Eliminating Spider Veins
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Spider veins are a common problem, affecting fifty percent of women and forty percent of men. The red or blue web-like veins appear most often on the legs, ankles, and thighs, but have been known to also occur on the hands, forearms, and face. They happen when the valves and walls of the veins are weak, which results in blood starting to pool in them. This pooling of blood increases pressure on the vein and causes it to become enlarged. Spider veins can be caused by many different things, including genetics, sun damage, sitting or standing for long periods of time, weight gain, and hormonal changes. Spider veins are not harmful to your overall health, but if you are self-conscious, there are ways to eliminate them.
Treatments for spider veins involve collapsing the weak vein, which is not harmful to your health, and allows the blood to make its way through your body by means of healthier veins. There are several minimally invasive treatments to choose from when it comes to eliminating spider veins.
One way to eliminate spider veins is through laser treatment. During laser treatment, pulses of light are directed into the spider vein, causing tiny blood clots to form. This blocks off the blood vessel, stops blood from pooling there, and then absorbs the vein back into the body.
Another treatment that can eliminate your spider veins is endovenous laser therapy. Relatively new, in this procedure a small incision is made in the vein and a laser fiber is placed inside under the guidance of an ultrasound. This laser is then activated and applies heat directly to the vein as it is removed, causing it to collapse.
Nic Yost CNP Fnp-Bc, owner and operator of BeautyMed offers a treatment that is different from these two in that she injects a solution into the vein itself. “What the solution does is collapse the veins, and once collapsed, it allows blood to reroute to healthier veins making the spider veins go away,” said Yost. The number of treatments it takes to eliminate them greatly depends, “some people come in just as they start, so then one treatment is fine, but for my extreme cases it may take multiple treatments,” said Yost.
Yost went on to explain that spider veins will probably be a continuing problem if you are on your feet most of the day. “I recommend things like compression socks. They place pressure on the veins in the lower legs, which can help improve blood flow. Better blood flow reduces the likelihood of blood pooling and prevents further spider veins,” said Yost. Other ways to improve circulation and reduce the likelihood of spider veins include exercise, elevating your legs, and trying not to sit or stand for too long at one time.
You can learn more about Nic Yost, CNP, Fnp-Bc and BeautyMed, along with a full list of the services Yost provides at MyBeautyMed.com