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It Isn’t Vain to Treat Veins

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At this time of the year, many people look for  varicose and spider leg vein treatments. My practice is equipped to help with both problems.

Spider veins and larger varicose veins are very common concerns among women and men, and many have questions about what can be done to correct them. Some frequently asked questions we receive at my practice include:

What are the various types of veins?

The two most common cosmetically undesirable veins on the legs are spider veins and varicose veins.

  • Spider Veins: small- to medium-size veins that create a tree branch or spiderweb pattern. They are usually reddish or purple.
  • Varicose Veins: larger, bulging veins that are typically blue. They are usually found on the thighs, the back of the knee and calves, they may twist, bulge and cause discomfort.

What are the usual symptoms associated with spider or varicose veins?

Surprisingly, the size of the veins does not always match the symptoms patients experience. Some have large veins with minimal or no symptoms. Others have very few and small spider veins, yet they still report that their legs are tired, feel heavy, are itchy and that their legs swell. Regardless of the size, it is always better to get unwanted veins treated to stop them from getting worse and to prevent future complications.

What treatments are available for leg veins?

The two most common treatments are sclerotherapy and laser procedures. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting the vein with a special solution. This sclerosing solution irritates the vessel walls, causing them to collapse on their own. This in turn stops the blood flow and the vein dries up, shrinks and disappears. Laser vein treatments use laser energy to heat the vein, causing it to fade and disappear.

For specific counsel on how you can remove unwanted veins, make an appointment for an in-person consultation by calling 613.706.4178. We can address your specific issues and ensure you receive a treatment that is customized to your needs.

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