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Is Vein Removal Healthy?

Do you have spider veins or varicose veins that you think are unsightly or are causing you discomfort?  If so, it may be time to consult with a vein specialist regarding vein removal.  Fortunately, there are modern treatments that make it possible to treat veins safely and effectively.  But is vein removal healthy? 

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins or telangiectasias are broken blood vessels that typically appear near the surface of the skin.  They are blue, red, or purple and usually occur on the face and legs.  

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are twisted, bulging veins that commonly affect the legs.  They are generally blue or dark purple in color. 

Is Vein Removal Healthy?

Veins play a critical role in overall health; their primary function is to carry blood back from various parts of the body to the heart.  Although veins are often harmless, they can be uncomfortable and may develop as a result of an underlying condition such as venous insufficiency.  

Venous insufficiency occurs when the one-way valve in the vein malfunctions, causing blood to flow backward and pool in the vein.  This condition can result in symptoms such as pain, swelling in the legs, and restless legs.  These symptoms will resolve when the affected veins are removed.  Therefore, vein removal is a very sensible option for people with spider veins or varicose veins. 

Vein Removal Treatments

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy and ND YAG laser treatment are two effective vein removal options. 

IPL and laser devices target and break down the abnormal veins, which are subsequently reabsorbed by the body.   Light and laser treatments destroy the veins without damaging the skin. 

Patients are typically able to resume normal activities the day following treatment. 

If you have spider veins or varicose veins you would like removed, it’s best to consult with a vein specialist.  The specialist will perform an evaluation and determine if vein removal is a safe option for you. 

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