Leg Vein Reduction

Two types of leg vein problems include varicose veins and spider veins.

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that appear twisted or bulging out from the surface of the skin. They are generally found on the thighs or inside of the leg. They may be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins.

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins, and are closer to the surface of the skin. They have short, jagged lines, and often look like tree branches or spider webs. Spider veins can be caused by backup of blood, changes in hormone, exposure to sunlight and injuries.

Valves prevent the blood from flowing in the wrong direction. When the valve becomes non-functional or weak, then leg vein problems start. This condition may cause the blood to pool, forcing the veins to poke out of the skin and look twisted. Certain medical conditions may also arise due to leg veins.

Leg vein problems may cause varying degrees of discomfort such as:

  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Heaviness
  • Aches
  • Leg cramps

Reasons That Contribute to Leg Vein Formation

The significant factor that contributes to leg vein formation is hereditary or genetic susceptibility to weak vein walls and vein valves. However, a number of lifestyle factors contribute to leg veins, including:

  • lack of exercise
  • birth control pills
  • hormone replacement therapies
  • pregnancy
  • aging
  • prolonged sitting or standing
  • obesity
  • constipation

Treatment Options

  • Conservative Measures
  • Medical Treatment
  • Endovenous Laser Treatment
  • Micro-Phlebectomy
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Foam-Sclerotherapy
  • Glycerin Sclerotherapy
  • Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Techniques

After Surgery

After surgery, one should wear compression stockings for the first 24 hours and later for at least two to four weeks. The stockings can be removed during showers and when sleeping. An ace bandage should cover the stockings which should be wrapped for 24 hours.

  • A person can start normal daily activity right away, but it is advisable not to do vigorous exercise or get into a hot tub or sauna.
  • Post-surgery one should follow the prescribed medicine or ibuprofen for the first few days.
  • Walking for 20 minutes twice daily can promote healing.

Contact Our Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon in Westchester, NY

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is long-lasting and may be permanent. When healed, the surgically reconstructed body part requires little or no maintenance. You can schedule a personal consultation with Dr. John F. Farella to determine whether cosmetic surgery is right for you.

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