September 9, 2021
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Some people with varicose veins or varicose veins may want a simple solution to make the lines or swellings on their legs disappear or disappear. Doctors offer a variety of effective treatments, but some people may be puzzled by blue light therapy, which may be available in spas or for home treatment.
Although some people may have positive experiences with it, blue light treatments may not be effective and will not be as effective as other therapies doctors can offer.
“People can try doing something inexpensive at home or going to a spa, but they shouldn’t expect much from a cheap blue light pen available online, and a spa technician does not have the equipment or the expertise to provide effective medical care. treatments, ”says vascular surgeon, Habib Khan, MD“ People with spider veins or varicose veins should trust a doctor to find the solution that’s best for them.
Understanding the spider and varicose veins
Spider veins are fine lines that can be seen across the skin, and they are often reddish. Varicose veins are thicker, threadlike veins, which may be bluish or purple, or they may appear as bulges under your skin. Both can develop when blood is not flowing efficiently through the veins in the legs.
Blue light therapy may be more likely to work on small spider veins than on larger varicose veins, but it may not have a noticeable effect. However, blue light therapy has been shown to work as an acne treatment, so it can help people with other issues related to the appearance of the skin.
Varicose veins and spider veins are more common in women than in men. They are also more likely to develop in:
- people with a family history of varicose veins or spider veins
- pregnant women
- obese people
- the elderly, including postmenopausal women
Spider veins and varicose veins usually do not cause health problems; this is usually a cosmetic issue, although they can cause discomfort or make your legs feel heavy or tired.
Ways to minimize spiders and varicose veins
If you are bothered by varicose veins or spider veins, ask a doctor about your options to minimize or eliminate them. You will get better results with a healthcare professional than at a spa or through an online purchase. However, spider veins and varicose veins sometimes develop again in people who are susceptible to them, regardless of the treatment.
Common treatments for varicose veins and spider veins include:
- Lifestyle changes. People who sit or stand for long periods of time are more likely to develop varicose veins or varicose veins. To reduce your chances, interrupt long periods of sitting or standing and take the time to be physically active every day – walk or do other exercises. If you are overweight, losing weight will put less strain on the veins in your legs, which can help blood flow through them more easily.
- Compression stockings. Your doctor may recommend that you wear special compression stockings during the day, which can help blood flow through the veins in your legs more efficiently.
- Sclerotherapy. Your doctor may inject a chemical into varicose veins, which causes them to collapse and close. People often need the treatment more than once for the veins to completely close. Within a few weeks, the veins should fade and disappear. Doctors generally recommend that people wear compression stockings after injections to promote healing.
- Laser treatments. For small veins near the surface of the skin, laser light is powerful and effective enough to make the veins disappear over time. Repeated treatments are often necessary.
- Endovenous thermal ablation. For larger varicose veins deeper in the legs, doctors can insert a catheter into the vein and then heat the tip, either by laser or radio frequency energy. When withdrawn slowly, the heat causes the vein to collapse, closing it permanently. It should wear off within a few weeks.
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