Many women are self conscious about the appearance of varicose veins on their legs. Come summer time, wearing shorts and skirts can cause many women to avoid being outside and showing their legs. Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin and are very noticeable with their deep color.
Excessive weight from pregnancy or from being overweight or having a job where a person must stand for long periods of time increases pressure on the leg veins. Excessive pressure on the legs can lead to varicose veins. Varicose veins look swollen and blue under the skin, and they make cause burning or aching feelings in the legs. Some people experience itching over the vein, and a mild cortisone cream can calm the itching sensation.
There are serious symptoms that can come from varicose veins such as leg swelling along with pain. If the varicose veins are painful or cause serious swelling they could be a sign of a blockage that will require treatment.
Laser vein therapy is a very successful method of treating varicose veins. Lasers are successful at destroying the vein. Heat from a laser damages the vein and causes scar tissue to form. The scar tissue will close the vein and keep it from spreading. A closed vein will lose its source of blood and will die. Typically more than one laser session will be necessary to destroy the vein(s).
Simple laser vein therapy is a popular and safe method for treating varicose veins on the legs and ankles, and many women turn to their doctors for successful treatments.
Posted on behalf of Benjamin Stong, MD, Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC