Varicose veins and spider veins take a toll not only on your appearance, but your day-to-day comfort. If you’ve been experiencing pain or feeling self-conscious due to visible veins, you owe it to yourself to learn more about your treatment options. Gone are the days when surgery was the only way to treat varicose veins. Today’s treatment methods provide patients a variety of ways to improve the appearance of bulging veins and enhance comfort. Smaller, more superficial veins like telangiectasias also respond well to noninvasive treatment methods.*
Laser Aesthetic Center partners with Dr. Issa Muasher, a cardiovascular surgeon with 35+ years of experience. He performs an exhaustive assessment of your veins before recommending a treatment plan. By determining vein size and evaluating venous reflux, Dr. Muasher maps the veins and identifies areas that would benefit from treatment. Browse Dr. Muasher’s vein clinic website to learn more, or schedule your assessment to meet with the doctor.
What are the Common Causes of Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins or bulging veins can appear on many areas of the body, but are most common on the legs. This is due to the pressure of the body’s weight and of gravity on the leg veins, which have to work harder to return blood back to the heart. Pressure can be stronger than the valves within the veins, leading to valves failing and blood pooling in the veins. Bulging hand veins can also be prominent.
Varicose vein causes include
Aging – The veins lose elasticity as they age. Veins can become stretched out, and the valves within them weaker. Blood may flow in the wrong direction, against the valves. This leads to blood pooling and veins bulging.
Pregnancy – Pregnancy decreases the flow of blood from the legs upwards, which can lead to bulging leg veins.
Sex – Women are more likely than men to develop varicose veins – around 55% of all women are affected by varicose veins at some point in their lifetime.
Genetics – Those with a family history of vein disease are at a heightened risk of developing varicose veins.
Obesity – Additional body weight increases the pressure on the veins in the legs.
Profession – Those who have to sit or stand for long periods of time for their jobs are more likely to experience varicose veins. Maintaining one position for hours is detrimental to blood flow.
Heavy exercise – Long-term heavy exercise can force plasma to pool around muscles, with the veins being forced toward the surface. This is especially problematic for hand veins.
What are the Common Causes of Spider Veins?
While spider veins are more superficial, the feeder veins that cause them can lead to discomfort similar to varicose veins. Spider veins are also more common in women than men. Some causes include:
Fat loss from the skin due to aging
Visible Vein Treatment Options
*Disclaimer: Please note that there is no guarantee of specific results. Results may vary.
While Dr. Muasher offers a variety of vein treatments, many patients are most interested in light-based options. This is because laser vein treatments are both effective and involve little to no downtime.* Dr. Muasher will tell you more about what is the best fit for your needs at your consultation, after examining your veins.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) – A contemporary alternative to surgical varicose vein removal, EVLT is minimally invasive. Laser energy seals problem veins to cease blood flow through those damaged valves. Most patients are able to return to regular activities immediately after treatment. EVLT is appropriate for more superficial veins that are bulging but not twisted.*
Laser Spider Vein Treatment – This laser targets veins from outside the skin. The laser identifies the superficial vein and delivers light energy to the vessel. In the weeks after treatment, the vein collapses and seals off, then gradually fades. There is no downtime after treatment. Patients usually see ideal results with several treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart.*