Enlarged Veins: What can I do about them?

Vein Removal Before & After

Bulging, apparent veins can look worrisome. Most mild cases only serve to be a cosmetic problem, but sometimes more severe cases can require medical assistance. You may want to seek help if you experience ulcers near the veins, shortness of breath or chest pains in conjunction with bulging veins as this can be a sign of vascular disease or a blood clot. Check with your primary care provider, though, if you are concerned.

Most people do not have a severe case of enlarged veins. Instead, most of us suffer from the apparent topography of bulging veins or even just spider veins that are readily apparent through the skin. What can you do about veins that are way too apparent?

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins usually occur superficially — that means that they appear close to the skin. Usually if you have varicose veins, they run in your family. Increased blood pressure in the legs can be attributed to varicose veins as well. Damage to leg veins can cause varicose veins as well.

Is there anything that can be done?

At home, you can attempt to reduce the look of varicose veins by applying compression stockings and exercising a lot of healthy habits including good nutrition, exercise, elevating your legs, and avoiding long periods of sitting and standing. Most people can reduce the look of varicose veins — and keep more from occurring — using these methods.

Spider Veins

A spider vein, also known as telangiectasias, are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop close to the surface. These can have a variety of looks. They can look similar to smaller varicose veins, look almost like a rash, or look like deep set purple-blue veins in the skin. Similar to varicose veins, they can be attributed to genetics, but also may occur in conjunction with varicose veins.

Is there anything that can be done?

At home, you can attempt to reduce the look of spider veins by, like varicose veins, applying compression stockings and engaging in healthy habits. Tanning or getting a tan outside naturally can help reduce the look of spider veins, but is only a short-term solution and can damage the skin, especially if you’re visiting a tanning bed or skipping sunscreen.

How can I remove varicose or spider veins?

If you’re tired of home remedies and solutions that don’t stick, we have a solution for you. Laser vein removal can remove varicose or spider veins — even some of the most unsightly ones. Laser vein removal works by delivering a focused beam of light to a varicose vein or spider vein. This causes scar tissue to form on the vein, which then closes off the vein. When a vein does not have blood flowing through it, it dies and is later absorbed by the body.

The thing about laser vein removal is that it really works. Unlike compression stockings, you don’t need to keep putting them on day after day. You can see real results in a short period of time*. Everyone is different and there is no way to know who will respond better to laser vein removal treatments.

Check out our gallery of before and after shots. Ready to get started? Schedule your consultation for laser vein removal with Abington Aesthetic & Laser Medical Center today!

(*)Individual results may vary. Photos are examples of possible results. Please consult with our staff to find out what may work best for you.