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"There is absolutely no reason you should live with varicose or spider veins."


What causes varicose veins?
The basic cause of varicose veins is gravity. Non-varicose veins fight gravity by having valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are small, surface veins that are red or blue and shaped like a spider web or tree branch.
How do I prevent varicose and spider veins?
Nothing can prevent varicose and spider veins for sure, but the following can improve your chances and reduce the symptoms caused by your existing varicose or spider veins
Compression Stockings
Compression stockings, along with lifestyle changes, are part of conservative therapy for varicose veins which many doctors will try first.
Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is the time-tested "gold standard" treatment for varicose and spider veins. It is a non-surgical procedure that can be performed in-office, in under an hour, and without anesthesia.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is an advancement of sclerotherapy developed to treat varicose veins that are too large for traditional sclerotherapy or are hidden.
Microsclerotherapy
Microsclerotherapy is used for the smallest veins, such as spider veins.
Endovenous Laser Ablation
Endovenous Laser Ablation is a non-surgical method of treating varicose veins.
Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation
Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation is a non-surgical method of treating varicose veins.  A catheter is inserted into the vein and pulled along its route to seal it with heat. It treats the underlying veins that cause varicose veins without the side-effects of traditional surgery. VNUS Closure™ and VNUS ClosureFAST™ are two methods commonly in use.
Intense Pulsed Light
Intense Pulsed Light is a method for treating spider veins.  Light is directed on to the vein which causes it to heat up and collapse.  The vein turns into invisible scar tissue.
Laser Therapy
Laser Therapy is a method for treating spider veins and small varicose veins.  A laser is pulsed on to the targeted vein.  The laser heats the vein causing it to swell shut.  It then clots and eventually turns into invisible scar tissue.
Vein Stripping & Ligation
Surgical Stripping is a surgical procedure used to treat varicose veins.  It is performed under general anesthesia. Two incisions are made.  The vein is then tied off and removed.


 

10 STEPS TO HELP PREVENT VARICOSE VEINS AND SPIDER VEINS

 

 

Varicose veins and spider veins are vein disorders usually found in the leg. Many factors are involved in the development vein disorders relating to varicose and spider veins.  These vein issues, including heredity, age, gender, obesity, and pregnancy. Modern science does not fully know the direct cause of varicose and spider veins, there are lifestyle changes can help prevent or slow the development of varicose veins. Taking these preventative few steps, you will reduce your risk of developing varicose and spider vein issues:.

 

Vein Issues Prevention:

STEP 1 – Exercise regularly. Any activity that works your legs such as walking, biking, swimming, running, or hiking will improve leg strength, circulation, and vein health without adding undue pressure to the veins.

 

STEP 2 – You can reduce vein issues by avoiding standing for long periods.  Sit down frequently and elevate your legs. If you must stand in one position for an extended time, wearing mild compression hose that will help blood pump more efficiently back to the heart and reduce varicose and spider vein risk. While standing, shifting your weight from one side to the other and occasionally bounce up and down on your toes. These preventative actions will improve vein circulation.

 

STEP 3 – Cross your legs while sitting compresses the veins and will affect the blood flow thus contributing to varicose veins and spider veins.

 

STEP 4 – Maintaining an ideal body weight can reduce varicose and spider vein issues. Too much body fat, especially in the midsection, can put pressure on the groin and thighs weakening the walls of the veins and valves in your legs.

 

STEP 5 – Wear clothing that fits. Clothing that is too tight and constricts your waist, groin, or legs, can increase your risk of developing varicose veins. Loose fitting clothing is an easy prevention method.

 

STEP 6 – Stretch if you have to sit for prolonged periods of time, whether in an office or on an airplane, be sure to stretch your legs, rotate your ankles, and flex your toes occasionally to improve circulation.

 

STEP 7 – Avoid high heels. The undue stress that high heels put on the veins in your lower legs can cause a constriction in blood flow back from the leg. High heel shoes do not promote blood flow in the legs and cause you to use the muscles in your buttocks – not your calf muscles.

 

STEP 8 – Wear compression stockings. If you are considered to be a high risk for varicose veins or spider veins (see RISK FACTORS), or already have them, wear compression stockings during the day.

 

STEP 9 – Keep legs elevated. Raise your legs 6 to 12 inches above your heart when you are lying down or resting. This way, the heart has an easier time pumping blood out of the legs and this lessens the work of the valves, reducing the risk of varicose veins. Put your feet up while sitting at home and put a pillow under your feet while in your bed.

 

STEP 10 – Take vitamin C. There is some scientific evidence that suggests that Vitamin C may help strengthen the blood vessel walls.