Why we get visible leg veins
Varicose and spider veins are damaged veins. We develop them when tiny, one-way valves inside the veins weaken. In healthy veins, these valves push blood in one direction — back to our heart. When these valves weaken, some blood flows backward and accumulates in the vein. Extra blood in the vein puts pressure on the walls of the vein.
With continual pressure, the vein walls weaken and bulge. In time, we see a varicose or spider vein.
Risk factors for developing spider leg veins
Some people have a higher risk of developing these veins. If blood relatives have them, you have a higher risk. Many people get them because they sit or stand for long periods most days of the week. These veins also become more common with age and during pregnancy.
Spider veins can also be caused by sunlight, hormonal changes, or an injury.
How do we manage leg veins
Elevate your legs
Get up and walk around every 30 minutes if sit for long period
If need to stand for long time, take a break every 30 minutes
Avoid soaking in hot baths for long periods of time
Wear compressive stocking
Treatment modalities for spider leg veins
Laser Spider Vein Removals - We are using the Elite IQ ( Alexandrite/ND-YAG) to treat spider vein
Small spider veins may disappear immediately after treatment.
Larger spider veins and varicose veins will darken, and you’ll likely see them for 1 to 3 months before they disappear.
To get complete clearing, you may need 3 or more treatments.
Most patients can return to work and many of their normal activities the next day.
After each treatment, some patients need to wear compression stockings for a short time.
Every patient will need to protect the treated area from the sun for 3 to 4 weeks. This helps prevent dark spots from developing. Protecting your skin from the sun year round helps to prevent new spider veins and skin cancer.
Other modalities- Sclerotherapy, Endovenous laser therapy and radiofrequency ablation
These treatments are much more expensive and invasive. Please consult your physicians for more information.