It's time to treat those pesky leg veins

May 07, 2018

Veins move blood up the legs and back towards your heart.  The blood in your leg veins is pushing against gravity, which tries to pull it back downwards. Your veins have one way valves that should stop this blood flowing the wrong way.

Over the years, the walls of your veins may get weaker and stretch at some points. If this happens near a valve, the valve may become leaky, allowing blood to flow backwards with gravity. This puts extra pressure on the next valve back, causing it to become leaky. Over time, these veins become enlarged and blood pools in them, making them stand out - these are what we know as varicose veins.

Spider and leg  veins these are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that also twist and turn. Spider veins are easily visible through the skin, as well.

Varicose veins and Spider veins develop more often in women than in men. They increase in frequency with age. An estimated 30% to 60% of adults have varicose veins or spider veins.

What causes Varicose Veins & Spider Veins

A number of factors predispose a person to varicose veins and spider veins. These include:

  • Genetics
  • A lot of standing, e.g nurses, hair stylists, teachers, and factory workers
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal influences of pregnancy, puberty, and menopause
  • The use of birth control pills
  • Postmenopausal hormonal replacement
  • A history of blood clots
  • Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, such as tumors, constipation, and externally worn garments like girdles.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

  • Many people with Varicose Veins and Spider Veins complain of aching or cramping in the legs.
  • Tiredness, heaviness, burning, restlessness, tingling or throbbing in the legs. Pain from these veins is usually relieved by elevating the legs or by wearing support hose.
  • For women, they may find discomfort worse during certain parts of the menstrual cycle or during pregnancy.
  • In some cases varicose veins can form a painful blood clot with inflammation of the vein.

Treatment Options for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Lifestyle changes. Lots  of walking, weight loss if required and good skin hygiene,  can help minimise varicose veins and spider veins.

Support stockings. A simple approach is to wear properly-fitting support hosiery/stockings. They come in below-the-knee, above-the-knee, and pantyhose styles.  They will assist with any discomfort.

Sclerotherapy.  This treatment uses a highly concentrated sclerosant solution that is injected directly into the vein, causing the vein to disappear gradually over time. Sclerotherapy is a simple walk in walk out procedure. You may need a series of treatment depending on your circumstances.  We will discuss this at your initial consultation.

Endovenous laser treatment is a procedure in which a small laser fiber is inserted into the vein. Pulses of laser light are delivered inside the vein, which causes the vein to collapse. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic at me clinic.

Is there a good time to have treatment?

Most patients prefer to have treatment for veins during the cooler months of Autumn and Winter. The main reason for this is you do need to wear compression stockings post treatment and it is more comfortable to do so when the weather is cooler.

Do Medicare Rebates apply?

Medicare Item numbers may apply depending on your circumstances. Your eligibility for medicare rebates will be discussed at your initial consultation.

So how do I get started?

Call me clinic on 9569 3511 to book you appointment with one of our highly experience doctors and lets get your legs looking great for Spring.

 

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