We love working with our elderly patients who come for aesthetic treatments and skin cancer checks. Other problems can occur as we age, such as varicose veins. Many people who have varicose veins never experience any symptoms. For them, they may be a concern only from a cosmetic view. In addition, they can be uncomfortable, both physically and for your confidence level. The presence of the contorted veins may prompt you to wear long pants when you would rather wear shorts or a dress, or cause pain and fatigue that limits your activity. If varicose veins are causing you problems, contact Compassion Dermatology today to schedule a consultation. Our dermatologist in Southlake, TX will be glad to assist you with a treatment plan for your varicose veins.
As we grow older, our skin loses elasticity and volume due to age related factors and sun damage. Inside our bodies, changes also occur. Varicose veins are an example of how aging can affect your body. If you suffer from varicose veins, a dermatologist in Southlake, TX can assist you to have the beautiful legs you want and the lifestyle you need without pain, fatigue or risk.
There are a number of factors that may predispose you to the development of varicose veins. Genetics, age, weight, sex, and jobs requiring long periods of sitting or standing are a few common causes. The condition occurs when the valves in the veins are weakened. Varicose veins are not usually considered a serious medical problem, but they can cause physical discomfort such as pain or burning. In addition, they are more vulnerable to vein ulceration or open wounds, and bleeding after even a minor injury. Although it is not common, the condition may cause some persons to be more vulnerable to blood clots, or phlebitis (an inflammation of the veins). Your dermatologist in Southlake, TX can assess the risk you could face if you have varicose veins.
The appearance of varicose veins is typically twisted, swollen, enlarged and a dark blue or purple in color. They are most common in the legs and ankles but can occur anywhere. If they are not causing you any problems and you are not self conscious of them, they do not necessarily require medical treatment. However, without treatment they may worsen. If treatment is a consideration for you, there are a number of options available from your dermatologist in Southlake, TX.
Home treatment includes wearing compression stockings, which prevent the blood from pooling in the veins. They should be worn every day. Elevation of the legs above the level of the heart 3 to 4 times a day for 15 minutes at a time, will reduce swelling and help to reduce other symptoms related to varicose veins.
A consultation with your dermatologist in Southlake, TX will enable your doctor to provide you with the best treatment plan appropriate for you and your health. A few of the options include:
- Leg vein injections, also known as Sclerotherapy, offers rapid improvement with minimal discomfort. Two to five treatments are a common number for the best results, with improvement following each treatment. It is the most commonly used treatment for both varicose veins and is ideal for spider veins. The veins shrink and gradually disappear.
- Laser therapy or radiotherapy uses heat to destroy the wall of a varicose vein which is absorbed.
- Stripping was the original procedure and is now seldom performed. A modern treatment is available using a small catheter and radio waves to shrink the collagen within the vessel wall. The vein is gradually absorbed by the body over a period of time of up to eight weeks.
- Ambulatory phlebectomy is an older procedure still in use. The vein is extracted through very small micro-incisions. The incisions are so small sutures are not needed. Patients can return to most of their activities the next day, with walking encouraged. This procedure offers the advantage of there being no need to wait for absorption to occur.
Your dermatologist in Southlake, TX will perform an assessment of your varicose veins and recommend the best treatment based on you, your health, goals and expectations.
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are enlarged superficial capillaries, similar to varicose veins just beneath the skin surface. They appear as a web of blood vessels, typically red or purple. There are a number of causes for the development of spider veins. They are quite common and are present in half of all adults. The causes are the same as with varicose veins and include over exposure to the sun, obesity, age related causes, pregnancy, prolonged standing and hormonal changes. They typically occur on the face and legs, but occasionally occur elsewhere.
The treatment of spider veins is seldom surgical, as they rarely cause pain. Treatment is typically purely for cosmetic reasons. Sclerotherapy is both a common and effective treatment that does not require anesthesia. Laser is an alternative and does not require injections, incisions or anesthesia for spider veins. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist in Southlake, TX.
Compassion Dermatology is committed to providing you with comprehensive, care with advanced technology and the highest personal care available. We customize every treatment to each individual patient needs and condition. When you need a dermatologist in Southlake, TX for medical, or cosmetic needs,give us a call.