.
* Pregnancy: The combination of increased blood flow through your body and additional weight created by the fetus will build pressure on your leg veins while you are pregnant. After giving birth, some women find that their spider veins resolve themselves, but they can also become a permanent feature.
* Hormones: Hormone treatments for menopause, or birth control medication, can boost your odds of developing spider veins since estrogen can weaken the valves in your veins.
* Vein damage or a previous blood clot: These conditions can result in damage to your vein valves, making them unable to function correctly.
* Excessive facial pressure: Facial pressure can be caused by forcefully sneezing, coughing, or vomiting. In some cases, women may develop facial spider veins when forcefully pushing during childbirth.
* Sun damage: Exposure to UV radiation can damage your skin, leading to the development of broken blood vessels or spider veins, particularly those that form on the face.
Downsides of Home Remedies
Forget about home remedies for spider veins. Some of the treatments may make you feel temporarily better, but there will be no visible difference. Lotions, ointments, creams, and rubbing will not make your spider veins go away. This is a condition that you need to leave to a professional at a vein treatment center.
Professional Treatment for Spider Veins
Spider veins are not normally harmful, but if you have them, you may want to have them treated for cosmetic reasons. Luckily, you have a number of treatment options to remove your spider veins permanently.
Wearing compression socks or stockings will place some pressure on veins in the leg area. Prescription compression stockings are able to apply the most pressure to the treatment area. They only come with a prescription and are available in various strengths and sizes.
We perform a sclerotherapy procedure by injecting your spider veins with a special solution that irritates the vein walls, leading to their collapse. This causes the destruction of the spider vein, which is then absorbed by your body harmlessly. Any blood that was once flowing through the spider vein will be naturally rerouted into neighboring blood vessels that are healthy.
After your sclerotherapy procedure, you will be given a detailed set of instructions to follow to ensure that you heal quickly and completely. You will be encouraged to walk some each day after your treatment. Avoid vigorous, prolonged physical activity.
This is a more modern technique for removing spider veins. It relies upon the use of a laser instead of a chemical solution. We transmit focused wavelengths of light into the spider vein treatment area, causing their collapse. As with sclerotherapy, the destroyed blood vessels will now be absorbed by your body. The blood that once was transported through the spider vein will be taken up by surrounding blood vessels.
A Closer Look at Vascular Disease-Related Conditions
Did you know that many serious diseases revolve around cardiovascular and vascular health? Proof of this can be seen when you look at the statistics. For example, it is estimated that over 65 percent of people who have diabetes and who are over 65 will die because of heart disease. Another 16 percent will die because of a stroke. Both of these issues are related to vascular health.
Adults who have diabetes are more likely to have heart disease and to die from heart disease than individuals who do not have diabetes. It is for this reason that the American Heart Association sees a strong link between diabetes and risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
But the question is, why? What link is there between having diabetes and an increased risk of vascular or cardiovascular disease? First and foremost, it’s important to understand that diabetes can be treated. However, even when a person has their sugar levels under control, the increased risk of heart disease or strokes does not go away. The reason for this is that individuals with diabetes, especially those who are dealing with type II diabetes, have secondary conditions that increase the risk of vascular disease.
It is very common for individuals with type II diabetes to battle with high blood pressure. High blood pressure has been linked to vascular diseases for many decades. There is a connection between hypertension and insulin resistance. When a person is dealing with type II diabetes and they also have hypertension, their risk for vascular diseases increases.
Vascular diseases and obesity go hand-in-hand. And obesity has been linked to insulin resistance. Many individuals, although not all, with type II diabetes are obese. Many of them are battling with high blood pressure as well. It is clear to see how this is the perfect cocktail for vascular and heart problems.
The bottom line is, vascular diseases and the related conditions should not be taken lightly. It can be life-threatening. Another example of this can be seen in the condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a disorder that results in a blood clot in the deeper veins in the body. It is mainly associated with veins in the legs, but it could develop in the pelvis and other areas of the body. About half of the people who have DVT show no symptoms, but people who sit for long periods, are over 60 and smoke are at higher risk and should be aware of possible signs of a problem.
If a blood clot in your legs breaks away from the vein wall, it may travel to your lungs. This is a pulmonary embolism and is very serious. There may not be any symptoms, but if you suddenly start to cough and bring up blood or have sharp chest pain and shortness of breath with severe lightheadedness, you should immediately get help.
During a consultation with the specialist at our vein treatment center, you will be asked about your medical history and any symptoms you may have experienced. Sometimes certain tests are given to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms, and you may have a complete physical exam.
Since DVT can be difficult to detect, it is safer to know some of the main causes. If you have already had DVT, there is a 30 percent chance you may have it again. It may also be hereditary. If you have had long periods of bed rest, are over the age of 40, and are obese or pregnant, you may be at higher risk. If you have been injured in an accident, you may be at risk for developing a blood clot. If it is diagnosed early, deep vein thrombosis may be cured.
Set Up a Consultation
Whether you have spider veins and/or varicose veins or you suspect you may be dealing with another vascular-related concern, it’s important to visit a vein treatment center sooner rather than later. Turn to the professionals at Coastal Vein Care for advanced treatments and personalized care. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in Corona Del Mar.