Laser Vein Removal
The cardiovascular system is an amazing and complex network of arteries, veins and capillaries, all of which work together to keep our blood oxygenated, and keep us alive. Arteries carry blood away from the heart to be sent to the rest of the body, so they’re larger and stronger. Veins send blood back to the heart, and are smaller, and sometimes weaker. Years and years of transporting blood can take a toll, and many people eventually develop spider veins or varicose veins.
Exactly as its name suggests, laser vein removal is a procedure to remove, or at least reduce the visibility of, veins that have become visible beneath the skin, or that protrude noticeably under the skin, both usually as a result of aging. The procedure restores the smooth, clear look of your skin, and helps you look younger.
What are Spider Veins.?
Also called telangiectasias, spider veins are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop close to the surface of the skin. They’re caused by increased pressure in the veins, which can be a result of standing for long periods. For this reason, people in certain fields such as nursing and teaching are often more susceptible to developing spider veins. However, they may also be hereditary.
Spider veins are often blue, red, or purple, and have the appearance of a spiderweb, which is how they got their name. They’re most often found on the face and leg
What are Varicose Veins.?
When veins become dilated or enlarged, or when blood pools in certain areas, varicose veins may form. Also, when a vein’s valves don’t close properly, blood can pool, thereby dilating the vein, and causing it to protrude beneath the skin. Varicose veins may also appear gnarled, twisted or knotted, and are usually blue or purple.
While they’re more often seen in older people, varicose veins can also be caused by pregnancy. In addition, obesity, family history, sitting or standing for long periods of time, and gender (women get them more often than men) can be contributing factors to developing varicose veins.
How to treat and Prevent Spider Veins and Varicose Veins.?
If you already have spider veins or varicose veins, laser vein removal may help do away with them, or at least reduce their visibility, and restore your smooth, clear skin. If you don’t have either condition, but are concerned about it due to a family history, career field, or other factor, these tips may help keep varicose veins or spider veins from developing.
- Avoid prolonged sitting and standing. If you must do either, be sure to take regular breaks.
- Avoid tight socks and knee-high nylons. They can impede the movement of blood up your leg.
- Avoid tight clothing. Jeans or other garments that are tight around your waist, legs or groin can restrict blood flow.
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes (above 1.5 inches) on a daily basis. This prevents your calf muscle from contracting properly, which will interfere with the movement of blood back toward your heart.
- Avoid crossing your legs for long periods of time. It interrupts blood flow.
- Lose weight. Try to achieve the ideal weight for your frame.
- Reduce your salt intake. Salt causes your body to retain water, which expands blood vessel walls, and subsequently weakens them.
- Exercise. Regular activity keeps your blood flowing properly, and improves your heart’s performance.
- Elevate your legs. When sitting for long periods, prop your legs up. If you have a desk job, put a footrest or even just a box under your desk.