DIETARY CHANGES THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR VEIN HEALTH

You have likely heard more than once that eating fruits and vegetables is good for your health. A healthy diet has a positive impact on your quality of life, so of course, it is sound advice. What you may not know, however, is that proper eating habits contribute to optimal vein health. Your veins are an integral part of your vascular system. With the right diet, you can keep your veins elastic, strong and functioning at full capacity.

Listed below are various ways to create a healthier lifestyle. If you are suffering from varicose veins or think you may have them, contact our team at the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City for a customized treatment plan and dietary consulting.

Drink More Water

The adult human body consists of 55 to 65 percent water. It is something no one can survive without. This life-giving liquid provides multiple benefits, from lubricating joints to flushing out waste. Additionally, water helps nurture the muscles that support your veins when they are under pressure. H20 keeps your veins healthy and strong, so it is important to keep water nearby. Drink water when you are tempted to grab a soda, milk or alcohol.

Reduce Your Salt Intake

Do you like hot dogs? Is pizza one of your favorite treats? It is hard to deny that these are tasty; however, one reason why these foods appeal to the taste buds is due to their high salt content. The consumption of high-sodium food increases water retention, which places extra pressure on your veins. As salt is a common ingredient in almost everything we eat, you can control your intake by reviewing the nutritional facts on food packaging.

While you do not have to stop eating these edibles altogether, it does help to cut back. Other salty items include foods that are processed, pickled and canned.

Eat Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with bioflavonoids, sometimes referred to as vitamin P. This powerhouse vitamin gives fruits and veggies their vibrant, rich colors, and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that improve the health of your veins.

There is an abundance of this nutrient in:

  •  Spinach
  • Broccoli
  •  Red bell peppers
  •  Brussel sprouts
  •  Sweet peppers
  •  Garlic
  •  Strawberries
  •  Citrus fruit
  •  Papaya
  •  Mango
  •  Teas

If you want the most significant health benefit, eat these food items raw. Increasing your intake of foods that are rich in vitamin P is a vein-friendly way to eat.

Add Fiber to Your Diet

Obesity is a leading cause of varicose veins. When veins are under excessive weight, this can lead to cramping, swelling, restless legs, vein damage or blood clots. A fiber-rich meal plan goes a long way with maintaining normal digestive function and nutritional balance. Adding more fiber to your diet helps you maintain a healthy weight while also lowering your cholesterol.

Many Americans consume roughly 15 grams of fiber every day, which is well below the U.S. government’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines. Women need 25 grams of fiber each day while men need 38 grams of fiber daily.

Here are a few of the top fiber-rich foods that can assist with keeping your vascular system functioning properly:

  •  Avocado
  •  Leafy greens
  •  Broccoli
  •  Brown rice
  •  Air-popped popcorn
  •  Oatmeal
  •  Lentils
  •  Barley
  •  Chia seeds

Additionally, constipation is another physical condition that places too much pressure on the veins. Certain foods make it difficult to empty the bowels, including dairy products, starches, chocolate and red meat. High-fiber foods, such as walnuts, whole-wheat bread, peas, squash and apples provide relief from constipation.

Combat Vein Disease in the KC Metro

Eating healthy and drinking enough water are essential lifestyle choices to keep your veins healthy and strong. While these dietary changes support vein health, you may need treatment to return your veins to their normal appearance.

With special attention to some of these steps, you’ll begin to feel better and worry less about your veins. Don’t let vein disease make you stop your life and take back control. Call us today or start here to request an appointment online.

Prioritize Leg Vein Health in the Summertime Heat

The increased temperatures of summer have finally hit after a rainy, cooler spring. That warmer weather is a reminder to prioritize leg vein health, especially because your legs will likely be more exposed in shorts and swimsuits.

Conditions such as heat stroke and sunburns might be more top of mind this time of year, but intense heat can worsen the pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins.

The summer heat can intensify common varicose vein symptoms such as a burning or throbbing sensation in the legs; tired, achy or heaviness in the legs; swelling, especially as the day progresses; chronic pain similar to muscle cramps; itchiness; and skin discoloration in the areas of pain or discomfort.

If treatment is necessary, we offer innovative, minimally invasive procedures for varicose veins that don’t require a lengthy recovery time. There’s still time to get your legs summer-ready and no need to suffer the pain and frustration of bulging, unsightly veins.

In the meantime, here are some general tips that will promote good leg vein health (and help the rest of your body!) during the summer.

Remember to hydrate. This is important all year-round but especially when spending more time outside. Heat and humidity can zap your energy quickly, so have plenty of water around – whether it’s at the beach or while working outside in the garden. This can prevent the cramping associated with dehydration that can worsen varicose vein symptoms, and staying hydrated helps with overall blood flow.

Maintain a healthy diet. It’s OK to indulge on some cool treats such as ice cream, but including foods such as blueberries, avocados and beets can improve leg vein health.

Don’t forget the sunscreen. This is good advice for protecting all of your skin and, in this case, the skin and veins just beneath the skin. Avoid direct sun exposure during midday and grab a cover up if you plan to be outside for a long period  of time.

Exercise – and relax. It’s usually easier to stay active during the summer, so make sure to maintain movement and exercise. Elevate your legs when you’re relaxing to promote better circulation in them. Remember to wear comfortable shoes during extended periods of summer activity – aka swap the flip-flops for sneakers or supportive sandals when you can.

With special attention to some of these steps, you’ll have more fun in the summertime and less worry about your legs. Don’t let varicose veins make you keep those shorts and swimsuits packed away. Call us today or start here to request an appointment online.

If you’re struggling with unwanted hair, give the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City a call at (913) 541-3377. We can help you safely get rid of that unwanted hair with no downtime.

Why We Chose LightSheer for Laser Hair Removal

How to care for, style, and remove hair are some of the oldest aesthetic questions. If you don’t believe us, think about the sheer number of bottles in the shampoo aisle at your favorite store. Just as with the shampoo or hair brushes, there are many, many options when it comes to laser hair removal.

Here at the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City, we wanted to have the best option for our patients who have unwanted hair. We chose the LightSheer Diode Laser as our hair removal technology, and today we’re explaining why.

See all the Cosmetic Procedures provided at Aesthetics KC

What Is a Diode Laser?

A diode laser, like the kind we use for hair removal, uses light to target specific chromophores (the part of the molecule that’s responsible for color) in the skin. By selecting and damaging the chromophores in the melanin of your hair follicles, this laser can disrupt the growth of unwanted hair without harming the tissue around the hair.

LightSheer vs Other Laser Treatments

Though hair removal lasers operate based on similar technology, that doesn’t mean they’re all created equal. A laser’s effectiveness at hair removal is largely determined by the depth of the wavelength.

“Compared to other laser systems, our 800nm diode laser offers the deepest penetration levels and superior melanin absorption. These unique characteristics make the diode laser the most suitable technology for laser hair removal, enabling safe and effective treatment of all skin and hair types, in all body areas.” – Lumenis

LightSheer also has the advantage of combining that effective laser with cooling technology, so patients stay comfortable for longer periods of time. When patients are comfortable, treatments can last longer and the end result is much more effective.

See what other cosmetic issues the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City can help you with in our blog: Treating Everything from Clots to Cosmetics

If you’re struggling with unwanted hair, give the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City a call at (913) 541-3377. We can help you safely get rid of that unwanted hair with no downtime.

Varicose Veins: Know Your Treatment Options

Varicose VeinsDid you know one in four Americans suffers from the condition, which is created by faulty valves within the veins which cause blood to back up or pool? Symptoms often include swelling and a persistent ache in the legs and ankles. Varicose veins may be accompanied by spider veins, which are small red, blue, or purple twisting veins which are easily visible through the skin, although they don’t protrude like varicose veins do. If you have varicose veins, you’re not alone. Learn what treatments are available for you.

Spider Veins Vs. Varicose Veins


Spider veins are mainly a cosmetic problem, but varicose veins can cause your legs to feel achy and tired nearly all the time. You may also experience a burning or tingling sensation and a feeling of heaviness in your legs as a result of varicose veins.

Treatments Available for Varicose Veins


Fortunately, there are several treatment options available at the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City. Our team of vein experts, led by Dr. Craig D. Barbieri, offers numerous options to get rid of your varicose veins. The good news is that they are all minimally invasive. Dr. Barbieri will be able to guide you to the best option for you depending on your condition.

Compression Stockings

Compression garments, such as custom-fit stockings, are usually the first step. These snug-fitting stockings help to increase blood flow and reduce pain and swelling. They can be used after other treatments, and also as a conservative preventive measure.

Radio Frequency Ablation

Through this procedure, our technicians heat the vein wall using temperature-controlled radiofrequency energy to shrink, collapse, and seal the problem vein. Once the vein has been closed off, blood naturally reroutes to healthy veins. The closed vein is treated as waste by the body and is eventually absorbed.

Laser Vein Ablation

This procedure is similar to Radio Frequency Ablation except that a laser fiber is inserted through the skin to accomplish the same end – shrinking and sealing of the problematic vein, which is then absorbed as waste by the body in a matter of weeks.

Sclerotherapy

This is a treatment wherein a concentrated saline solution is injected through a tiny needle resulting in the vein being absorbed by the body naturally over a period of several weeks. This treatment is used on varicose veins when ablation is not recommended. We can also use ultrasound guidance to help guide us to diseased veins ensuring accurate targeted treatment.

Arithena

This procedure is done with injections through ultrasound guidance. it is a “superfoam” mix of polidocanol, nitrogen, and oxygen used to treat larger or deeper veins that we are not able to use catheter ablation or phlebectomy to treat.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

For bulging surface veins, Ambulatory Phlebectomy is used to remove bulging, surface veins. The procedure is done in our office using local anesthetic. After the skin is numb, very small punctures are made and the vein is removed. The entire procedure takes 1-2 hours and the benefits are amazing! No stitches are needed, and there is only minimal downtime In fact, in most cases, you can resume your normal activities immediately following the procedure.

If you suffer from varicose veins, there’s no need to live with the constant pain. There’s a treatment option that’s right for you at the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City. Why not call us today at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online?

Why Is There No Such Thing as a Varicose Artery?

Varicose ArteryWe’ve all heard of varicose veins and we’ve probably seen them on people’s legs. They are the veins that stick out above the skin and look ropey and bumpy. There are two types of vessels that carry blood throughout our bodies – veins and arteries. So why is there no such thing as a varicose artery?

Arteries and Veins Do Different Things


Veins and arteries work together to move blood throughout the body. Arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart, while veins carry oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart. An easy mnemonic device to remember that is “A for ‘artery’ and ‘away’ (from the heart).” There is one exception to this general rule – the pulmonary vessels. The pulmonary veins transport oxygen-rich blood back to the heart from the lungs, while the pulmonary arteries move deoxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs.

Veins Have Valves to Help Move the Blood against Gravity


Because arteries are closest to the heart, they have to be able to withstand high physical pressure as the blood moves forcibly through them to be pumped to the entire body. They pulse with each heartbeat and have thicker walls to be able to handle all that pressure. Veins carry this blood back to the heart once the oxygen has been used by the body. They experience much less pressure but their big challenge is contending with the forces of gravity. Since their job is to get blood from the extremities back to the heart, many veins, especially those in the legs, have valves to prevent the backflow and pooling of blood.

Varicose Veins Occur When These Valves Fail


These valves act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backward as it moves up your legs.  Varicose veins occur when these valves fail. If the valves become weak, blood can leak back into the veins and collect there. When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become bulgy and bumpy – classic symptoms of varicose veins. Because arteries don’t have valves, there is no way for them to fail and cause a backup in the vessel. That explains why you never hear about varicose arteries.

If you have problems with your veins, give us a call at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online. Don’t live with the pain or unattractiveness of varicose veins. We can help!

Melting Months – Be Ready for Spring

Sculpsure Vs Fat Freezing infographic

Spring is here! If you’ve been thinking about taking care of those last few lumps or annoying love handles that won’t disappear no matter how hard you workout. We have good news for you! You don’t have to do anything drastic. We recommend looking into Sculpsure, our in-office, non-invasive procedure that only takes about 25 minutes. Sculspure is FDA-cleared, and painless. This procedure has also maintained more than a 90% patient satisfaction rate, so you have nothing to worry about or lose besides those stubborn fat cells.

What is Sculpsure?

SculpSure is a non-invasive laser treatment used to reduce fat in areas such as the abdomen and sides. We use a laser to heat and target certain fat cells, while encouraging the production of collagen and elastin to tighten the skin. The best candidates for this procedure are those who have fat pockets such as flabs or muffin tops. SculpSure is done in about 25 minutes and requires no downtime afterwards.

How SculpSure Works

Targeted laser energy heats fat cells underneath your skin without harming the skin’s surface. While raising the temperature of those fat cells damages their structural integrity, over the next 12 weeks, they will begin to process and eliminate from your body. It’s that simple. They will permanently be removed and won’t regenerate.

SculpSure clinical trials have shown a 24% reduction in fat after a single treatment.

What to Expect from SculpSure Results:

So now you know what SculpSure is, what can you expect from the results? While it does offer a great alternative to invasive fat reduction procedures, it does take a few weeks to see the full results. In order to drive the best results out of your SculpSure treatment, we have put together a quick guide regarding your treatment and the weeks after as you wait for the results.

Your Melting Months

Keep in mind that the effects of your SculpSure treatment won’t be instantaneous. Individual results will really depend on how quickly your body gets rid of the dead fat cells. Everyone’s metabolism is different. You can typically see the results of your treatment 6 weeks after the initial treatment. However, the final result could take up to 12 weeks. 

SculpSure is Great for the DadBod

If your beer belly from your college years is still hanging on no matter what you do, then it may be time to look into SculpSure. Men all over the nation are enjoying watching their spare tires deflate after a SculpSure treatment. These appointments are quick and there’s no downtime. If you enjoy working out, you can even head on over to the gym following your appointment. 

 

Overall, SculpSure is fast, virtually painless, effective, and most importantly, safe. In less than 2 months, you could be seeing a slimmer you – without the surgery. Give us 25 minutes of your time and we’ll give you a slimmer appearance. Contact us for a consultation today at (913)541-3377 or download our FREE “What to Expect” guide below.

 

The Top 12 Causes of Spider Veins and How to Treat Them

When someone hears “spider veins,” they usually associate it with a specific part of the body…the legs. What they don’t know is legs aren’t the only part of the body that can be affected by spider veins. There are actually 4 places spider veins may develop besides your legs:

  1. Your Face – Mostly caused by smoking, sun exposure, or other conditions like Rosacea, your face may experience spider veins around the nose and cheek area.
  2. Your Arms and Hands – Due to the thinning of skin and loss of fat.
  3. Your Chest – Typically from genetics, venous blockages, hormones during pregnancy, or breast augmentation. 
  4. Your Feet – Which is a sign you will get varicose veins.

You don’t have to live with spider veins, there are permanent solutions worth considering. But first, the experts at Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City put together a list of 12 causes that may be behind your spider veins. Read about them here:

12 Causes of Spider Veins

cause of spider veins

Genetics

Certain people are more vulnerable when it comes to developing broken capillaries and it all relates back to their familial genes. Simply put, those individuals with a family history of developing spider veins are more likely to get them than those who don’t have ancestors with spider veins.

Most medical professionals suspect that genetics are the principal cause of spider veins.

Hormonal Factors

Whether it be from puberty, menopause, or pregnancy, spider veins tend to begin developing. Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels, including the use of postmenopausal hormone replacement treatment, can also contribute to the condition.

Pregnancy

Hormonal changes aside, pregnancy still has alternate routes to developing spider veins. With the most common being weight gain. This growing pressure over the abdomen and the surrounding blood vessels turns into spider veins more times than not. 

Trauma

Blood vessels directly under the skin are extremely sensitive and can break in many ways. For example, a pair of eyeglasses can cause broken capillaries around your nose and cheek area. Skin surgery, wounds, the use of some cosmetic products and even scrubbing of the face in an aggressive manner can damage capillaries. 

Medical Conditions

There are several different medical conditions that can and will cause spider veins. Medical conditions like blood clots will obstruct the blood flow in the veins, development of inflamed veins (phlebitis), and/or liver damage and cause spider veins. Rosacea, when an individual’s skin appears red and flushed, often times suffer from spider veins or varicose veins.

Leg Injuries

Individuals who have previously suffered from leg injuries that have decreased or increased blood flow can contribute to spider veins. Individuals who spend long periods of time standing along with long periods of time sitting are more likely to have poor circulation which can lead to spider and varicose veins.

Environment

One cause of spider veins that often times goes unnoticed is the changing of temperatures and exposure to these temps. This could come from prolonged exposure to the sun, or even washing your face with hot water. Prolonged sun exposure can also make your current spider veins much more visible because of the damage to the collagen found under the skin.

Age

The older you are, the greater chance you have at developing spider veins. This is because skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner over time. Collagen and flexibility slowly disappear ultimately making the skin more vulnerable to traumas.

Gender

Women are more likely to develop spider veins. It has been found that the major percentage of affected older individuals are women, where only 10-15% are men.

Obesity

Obesity is the main cause of broken capillaries in legs. They create lots of pressure in the body which interrupts the circulation of blood. When the skin stretches, the capillaries are more likely to break. It is recommended to exercise and lose weight in order to reduce the progress of broken capillaries.

Alcohol

Excessive alcohol intake will damage the liver which directly influences the formation of spider veins and varicose veins. This is because alcohol increases blood pressure which will cause swelling and the breaking of blood vessels.

Smoking

Smoking results in weaker and less resistant capillaries that are more likely to break. This is because when you smoke cigarettes, it causes oxidization of cells which can harm your circulatory system.

Related Read: Vein Treatment at Any Age

Are You a Good Candidate for Spider Vein Treatment?

spider veins on leg

Don’t be fooled. Spider veins are not just an age-related problem. They can affect and appear on all bodies, young and old. Even though they aren’t medically dangerous, they cause many people, especially women, a great deal of emotional distress. If you are experiencing one of the scenarios below, we highly consider seeing a vein specialist for an evaluation to discuss further treatment options: 

  • You have visible veins on your legs or thighs that have a web-like or branching pattern.
  • You have a branching pattern on your face that you usually try to cover up with makeup.
  • You believe your spider veins are making you look older than you are, or they’re otherwise undermining your self-confidence.
  • You avoid wearing shorts or bathing suits in the summertime because you’re embarrassed by your spider veins.

Spider Vein Treatment Options

There are two specific ways we recommend to treat spider veins. Luckily, neither is invasive, nor does either of them require any downtime:

Laser Therapy

laser treatment for veins

Is the best option for small to medium-sized spider veins, especially the facial variety. If the treatment is being done on your face, the doctor will cover your eyes to protect them from the laser. Then a laser-emitting wand or hand-piece will pass over the affected areas. The blood will absorb the laser light, causing the veins to clot and be absorbed by the body.

Once the treatment is done, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays by either wearing long sleeved clothing or to regularly apply sunscreen. Since there is no downtime, there may be some short-lived side effects including, reddened skin, blistering, or slight bruising. Several treatments are needed to completely eradicate the problem.

Sclerotherapy

 sclerotherapyThis is the procedure for larger spider veins on the legs or other parts of the body. Your vein specialist will inject a treatment solution into the veins with a micro-needle causing the veins to shrink, turn white, and eventually disappear.

Your doctor may ask you to wear a compression stocking after the procedure if the treatment was done on your legs. Since we use micro-needles, there is only mild discomfort and absolutely no downtime. Just like laser treatment, a few treatments are necessary for permanent results.

After Treatment Considerations

    • The procedure, which is done in a doctor’s office, only entails 30 to 45 minutes.
    • No downtime is involved. 
    • Don’t engage in heavy exercise, sunbathing, hot baths or saunas or take plane flights for two to three days after your procedure.
    • Improvements can be seen over a time period of several weeks to months.

If you have any uncomfortable or embarrassing spider veins on your face, legs, or chest, you may be suffering from a vein disorder. Download our FREE guide to understand the signs & symptoms you should be looking out for, or give us a call at (913)541-3377.

3 Ways to Treat Yourself in 2020

how to treat your body in 2020If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve made some goals for 2020. Most goals include traveling to a new location, reading more often, or volunteering more. As these are all positive goals that we support, we also feel as if it’s important to treat yourself. Make 2020 the year you focus on yourself. We’ve all heard the saying, “New Year, New You!” but how seriously have we taken it? Here at The Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City, we can help you do just that. By offering several different ways our patients can look and feel better in their own skin. Check out 3 different ways we can make you feel the best about being you, below!

Varicose and Spider Vein Removal

Spending all day on your feet can and will put a tremendous amount of pressure on your legs. This often contributes to the development of varicose or spider veins. For most people, these veins are just an unsightly problem which is really just a cosmetic concern. For the rest, they can turn out to be extremely uncomfortable, causing aching and throbbing. If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to larger health problems. 

We can help you take control of your health in 2020 and avoid all these potential health problems. There are many treatment options for varicose veins. Patients with spider veins can see the treatment options here. If one of them interests you or you would like more information on it, give us a call at (913)541-3377 for a free consultation.

SculpSure

2018 New Year’s resolutions report that 45% of Americans wanted to lose weight or get into shape (Statista, 2018). And this number is only increasing. Even those individuals with a consistent workout regimen, you still may not be seeing the results you were hoping for in the mirror. We are here to tell you that it is not your fault. 

These “problem areas” have stubborn body fat that will cling on and there’s not much you can do about it. Luckily, we offer SculpSure, a non-invasive procedure that “melts” the fat off of you. We can target specific areas that have been holding you back from feeling like your full, confident self. Sculpsure can help reveal the body you’ve always dreamed of.

Aesthetic Services

It’s 2020 and now time to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin. Our aestheticians take every case with a unique approach because we understand all bodies are different. We will work with our patients to develop a treatment plan and educate them on how to continue these self-improvement routines at home. 

Whether you are looking to tighten up that loose skin on your neck or soften those deep lines that have slowly developed over the years. We can take care of these issues for you. You can find our full list of esthetic services here. 

You deserve to feel strong and confident in your own skin, make 2020 yours. Start 2020 off right by living your life to the fullest by giving us a call at (913)541-3377 or schedule your free consultation today!

FAQ: How Long After Treatment Until Veins Disappear?

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One of the most common questions we hear from potential spider or varicose vein patients is, “How long after treatment until my problem veins are gone?” This is an extremely tough question because everyone’s body reacts differently to treatment. A few different factors can affect the timetable. For example, the type of vein issue present, the severity of the vein disorder, and your current health status will all play a factor in your recovery time. Below we have put together an average timeline that we have seen among a majority of our patients in the past. 

Sayōnara, Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is one of the most common spider vein treatments and it involves the injection of a solution (generally a detergent solution) directly into the vein. This injection irritates the lining of the blood vessel which causes it to collapse and stick together. Studies prove that roughly 30-40% of the injected veins will be eliminated after each session. Like mentioned before, different bodies react differently to treatment. This same study shows that less than 10% of the people who have sclerotherapy had their veins not respond to the injections at all.

Although this procedure works for most patients, it is not a guarantee. In our experience, we have found out that the typical spider vein patient will require 3-5 treatments in order to clear up 95% of the problem veins. This kind of treatment will eliminate the chances of these veins reappearing. Keep in mind, new veins may reappear.

Vanishing Varicose Veins

Dr. Barbieri examining a patients varicose veins.Varicose veins are usually bigger problems than spider veins. Hence, they require more extensive treatments and will take even longer to heal. There are three ways to treat varicose veins and each has its pros and cons. 

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy, described above for spider veins, can also be used to treat varicose veins. It is a good, non-surgical procedure which is used on varicose veins when an ablation cannot be utilized. We can use ultrasound guidance to aid in visualization of varicose veins for a more accurate injection placement.

Endovenous Ablation Results Take Several Weeks

Radio Frequency Ablation is a minimally invasive treatment which involves heating the vein wall using temperature controlled energy generated by radio frequency. This heat shrinks and seals the problem vein. Once the vein is closed, blood is naturally rerouted to healthy veins. The now-closed vein is considered waste and the body absorbs it over time. Most people experience relief from their symptoms in about a week. Some specific cases may require additional treatment for certain veins.

Phlebectomy Offers the Fastest Results

Phlebectomy is also another minimally invasive treatment to take care of surface varicose veins. During this treatment, small punctures are made in the skin so the vein can be removed. The nice thing about phlebectomy is how quickly you see results. As this is performed, the affected veins are successfully removed and the results are immediate. The small punctures made during the treatment will require minimal downtime. Wearing a leg compression stocking and resting your leg will most likely be the recommendation as well as giving your leg sometime to rest. Make sure to wear this stocking for several weeks following your treatment. 

Related Read: Vein Treatment Without the Medical Jargon – What to Expect

If you or a family member is experiencing spider veins or varicose veins, it’s best to schedule an appointment with an expert who can recommend the right treatment for you. We approach every scenario differently because we know everybody reacts differently to treatment. Schedule an appointment today!

Spider Veins 101

spider veins under a magnifying glass

Perhaps you’ve seen it: a delicate cluster of purple-tinted veins spreading across your skin, anywhere from your chest to your legs or face. These are spider veins, and despite the scary-sounding name, they’re among the most common vein problems. Named for their delicate appearance, spider veins are largely hereditary and are exceptionally prone to bursting, potentially causing pain and irritation. They can appear anywhere on the body, including legs, ankles, knees, and face, and at any age. But what are they, and how can they be treated? We treat spider veins every day at The Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City. Here’s what you need to know.

What Are Spider Veins?

graphic of spider veinSpider veins are actually broken capillaries. Capillaries are fine blood vessels that lie very close to the surface, making them prone to breakage and – when they do – due to the fine lines they leave, they resemble spider webs. 

 Who Gets Spider Veins?

Although anyone can get spider veins, there are several factors that may predispose a person to develop them: 

  • On average, more women get spider veins than men.
  • Although spider veins are more common as you age, anyone can get them – at any age.
  • Obesity can be a factor in the development of spider veins. 
  • Profession can also play a part in whether or not you develop spider veins – particularly if you spend a lot of time on your feet. Teachers, nurses, and people in other highly active professions are particularly susceptible to developing spider veins.
  • Hormonal changes, such as those occurring during pregnancy or as a result of medication, can also increase your risk of spider veins.
  • Extensive sun exposure, whether from time outdoors or ultraviolet light in tanning beds, can also lead to skin thinning and increase vein visibility. 

Can Spider Veins Become Varicose Veins?

No. Although they have similar causes, spider veins and varicose veins are different. Spider veins lie close to the surface, while varicose veins are much deeper and may appear gnarled and bulky. Additionally, while varicose veins may worsen over time and pose potential health risks, spider veins do not pose a health threat.

How Can I Treat my Spider Veins?

If you’re interested in treating your spider veins, there are a number of treatment options available through Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City.

  • Sclerotherapy involves using a tiny needle to inject a concentrated solution into the lining of the blood vessel. This causes the vein to collapse and stick together, leading the blood to clot and eventually be reabsorbed naturally by the body.
  • Laser therapy treats the surface of the skin using laser pulses, reducing the overall appearance of spider veins. You may need multiple treatments to remove all traces of the veins, but many opt for laser therapy because it is non-invasive.

 I Want to Treat my Spider Veins!

At Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City, we’re proud to present effective vein solutions perfect for freeing your skin from spider veins for good. If you’d like to get rid of your spider veins safely and effectively, call us at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online! We’d love to answer all of your questions.

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