Bright splotches of red on autumn leaves make nature look its finest. Red splotches on your legs? Not quite as aesthetically pleasing. This fall, there’s no reason to let spider veins make your legs look as red as the foliage: a spider & varicose veins doctor in Flower Mound can help. With a quick and virtually pain-free treatment your legs will look better than they have in years, leaving the red splotches to the trees.
How can a spider & varicose veins doctor in Flower Mound get rid of red splotches?
Those splotchy red veins you see on your legs (commonly known as spider veins) are often a symptom of issues deep below your skin. Normally, your veins use pressure from their elastic walls and a series of tiny one-way valves to make sure blood moves back to the heart. Unfortunately, age and wear and tear can cause these mechanisms to break down, which allows blood to pool backwards into the vein below. This backflow puts pressure on nearby vessels, often leading to varicose and spider veins.
Although they are aesthetically unappealing, spider veins do not constitute much of a medical problem on their own. However, the underlying issues that cause them can result in a number of serious complications. When blood pools in the veins it does not move efficiently. This lack of movement makes blood clots (such as deep vein thrombosis) much more likely. Over time, poor blood movement can deprive the surrounding tissue of much-needed oxygen, leading to skin discoloration and ankle ulcers.
Fortunately, these complications can easily be addressed with a quick, effective, and virtually pain-free form of vein treatment. Spider veins are often eliminated through sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive treatment that requires the injection of only a very small needle. In order to undergo this treatment, you first step should be to talk with a qualified vein specialist (such as Dr. Robert Handley). Your doctor will run a series of tests to determine the root cause of your vein issues. From there he or she will recommend treatment.
If you and your doctor decide sclerotherapy is the best method for addressing spider veins, expect a quick, comfortable procedure with minimal recovery time. Before the treatment begins, the affected area will be treated with a local anesthetic, eliminating any discomfort you may feel from the injection. Then, a tiny needle is introduced to the diseased vein. A pharmaceutical agent is injected into the vein. This agent will irritate the lining of the vein walls, causing them to swell and seal shut. Blood is rerouted to healthier vessels, and over time the diseased vein will turn to scar tissue. Most patients are able to return to their regular activities immediately after treatment.
There’s no reason to spend your fall admiring the foliage while covering up your own red splotches. With the right spider & varicose veins doctor, Flower Mound residents can enjoy better vein health and more aesthetically pleasing legs. If you have any questions about what vein treatment can do for you, don’t hesitate to give us at the Flower Mound Vein Center a call. We can answer any questions you may have and help guide you towards the solutions you need.