When we we refer to unsightly veins, there are two main culprits: varicose veins and spider veins.
What are unsightly veins?
When we refer to unsightly veins, there are two main culprits: varicose veins and spider veins. Both vein concerns are quite common and can make people self-conscious, especially when showing off their legs. But what is the difference between varicose and spider veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, gnarled veins that typically appear in the feet and legs. A normal vein is very straight, but a varicose one can look a bit like the piping of a sink or toilet. They are usually blue or dark purple in color, and although they are mostly a cosmetic issue, they can occasionally cause pain and discomfort. You may feel aching, cramping, burning, tingling, heaviness or fatigue in the legs.
Spider veins (also known as telangiectasias) are smaller, blue, red or purple vessels that appear twisted like a spiderweb. They are commonly found on legs and face, but they can appear anywhere on the body. When your blood vessels break, your veins can enlarge and dilate beneath the skin’s surface. Age, changes in weather, increased sun exposure, pregnancy, injuries, rosacea, genetics and heavy alcohol consumption can all cause broken blood vessels.
This skin condition does not usually include symptoms, but many people still wish to remove them for aesthetic reasons.
What treatments are offered at Nouveau Medspas?
Dr. Rubin uses sclerotherapy and Icon laser treatments at our medspa in Gig Harbor, Washington. Sclerotherapy is an amazing treatment for smaller varicose and spider veins.* This painless procedure can be performed on the legs, hands, chest and the face. Using a small needle, medication is injected directly into a varicose or spider vein. This will cause the unsightly vein to close so that your blood can be rerouted a nearby, healthier vein.* The treated vein will then disappear.*
*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed