Leg Veins: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment with Advanced Dermatology
Leg veins can develop many issues, some of which can be serious to the health. Others pose a threat to the individual because they are not that attractive to look at. Many times leg veins are caused due to heredity, obesity, occupations in which standing is expected much of the time (think nursing, hairdressers), pregnancy, menopause, puberty and other hormonal influences, birth control pill usage, a history of blood clots, tumors in the abdomen, and other factors that cause pressure in the abdomen. Exposure to ultraviolet rays, previous vein surgeries, and trauma or injury to the skin have also been noted to cause leg veins. Lack of movement can also cause issues with leg veins, as can increasing age. As an individual ages, the leg veins may weaken, thus not working as well.
What are some of the issues that leg veins may possess? How many risks are associated with leg veins?
Varicose veins and spider veins are often seen in the legs. Leg veins of this nature are most commonly seen in woman. It is estimated that 30 to 60% of adults will have either type of leg veins. Fifty to fifty five percent of woman will see some type of leg veins problem in their life, while forty to forty five percent of men will have issues with leg veins.
What are the symptoms of leg veins?
Many times, those that suffer with leg veins will say that they hurt. Many have reported that they feel aching and cramps in the legs. The legs may feel restless, tingle, or throb. A heavy feeling may also be felt in the legs. At times, the leg veins may feel like they are burning. Often times, the leg veins will stop hurting if the legs have been elevated or if support hose are worn. Many times woman will notice that during the menstrual cycle, these symptoms for leg veins are much worse. Some individuals may see blood clots that have inflammation in them if they have problems with their leg veins. Other less common symptoms of leg veins include darkening of the skin, particularly in the ankle region, ulcers and swelling.
How can leg veins be treated?
Leg veins may be treated using Syneron LV applicator. Leg veins that are smaller in size may be treated using the Syneron LV applicator. This applicator will treat leg veins that are up to 4mm in size. Syneron LV applicator uses a combination of light energies with radio frequencies (RF).
Good candidates for treating leg veins with this procedure include those that are not a fan of needles, those that do not want an invasive procedure, and those that have adverse effects to Sclerotherapy. This procedure for leg veins is well tolerated by many individuals, as there can be a cooling gel or a topical anesthetic cream that can be used to numb any pain. The hand held device also has a cooling device that is built in to ensure that side effects are not seen.
There are generally no side effects seen when using Syneron LV applicator for leg veins. Rarely, crusting, pigment changes, or blistering can be seen. However, there is not any permanent damage done to the skin and these issues will be resolved in a very short time.
How many treatments will be needed to treat leg veins with Syneron LV applicator?
Typically, leg veins can be treated in one to three sessions using Syneron LV applicator. However, sometimes leg veins are more difficult and could possibly require more treatments. Typically, treatments are spaced out every six to eight weeks. Once treated, the leg veins will fade. Treatments can be continued until the individual is satisfied with the end results.