As the summer temperatures rise, you want to show off your legs in skirt, but you worry about small visible veins on your legs. Small veins are common aesthetic problem. Almost 60% of women in middle or older age have the same problems to more or less same extent. Spider veins on legs are not just a cosmetic issue. They point out that venous walls are losing their elasticity, which can lead to formation of varicose veins.
Micro varices – how to recognise them?
Micro varices are veins usually of 1mm in diameter and are red in colour, the larger ones, even blue. They present themselves as simple or branched structures. Patients suffering with this vascular problem can sometimes feel prodding or even cramps, although most of patients, apart from the elasticity issues, do not describe any problems. Unhealthy lifestyle, being overweight and lack of exercise are contributing risk factors. Prevention of development of varicose veins is based on early intervention treatment, healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise, fluids and sleep.
One of the recommended methods for removal of spider veins on legs is sclerotherapy. During this treatment, the doctor injects special sclerosant fluid into the treated vein. These veins are very thin, so this type of treatment is very difficult, unless of course, it is done correctly. This treatment can be done in walk-in clinic and the patient leaves after the treatment without any special restrictions. The length of the treatment is individual, usually a few minutes, based on number of cracked veins and the number of required impulses of laser. On average, it is necessary to use 100-150 laser impulses per leg. Sclerotherapy of cracked veins using CL and CS method is suitable for anyone. The treatment is safe and does not cause any allergic reactions. The best results are achieved by undergoing two treatments, best a few weeks apart.
Stages of Chronic Venous Disease
C0 – Sensation of heavy legs, swelling of lower extremities, night time cramps, burning, itching, pains when standing or sitting for longer periods of time
C1– Thread spider veins with diameter of less than 1mm and reticular veins with
diameter of 1–3 mm
C2 – More prominent bulging of affected leg veins, signalling beginning of inflammation of varicose veins
C3 – Leg swelling
C4 – Lower leg skin changes, eczema, various pigmentations, thinning of the skin
C5 – Healed venous ulcer of lower leg
C6 – Opened venous ulcer of lower leg