Be on the lookout for these warning signs!

Varicose veins on the thigh and legs in woman, Blue swimming pooVaricose and spider veins are very common, and treatable. But without treatment, these issues will only get worse, and that can start to affect your quality of life. We always suggest that you check your legs often for signs of vein problems.

The most common areas where varicose or spider vein issues appear first to tend to be the back of the legs, behind the knees, or around the ankles. You may have to enlist a partner to check for you! But, even if your partner doesn’t see any potential problem areas, you should still schedule a consultation with our clinic if you are experiencing symptoms like;

  • Leg pain
  • Swelling
  • Skin irritations or eczema
  • Changes in skin color or patches of discoloration
  • Feelings of heaviness or burning
  • Muscle cramping

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you can schedule an appointment for an examination with one of our vein specialists. Using ultrasound technology our doctors will be able to see problematic vein issues that may not yet appear on the surface of the skin. We can then recommend treatment options to help mitigate the problem.

Another area of concern that many people ask about is spider veins on the face and neck. This is a very common issue as you age. Delicate, thin, red spider vein bundles will appear on the skin because the fragile capillaries near the surface of the skin become dilated. Over time, these issues will become worse without treatment which can cause greater skin blemishes. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect your skin for potential problem areas before they begin to get worse. There are three main treatments for facial spider vein problems including:

  • Sclerotherapy: This process involves injecting the veins with a solution that will make the spider vein disappear over time.
  • Laser Therapy: Using laser lights to destroy spider veins is very effective, but it can lead to further skin damage. Our doctors will recommend this treatment only if it’s right for your needs.
  • Intense Pulled Light (IPL) Therapy: This treatment uses highly focused light therapy to target the lower skin layers, without damaging the surface of the skin. It can help avoid skin damage and is quicker to recover from.

The best way to prevent further vein damage is to regularly inspect your skin for signs of vein issues. Just like you would check for problematic moles or signs of skin cancer. If you do find any problem areas, please call our clinic to schedule a consultation. The earlier you seek treatment, the easier it will be to treat the problem!