Modern technology has made it easier than ever to remove spider veins. But what do you need to know about modern spider vein removal treatment? Here are 5 important things to consider before your treatment:

4) They’re Not Always Just a Cosmetic Problem

One of the oft-repeated facts about spider veins is that they’re a harmless cosmetic problem. Most people remove spider veins simply because they’re embarrassed about them.

But according to Dr. Wynter Phoenix, a general surgeon with Northern Nevada Medical Group, spider veins may be indicators of more serious diseases:

“For a long time now these veins have been considered cosmetic, but they may, in fact, bely a more significant disease process known as chronic venous insufficiency or reflux,”

Spider veins can be caused by blood clots, muscular problems, obesity, and trauma, for example, all of which can indicate more serious diseases and illnesses.

3) 90% Chance of Improved Spider Vein Appearance After Sclerotherapy

Prior to the development of laser technology, cosmetic clinics typically used sclerotherapy to remove spider veins. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that sclerotherapy has “up to a 90 percent chance of improved spider vein appearance” following treatment.

Laser technology brings that number closer to 100% – especially for patients who undergo multiple treatments.

2) You Can’t Always See Them on the Skin

You might have varicose vein problems without ever seeing them on your skin. Symptoms of varicose veins include:

-Aching pain that gets worse when you stand or sit for long periods of time

-Throbbing or cramping

-Heaviness and swelling

-Itchy, irritated skin or a rash

-Darkening of the skin

-Restless leg syndrome

1) Most Women Have Them

According to womenshealth.gov, approximately 50% to 55% of women in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem, along with 40% to 45% of men.

Among people 50 years of age and older, 50% of them have varicose veins. These numbers are expected to be similar among Canadians.

With that in mind, you’re not alone if you have varicose veins and spider veins: they happen to over half the population of developed countries as they age. You may see them as an embarrassing problem, but an easy solution is available today.

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