Varicose veins are large, painful veins that are frequently seen on the legs of pregnant women and people who spend most of their day on their feet. Other factors that influence the development of varicose veins are heredity, obesity, and hormones. Varicose veins cause pain, restlessness, burning, or tingling in the legs. Support stockings can help with the pain. Spider veins are very small, thin veins that can be seen just under the skin.
These veins are not usually painful, but many people find them unattractive. Spider veins are commonly seen in people who also have varicose veins. If both are present, varicose veins should be treated first. Removed spider veins will return if varicose veins are not treated.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment that involves injecting a saline solution into the vein, causing the vein to be reabsorbed into the body and disappear from sight. The procedure is done in a physician’s office and requires no downtime. Varicose veins can completely disappear in a matter of weeks. Laser treatments produce similar results but may require more than one treatment. Be sure to consult with Dr. Zizmor for treatment options that would apply to your case.