What Treatments Can Assist With My Leg Veins?
Shorts might not be what many Texans think about wearing in the middle of the holiday season, but it might be the best time to start thinking about getting your legs ready for summer. “Many people have reservations about showing their legs because of visible and prominent veins,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board certified Dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology. If you are self conscious about the appearance of your legs, you might ask: What can I do to help minimize or remove these spider veins?
What’s The Cause?
“Understanding what’s causing your vein disease is the initial step in deciding the best treatment,” explains Dr. Mamelak.
True varicose veins are generally considered the larger veins seen on the legs. These tend to be raised and more tortuous. “Varicose veins can be a sign of impaired blood flow in one of the larger vessels deep under the skin,” Dr. Mamelak shares. Their treatment could require an endovenous ablation or surgical procedure to treat them.
Spider veins are smaller more superficial vessels that can be commonly seen. These vessels can be hereditary, and found in heavier individuals or those who are on their feet for long periods of time. “Although spider veins are a common cosmetic complaint, they are also much more easily treated.” It is possible to remove these broken blood vessels and rejuvenate your legs with a fresh and more youthful appearance.
There are a variety of treatment options for spider veins. Compression socks or stockings is one of the best preventative approaches for leg veins and can halt the development or progression of these lesions.
“Sclerotherapy is one of the most effective ways to treat spider veins found in the legs,” Dr. Mamelak says. Injecting Asclera and other sclerosing agents into the individual unwanted vessels causes them to collapse on themselves and get resorbed by the body, hence removing any visible markings on the skin. “We see great outcomes with sclerotherapy with long-lasting results,” says Dr. Mamelak.
Laser therapy is another highly effective treatment option for superficial leg veins. The V-Beam Perfecta, a pulsed dye laser, strategically targets red blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin, selectively damaging the vessels and removing them.