If you have painful or unsightly varicose veins or spider veins, you probably have some questions about vein treatment. You may also wonder whether treatment really works.
Let’s go over the answers to some common questions surrounding vein treatment, and where you can go in the Tampa area for an evaluation and treatment for your vein condition.
What Is the Difference Between Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged and bulging veins that can be blue or purple. They cause varying degrees of discomfort and pain.
In contrast, spider veins are thin and flat, and they are usually reddish. Both varicose veins and spider veins can be twisted in shape.
Is Treatment for Varicose Veins Only for Cosmetic Purposes?
No – varicose veins can cause pain, swelling, cramping, itching, burning, fatigue, a feeling of heaviness in the area, and even blood clots. If a varicose vein is left untreated, it can eventually burst upward through the skin and develop into an open skin ulcer, which can easily cause an infection. A varicose vein can also cause hyperpigmentation of the skin.
What Is the Best Treatment for Varicose and Spider Veins?
There are different treatment options, including laser treatment, vein ablation, vein surgery, and sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is considered an excellent treatment for both spider veins and varicose veins, but your vein doctor will explain what would work best for you.
Can I Resume Normal Activities After Varicose Vein Treatment?
Yes, you will generally be able to return to your daily activities after your vein treatment. Certain activities such as walking are encouraged, but you should not overdo your movements for a few days after treatment.
Is Vein Treatment Painful?
Most vein treatments are not painful at all. Whether you feel pain and discomfort or not depends on the type of vein treatment procedure and the accuracy and carefulness of the vein doctor performing it.
Will My Spider Veins or Varicose Veins Reoccur After Treatment?
Certain factors such as age, obesity, family history, and hormones may predispose you to developing additional abnormal vein issues in the treated area. Treating the underlying cause which is contributing to the vein abnormality can help prevent recurrence.
Vein Treatment in Tampa Bay
If you suffer from any vein-related issue and are seeking lasting treatment, our board-certified and fellowship-trained vascular surgeon, Dr. Edward Mackay, is here for you. Dr. Mackay specializes in treating vein problems and associated symptoms.
Whether you have spider veins, varicose veins, discoloration, numbness, tingling, pain, or other issues in your legs, it is in your best interest to have an evaluation and possible treatment by an experienced vein specialist. Blood clots can be especially dangerous, so having your veins treated could indeed be a life-saving solution.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mackay, contact our friendly staff by calling our Tampa Bay office today at (727) 349-5652 or by filling out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you enjoy clear, pain-free legs!