Callender Dermatology and Cosmetic Center | Glenn Dale MD

A Few Interesting Things To Know About Varicose and Spider Veins

Varicose Vein Treatment | Glenn Dale MDAre you ready to confidently sit pool-side or make sand castles on the beach? Summer is just around the corner. It’s time to get your legs summer-ready for shorts and swim suits. It’s the perfect time to address those unsightly spider and varicose veins. To that end, here are a few facts about varicose and spider veins:

  • They’re not merely a cosmetic problem. The most common misconception about varicose veins is that people only get them treated because they are unsightly.Varicose veins are usually not a health issue, but they shouldn’t be ignored. They cause fatigue of the legs, swelling and discomfort. They can also be a warning of deep vein thrombosis, blood clots and poor circulation.
  • Men have them, too. In fact they are more common in men…but men are less likely to seek treatment.
  • They are genetic. You can inherit the tendencies for spider and varicose veins from either or both sides of the family; theymay even skip a generation.
  • Varicose veins and spider veins aren’t the same thing. Spider veins are small, thin blood vessels seen just under the skin. Varicose veins are thick, stretched-out veins where blood has pooled.
  • Exercise is the best way to prevent spider and varicose vein The more active and healthy you are the better – walking is one of the best preventative measures.
  • Crossing your legs and wearing high heels do not cause varicose veins. The pooling of blood is more commonly caused by prolonged standing and/or sitting. Other causes may be pregnancy, obesity, smoking, lack of exercise and hormonal birth control.
  • Other than medical, professional treatment, there’s no proven way to reduce their appearance.Some patients use makeup to cover their prominent veins. The painful symptoms can be eased with compression stockings or panty hose.

At Callender, we offer sclerotherapy as treatment for varicose veins. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution into the veins which causes them to gradually disappear. For most patients, desired results are achieved in two to four treatment sessions. If you would like to know more, call to schedule a consultation appointment, today: (301) 249-0970.

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