There is no better feeling than showing off a great pair of games in your favorite pair of shorts or dress. But for the 30 to 60 percent of adult women with varicose or spider veins, the instinct to cover up is more common. The Brow Room offers laser vein removal services to treat those unsightly and painful varicose and spider veins. Uncover your best assets with our laser vein removal treatment from The Brow Room.
What Are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?
While varicose and spider veins look similar, they have different causes.
Varicose veins are blue, red, or skin-colored veins that are twisted. Depending on the size of the vein affected, varicose veins can bulge out and have a rope-like appearance. They are most commonly found on the thighs, calves, ankles, and feet, but also can be located on the lower pelvis and buttocks.
Spider veins are much smaller in size than varicose veins and are usually red or purple in appearance. They can resemble spider webs, hence the name. While spider veins are visible under the skin, they do not cause the skin to bulge like varicose veins. Spider veins are most common on the legs and face. They appear in the legs most frequently because the leg muscles are responsible for circulating blood back to your heart against gravity. Blood in our leg veins also is the furthest from the heart.
What Causes Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
Women are twice as likely to develop varicose veins as men — varicose veins are more common in older women. Unfortunately, more than half of all women have the potential for developing spider veins. It is possible to develop both spider veins and varicose veins. However, having one does not automatically mean you also will develop the other.
The most common cause of spider veins and varicose veins is problems in vein valves that prevent the normal flow of blood through your veins. Valves in our veins are supposed to act as one-way flaps that allow blood flow from the heart through the veins and the rest of your body. When valves fail to close properly, blood can leak back into the lower part of the vein and toward the heart. As more blood becomes stuck in the vein over time, pressure builds and weakens the structural integrity of the vein wall, causing it to increase in size. The eventual result is spider veins, varicose veins, or both.
Other risk factors can contribute to the likelihood of developing spider or varicose veins.
1. Family History
Having a family history of spider or varicose veins increases the likelihood you will develop them. There is evidence that genetics increases your chances for spider and varicose veins.
Pregnancy increases the amount of blood that is pumped through a woman’s body to help support the growing fetus. The extra blood pumping through your veins can cause them to swell. Added pressure from a growing uterus also contributes to swollen veins. Many women develop varicose veins during pregnancy. Sometimes they resolve after childbirth and other times they remain. Women who develop spider or varicose veins during pregnancy are at higher risk of developing them during subsequent pregnancies.
3. Birth Control
If you use hormonal birth control or hormone therapy for the treatment of menopause, you are increasing your chances of developing spider or varicose veins. Estrogen-based hormone treatments can weaken vein valves.
If you are overweight or clinically obese, your chances of developing varicose or spider veins are significantly higher than individuals of a healthy weight.
5. Sitting or Standing
Sitting or standing for more than four hours at a time regularly can force veins to work harder to circulate blood.
As we get older, the valves in our veins naturally weaken, which can lead to spider or varicose veins. As a double whammy, our calf muscles also weaken with age. Calf muscles are responsible for squeezing veins and pushing blood flow back toward the heart.
Laser Vein Treatment for Varicose and Spider Veins
Laser vein treatment is a minimally invasive option for the removal of varicose and spider veins. It works best for spider and varicose veins that are less than 3 millimeters in diameter.
Our specialized laser uses dual-energy to provide a fast and effective solution to these painful and unsightly vein conditions. The laser works by administering targeted pulses of light to the varicose or spider veins. It causes damage to the vein, forcing it to shut down. Once the vein is no longer operational, it will disappear.
Each treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. Patients can expect to feel a slight discomfort similar to a pinprick as the laser works its magic. Some patients will notice an immediate change in the appearance of their varicose and spider veins. Others may not see results for up to six weeks. It can take more than one laser vein treatment to rid yourself of stubborn varicose or spider veins.
It is not unusual for patients to experience mild bruising and swelling of the treatment area. While there is no downtime associated with laser vein treatment, we recommend avoiding strenuous activities and exposure to the sun for a few days after treatment.
Am I a Candidate for Laser Vein Treatment?
If the appearance of your spider or varicose veins makes you uncomfortable, or there is pain associated with them, then you are an ideal candidate for laser vein treatment. Varicose veins, especially, can become painful to the touch, making them unpleasant to manage. There is no reason to suffer when we have the technology to safely help ease your pain.
The Brow Room is committed to providing personalized treatment options for all of our clients. Before receiving laser vein treatments, clients are required to consult with our laser vein treatment experts to discuss the protocol and ask any questions of our knowledgeable staff before receiving the therapy.
Ready to schedule your consultation to see if laser vein treatment is right for you? Contact us online or give us a call at 509-563-2769 today.