Cold is out. Hot is in. It’s almost summer and it’s the season for shorts, skirts, and swimsuits. Are your legs and thighs ready for summer? Hair? Check. Scars? Check. Varicose Veins? Oh no!
Varicose veins may appear as ugly bumps or bluish spiders that are tangled under your skin. Women of all ages experience this and it affects their self-confidence. Worry no more! There are safe and effective treatments to help you get rid of it.
Here are useful tips to teach you more about varicose veins and how to manage it.
What is Varicose Vein?
Varicose veins are swollen and twisted veins. They are dark purple or blue and at times surrounded by patches of broken veins. They are the result of weakened walls of the veins or inflammation which impedes in normal blood flow. The swelling and enlargement is caused by blood that gets stuck in the vein.
It can be painful but rarely harmful. Commonly, it affects the legs and thighs because long walks and excessive standing increase the pressure in the veins on this part of the body.
Who Gets Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are a fairly common problem in both males and females. It affects people of any age and skin color. However, women are twice as likely to develop them especially during their childbearing years.
Risk factors include:
- Obesity. Overweight and inactive lifestyles which are common among obese people tend to cause the swelling of the veins.
- Pregnancy. Pregnant women circulate higher volumes of blood to support the growth of the fetus which decreases blood flow in the lower body resulting in swollen veins in the calves.
- Poor Lifestyle. Sedentary or inactive lifestyles can increase the risk of developing varicose veins. Wrong posture, long walks, and standing too long increase the pressure on our veins.
- Age. The likelihood of developing varicose increases with age, because of wear and tear on the vein valves.
What are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins can affect either superficial or internal veins. Superficial varicose veins are conspicuous: these are bulging or enlarged veins that are palpable and look dark purple or blue. On the other hand, internal varicose develops deep inside the layers of skin and can manifest any of the following symptoms:
- Aching, burning, or throbbing feeling on the affected area
- Itchiness around the veins
- Bleeding from varicose veins
What are Effective Treatments Available?
Varicose veins are unsightly and if you are searching for effective treatments to get rid of it, there are several options that you can consider.
- Sclerotherapy uses a foam solution which is injected to the veins to seal them off.
- Laser treatment is safe and effective and does not include incisions or needles. It uses a beam of light to close off and fade the varicose and spider veins.
- Endoscopic vein surgery is used only in advanced cases that include leg ulcers.
How SkinCell Can Help You
An advanced skin clinic in Taguig, SkinCell offers a range of laser and light treatment for unsightly spider and varicose veins. Our world-class dermatologists use US FDA approved lasers and energy based devices to treat varicose veins by directing a beam of light to the affected areas. This noninvasive procedure treats damaged or weak veins in order to fade the unsightly manifestation.
You can visit our skin clinic in Taguig for a consultation and assessment of your condition.
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