Spider and varicose veins can develop slowly over many years. Or you can look down one day and suddenly see a vein you never noticed before. You may become increasingly unhappy with the look of veins, and they can be more than just a cosmetic concern for many. Pain and discomfort can be another challenge when dealing with troublesome veins.
At some point, you may consider professional vein treatment. Here are some ways to know when it’s time to consider undergoing vein therapy.
What are Spider & Varicose Veins?
Spider veins are tiny, thread-like veins visible just under the skin’s surface, often appearing red or blue. Varicose veins are larger, swollen veins that often bulge and can be felt under the skin. These tend to be bluish-purple or red.
While spider veins are usually harmless, varicose veins might hint at a more significant circulatory problem called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). In CVI, the vein walls or valves malfunction, leading to blood pooling in the veins. Addressing varicose veins early can help prevent further complications related to CVI.
When to Seek Treatment
The good news is that there are treatment options for both spider and varicose veins, including laser and injectable options. Which is best will depend on the location and severity of your veins.
You may have been living with the veins for a while, or you may just be starting to notice them. How do you know when to seek a professional opinion? First, know that it is never too early (or too late) to see a specialist. If you have concerns about your visible veins, it is already the right time. But if you are still not sure, here are some signs you are ready for vein treatments.
If your veins cause you pain and discomfort, it is time to see a professional.
Leg Pain: One of the primary reasons patients look into vein therapy is persistent leg pain. Varicose veins can cause a heavy, achy feeling, cramping, burning, or throbbing in the legs. If you’re struggling with such discomfort, it’s essential to address the root cause.
Swelling & Throbbing: Varicose veins can lead to edema or swelling in the legs. This swelling can further result in throbbing, making it uncomfortable to maintain certain positions for prolonged periods.
Sleep Disturbances: The restless leg syndrome, characterized by an overwhelming urge to move the legs, is often associated with varicose veins. Such symptoms can disrupt one’s sleep pattern, leading to fatigue and reduced quality of life.
Skin Changes & Ulcers (Sores): Over time, untreated varicose veins might lead to skin changes, including discoloration or thickening. Ulcers, which are painful open sores, might form on the skin near varicose veins, particularly near the ankles.
In addition to physical symptoms and discomfort, visible veins can have other implications when it comes to your psychological and social well-being.
Activity Limitations: Discomfort from varicose veins might make standing or sitting for prolonged periods challenging. This can limit one’s daily activities, including professional commitments and hobbies you used to enjoy.
Body Image & Self-esteem: It is okay to value your appearance and want to look your best. But for many, spider or varicose veins can lead to feelings of embarrassment, causing them to avoid wearing certain outfits or participating in activities like swimming.
Are You Ready to Tackle Your Visible Veins?
If spider or varicose veins are impacting your mental or physical well-being, it’s time to act. Are you ready to take the next step? Schedule a consultation with us today to explore which vein treatments are right for you.