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Varicose Veins Can Be Treated

Sep 2, 2007
So the spiders from Mars have invaded your lower legs, staring back at you. The spiders of course are those nagging little varicose veins that form very close to the surface of the skin. Spider veins are not considered a serious medical condition and can occur on the extremities like the legs, on the face and torso. Spider veins can develop for a whole host of reasons and include normal aging, breakdown of the veins wall structure, excess weight and vascular disease. Small spider veins can be unsightly and downright aggravating but there are effective treatments that can eliminate or greatly reduce the appearance of pesky spider veins.

Recent advances in medical technology have made it possible to treat spider veins using several noninvasive or minimally invasive procedures that are usually performed on an outpatient basis. Since the treatment of small varicose veins is often considered a cosmetic procedure, many insurance plans will not cover treatment. The benefits of improving ones appearance may outweigh the out-of-pocket cost of treatment.

Understanding how and why spider veins form can go along way in taking whatever preventative steps there are that may help minimize the cosmetic effects. There is a long and varied list of causes for small varicose veins. Though the list is long, some of the causes are within the control of the individual. Drug therapies that involve the use of birth control pills and post menopausal hormone replacement can contribute to spider veins.

Heredity can play a significant factor in the development of small varicosities as can the natural aging process. Surgery, trauma, obesity and a medical history of vascular disease like blood clots are also a factor. There are also occupational factors such spending long periods of time in a standing or sitting position. All of these factors can cause the vessel wall to become weak and bulge as can damage to the tiny check valves in the vein. These check valves keep blood and other fluids from moving in the wrong direction.

Changes in lifestyle like losing weight and exercising may help prevent spider veins from forming or reduce their appearance but even keeping fit is not guarantee that the trademark red and blue road map will not appear on your legs. So treating spider veins begins with a trip to physician who will try to determine the cause and may recommend an appropriate treatment or may refer you to a specialist.
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