Varicose and spider veins affect a huge portion of the population. Unfortunately, although they affect such a high volume of people, effective and ‘best practice’ treatment of varicose and spider veins is largely misunderstood.
The specific causes of varicose and spider veins are not known. However, in many cases, they run in families, and women do seem to suffer from them more often than men. While there are no known specific causes, there are a number of factors which predispose a person to varicoseand spider veins. Some of these include genetics, obesity, post-menopausal hormone replacement therapies, a history of blood clots, occupations which involve a lot of standing and use of birth control pills.
Some other causes may include conditions which cause increased pressure in the abdomen, trauma or injury to the skin, previous vein surgery or exposure to ultraviolet rays.
Perhaps the biggest misconception surrounding the treatment of varicose and spider veins is the belief that treatment is only performed for cosmetic purposes.
Varicose veins develop because of an underlying problem with the venous valves which keep blood from flowing in the wrong direction. When left untreated, varicose veins can lead to many debilitating symptoms, including: swelling in the leg, venous eczema, discolouration of skin, hardening of the lower leg and ankle, and ulceration.
Varicose and spider veins can also signal a range of long-term adverse health risks including: deep vein thrombosis and blood clots.
Dr Pin offers a range of treatments to address concerns with varicose and spider veins.
Both spider veins and varicose veins can easily be eliminated through sclerotherapy, laser ablation or microphlebectomy. New technology and modern sclerotherapy techniques mean patients do not require hospital admission or general anaesthetic.
Upon seeing the great results and realising how easy the process is, many patients often wonder why they waited so long to eliminate their veins.
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