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Exterminating Spiders: Spider Veins, That Is

There are a number of things we can do to help our bodies look and feel better. Cosmetic surgery can make noses smaller, waists slimmer, and lips fuller. It can help with almost every area of your body, and is especially helpful when it comes to getting rid of spider veins, called sclerotherapy. Millions of women are affects by this unsightly problem, which usually manifests in the thighs and caves. In fact, doctors estimate that over half of the female populations in the United States deals with spider veins at some level. Thankfully, cosmetic surgery can fix this problem quite easily. With a fairly simply procedure, the veins collapse and fade away, also leaving behind problems caused by these veins, like itching, burning, and cramping.

Spider veins really are blood vessels in the legs that are very close to the skins surface and grow as we age, but serve no vital function. Development of spider veins is attributed to genetics, weight gain, hormonal fluctuations, the use of certain medications, and having a job that causes you to sit or stand for long periods of time over many years. Spider veins can appear in the spider web shape, or they can also look like simple lines or like tree branches. These are not the same as varicose veins, which are larger, darker, and require more intense treatment.

A sclerotherapy session is usually very quick, lasting only 15 minutes in some cases and less than an hour in most cases. You will lie on a table, wearing shorts that reveal your spider veins. The doctor will then clean the areas to be treated with antiseptic and inject a sclerosing agent into the affected veins. You will get anywhere from 5 to 40 of these injections, and these is usually little pain because the needle being used is very think and the agent being injected is very mild.

After your treatment, cotton will be taped to the treated areas to create a compression, and you may also be told to hear hosiery to further help the blood to clot. Cramping is common during the first few days, and bruising will occur for up to a month. However, walking is encouraged to prevent clotting in the larger veins of your legs. After a first treatment, you should notice a significant change in your legs’ appearance, and after a few more treatments, the spider veins should be gone completely, helping you look younger and feel healthier.

  © Mirza Rais 2009

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