Varicose veins and spider veins are a common ailment, especially among those who spend a lot of time on their feet. Though they can be an indicator of something else wrong, they are most often simply a cosmetic issue. Now that summer is just about here and it's time for shorts and sun dresses, it's time to take care of those embarrassing blue lines and enjoy the season in comfort. Dr. Roshini Raj talks to Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb of The Today Show and shares some new treatments and cover ups for your spider and varicose veins.
When the problem veins are collapsed, they are gone forever, but new spider or varicose veins can still form, and wearing compression garments as well as caring for your legs can help improve circulation, preventing future vein problems.
- Sclerotherapy - These treatments involve an injection in the vein that irritates the vein wall lining, causing the vein to collapse. Asclera is one option recently FDA approved for treatment of spider veins and reticular veins (those that are 1 to 3 millimeters in diameter). Sometimes only one injection is needed, though you may need more.
- Lasers - There are many completely non-invasive lasers available for treating spider and varicose veins. The Cynergy laser from Cynosure is one example. The laser uses two distinct wavelengths, and the laser light is absorbed by the blood in the vein causing it to coagulate so that the vein disappears. There is also now a minimally invasive laser treatment, VenaCure EVLT, where the laser is placed inside the vein and delivers heat, collapsing the vein wall.
- Makeup & Compression Garments - If you want to avoid the doctor's office altogether, you can cover up your spider veins as well. There is makeup out there that is made for legs and can help cover up the small blue spider veins. Also, compression garments aid in circulation and are often worn by those who spend a lot of time on their feet to prevent spider vein formation.
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