The most common types of leg veins can be divided into two parts: varicose veins and spider veins. Varicose veins are usually thick, protrude from the skin, and appear like twisted knots. They can be red or bluish in color and can be found in legs, thighs, and calves. Spider veins, on the other hand, are thinner and usually leveled with the surface of the skin. They appear together in clusters similar to the legs of spiders in blue or red color.
There are various causes of varicose or spiders veins. Genetics and pregnancy are two of the most widely known causes for these conditions. Additionally, standing for long periods of time being overweight, old age, exposure to the sun, and excess straining of the lower parts of the body can all cause varicose and spider veins to appear on the skin. Dr. Miguel Delgado M.D., based in Novato, Marin County, San Francisco, is an expert in removing all kinds of leg veins.
Common Treatments for Leg Veins
Compression Stockings: These stockings come in various forms and are an inexpensive method to relieve the pain and discomfort that may be caused by leg veins. They direct proper blood flow from the legs towards the heart by applying pressure from the ankles towards the knees and thighs. This helps the deoxygenated blood to correctly flow back to the heart and lungs instead of leaking back through the weakened valves of the leg veins.
Sclerotherapy: This method uses a chemical solution which is injected directly into the affected veins. The chemical damages the veins in order to stop them from functioning and prevent blood from flowing through them. When the veins are shut off, the body automatically sends the deoxygenated blood through other veins which are stronger and function properly.
The Palomar Icon 1064+ Laser
Palomar Icon is a newly introduced laser treatment device that has the ability to treat a whole host of skin conditions, including leg veins. It uses different hand pieces for different types of treatments. For removing leg veins, Dr. Miguel Delgado M.D. uses the Palomar Icon 1064+ Laser attachment at his Novato, Marin County, San Francisco office. This attachment heats up the blood vessels and causes them to constrict. As a result, it effectively removes spider veins and small varicose veins in as little as two to three treatments. It’s by far one of the best options available for removing leg veins as it is much safer than other lasers and produces faster results.