4 questions everyone has about spider veins
It may still seem too early to start thinking about summer, especially if you aren't necessarily looking forward to the season of shorts, skirts and bathing suits. However, now is the right time to consider the procedures that can help you look great when you head out to soak up the sun. Here, we discuss the four biggest questions about spider veins, and how you can help yours disappear before summer arrives:
1. What causes them? Contrary to some myths, spider (or varicose) veins aren't caused by crossing your legs or wearing high heels. The problem is more likely to be brought on or exacerbated by aging, long periods of sitting or standing, obesity, lack of exercise, smoking and hormonal birth control, according to Dr. Luis Navarro, the founder and medical director of the Vein Treatment Center in New York City.
2. How common are they? A lot of men and women suffer from varicose veins. The Office of Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that between 50 and 55 percent of women and 40 and 45 percent of men have them.
3. Why should I treat them? While spider veins are more often a cosmetic concern rather than a health one, there are still some risks associated with them. They can be uncomfortable, for one, making it harder for you to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. In some other cases, they can be a warning sign for blood clots, deep vein thrombosis and poor circulation.
4. How can I treat them? At Skin & Cosmetic Solutions, we offer an effective sclerotherapy treatment that administers an injection of sotradecol directly into the spider vein. That solution then causes the blood to clot and for the vessel to disappear from view over time. This treatment typically needs three to six weeks to show results. After a few treatments, most patients experience 75 to 80 percent improvement.
To schedule an appointment, visit Skin & Cosmetic Solutions today!