When To Treat Superficial Leg Veins
For people affected by superficial leg veins, they tend to become more of a problem during the warmer months of spring and summer. As the weather improves, our wardrobe choices change and it is often this shift that causes many people to seek treatment. However, the best time to begin treatment is during the autumn and winter seasons.
Why Start So Early?
Depending on the method of vein removal, there can be some bruising or discolouration post treatment. This can last for anywhere up to 4 weeks. And then it can take 2-3 months to see the full results of the treatment. Also, more than one treatment is usually needed.
That’s why you should start now. Allow enough time for the results to take full effect. Come springtime your legs could be completely vein free.
Types of Leg Vein Treatments
Unsightly leg veins come in three types, the bulgy blue varicose-type veins, the smaller blue veins known as reticular veins and the smaller, redder spider veins. It is important to note that the colour of the vein does not determine the type of vein.
If you have the bulgy varicose veins, you’ll probably need to see a vascular specialist (especially if they are painful). These larger veins can quite often not be treated by the non-surgical procedures and require surgery.
But for the smaller veins like reticular or thread veins (sometimes called spider, telangectasias) your doctor or dermatologist can treat them with sclerotherapy or laser leg vein treatment.
During a sclerotherapy treatment, veins are injected with a sterile chemical sclerant. This irritates the vessel’s lining, causing it to become inflamed and eventually fade away completely. Blood circulation is carried out through healthier non-dilated veins so the outward appearance and sometimes pain associated with the problem veins is significantly reduced.
Laser is very effective in treating visible veins in legs. The laser light penetrates the skin keeping it intact until it reaches the vessel. Once the laser energy reaches the vessel, it acts in two ways; first the laser light is absorbed by the red cells, this concentrates the laser light, generating extra heat. This heat then leads to an inflammatory process on the lumen of the vessel, which causes the vessels to close and disappear.
With either treatment, you’ll need one to three sessions and then maintenance every one to three years.