Your legs used to be smooth and blemish-free, but some twisty, spindly, and even bulging veins have taken up residence and you’re wondering how long you’re going to be stuck with them. Well, forever, unless you have us remove them.
Varicose veins affect up to 35% of adults in the United States, and spider veins affect millions more. In either case, once they appear, these veins don’t simply go away on their own, which is where we come in.
Here at Soffer Health Institute, Dr. Ariel Soffer and our team are dedicated to offering treatments for problematic leg veins, including varicose veins and spider veins. Understanding that these veins become permanent fixtures once they develop, we’ve put together a host of products and services that can make quick work of visible veins.
No turning back the clock on spider and varicose veins
Before we get into your treatment options, we want to first address why varicose and spider veins don’t eventually go away.
Let’s first look at spider veins, which are damaged blood vessels that are visible on the surface of your skin. These veins affect women far more than men — about half of women develop spider veins during their lives — and we suspect hormones have a good deal to do with the gender disparity.
While we call them veins, spider veins are actually smaller blood vessels, often capillaries, that become damaged when blood backs up inside. This pressure forces the vein toward the surface of your skin, where it will remain unless you seek treatment.
Varicose veins occur in much the same way as spider veins — blood pools in a vein in your leg and the pressure causes it to engorge and rise to the surface of your skin.
Both varicose veins and spider veins occur in superficial veins in your legs, so they don’t usually pose a medical concern.
Clearing the veins
Since you can’t reverse spider veins or varicose veins once they form, the only way to get rid of the veins is to seek treatment. As we promised, we offer different solutions for these veins, including:
- Noninvasive laser treatments that break up small spider veins
- Sclerotherapy — we inject a solution that collapses the vein
- Endovenous ablation ‚ we use laser energy to seal off the vein
- Varithena® — we inject a foam inside the vein that closes it off
- Vein removal — we surgically remove larger varicose veins
In each of these cases, if the vein was active, we want to assure you that your blood will find healthier vessels to travel through after we treat your varicose or spider veins.
We also want to emphasize that our treatments will get rid of these veins for good, but that doesn’t mean that more can’t develop. That’s why we also share prevention techniques with you, such as wearing compression stockings and doing what you can to improve your leg circulation.
If you’d like to clear the slate on your legs and have us remove pesky varicose or spider veins, please contact one of our offices in Weston or Aventura, Florida, to set up an appointment.