- An alarming 55% of all American women and 20% of American men suffer from some form of vein disorder. Whether it is unsightly, spider-resembling purple patches or bulging rope-like veins that protrude from the skin, veins can be painful, unsightly and downright embarrassing.
- The Different type of veins:
- Spider Veins, more commonly called broken capillaries, are medically referred to as telangiectases, that appear just below the surface of the skin, they are less than 2mm in doameter are blue, red or purplish in color and crop up in clusters resembling a spider web or lines.
- Varicose veins are abnormally stretched or swollen veins that bulge from the surface of the skin in a rope-like manner. Generally found on the legs, varicose veins are the result of faulty vein valves or weak vein walls.
- Most common types of vein disorders during pregnancy
- Why pregnancy causes venous disorders
Varicose and spider veins usually begin to develop during the first trimester and worsen throughout pregnancy. There are three main causes. 1) The influx of female hormones which weaken the vein walls. 2) An increase in blood volume necessary to supply the developing uterus and embryo, both of which cause the vessels to expand. 3) As the fetus develops, more and more weight is applied to the uterus causing pressure on the pelvic veins. The three events cause the supporting valves in the veins to collapse, thus causing a varicosity.
- When is the best time for treatment?
Treatment should start approximately 6 weeks after delivery. Although there is no contraindication for treatments such as sclerotherapy during breastfeeding, it is important to allow enough time for the non-affected veins to return to their normal state before beginning aggressive treatment. Varicose veins during pregnancy can only be alleviated via conservative measures such as practicing leg elevation, wearing compression hosiery, adhering to a proper diet and weight control, and most importantly, exercise to strengthen the muscles of the legs (the second heart). The second heart is a system of muscles, veins, and valves in the calf and foot that work together to push blood back up to the heart and lungs. Vein valves act as trapdoors that open and close with each muscle contraction to prevent the backflow of blood.
General sufferers of venous disorders should always treat presenting varicose or spider veins prior to even considering pregnancy. Doing so will significantly reduce symptoms during pregnancy.
- NEWEST PAINLESS PROCEDURE: Cryo-Sclerotherapy