What are unsightly veins?
Both varicose veins and smaller broken veins or capillaries can cause an unsightly appearance.
Varicose veins which appear as blue, swollen, kinked and twisted or with a “ropey appearance” on the lower limbs are mainly due to a weakness in valves and walls of the veins.
These are more common in women and may occur for the first time in pregnancy. Some people have hereditary factors that predispose them to the development of the problem. The condition is worsened by standing for long periods of time, inactivity, wearing high heels and crossing the legs. Sometimes varicose veins happen after a leg injury associated with damage to the vein.
The condition is associated with reduced drainage of blood from the lower limbs, swelling and increased tissue pressure in the legs and can lead to blood clotting within the veins. Sometimes the veins will rupture and bleed. Also there can be brown discolouration of the skin of the legs.
Spider veins are a common occurence. These are tiny veins that can be dark red or dark blue in colour. They are often seen in the legs and look like the branches of a tree or can resemble a spider’s web. They are found close to the surface of the skin and can be present on the face and occasionally they can also be found on other parts of the body. These can be caused by a backup of blood. However, hereditary factors, hormonal changes and even sun exposure may lead to the development of this problem. Certainly, on the face and upper body excessive exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun can lead to the appearance of spider veins on the cheeks, nose and chest.
What treatments are available for unsightly veins?
The Rosenthal Clinic offers numerous ways to effectively treat unsightly veins. The best course of action can only really be established with at your free personal consultation to determine any relevant medical factors and timescales that may affect choice of treatment.