Your Essential Guide To Leg Veins
Many of us have unsightly leg veins which make us feel self conscious & lead us to covering up and hiding our legs wherever possible. However, there are a range of minor procedures available for both cosmetic and varicose veins which can restore the legs to be visibly free of dark blue or bulging veins. To tell you more about the treatments available, we have put together our ultimate guide to leg veins.
It’s often a combination of factors which lead us to suffering from both cosmetic and varicose leg veins. Some of the key contributors are out of our control such as genetics or hormones, whereas some are things we can have an influence on such as weight and fitness. Regardless of the cause, there are several different types of veins that we can suffer from.
Spider veins are very small thin veins which commonly appear on the surface of our legs. They can appear red, blue or purple in colour and are often found in clusters or webs which is where they get their name from. Spider veins are in most cases harmless but some people may find them to be sensitive to pressure and others may wish to have them removed for cosmetic purposes. Removal of spider veins is most commonly performed by sclerotherapy treatment.
Reticular veins are a very common form of leg vein which appear slightly more pronounced than spider veins but are typically smaller and flatter than varicose veins. The colour of these veins often vary between blue and green and are often more visible to those with fair, light coloured skin. Often those suffering with this type of vein will experience a significant level of discomfort including hot, burning, itching sensations in the affected area. A treatment plan for this type of vein will be determined after an initial consultation, but would most commonly be sclerotherapy treatment.
Varicose veins are leg veins in their most advanced stage and are considered to be a medical rather than cosmetic condition. The condition is caused by the veins becoming damaged and dilated by excessive pressure in blood flow, these veins appear very pronounced often with a bulging appearance. Not only are they very visible on the leg, but they are also likely to cause a lot of pain and discomfort with sufferers experiencing frequent aches and pains and cramping in the legs. Treatment for this type of vein is recommended usually with varicose vein removal surgery.
If you're concerned about any type of leg vein, you can book in for a consultation with our specialist leg vein surgeon Mr Maytham, he will perform a full ultrasound of the vein which will be able to diagnose the stage of the vein.
For those suffering from either spider or reticular veins, sclerotherapy treatment will be recommended. This treatment takes just 30 minutes per session and involves a series of injections along the leg vein which causes the vein to collapse and be reabsorbed by the body.
If you are diagnosed as having varicose veins, our surgeon Mr Maytham will recommend Radio Frequency Varicose Vein Removal