Conditions

Varicose Veins & Spider Veins

Make those veins vanish.

As our bodies change, so can our veins. When we’re young, they’re practically invisible, hidden beneath our voluminous, youthful skin. But between health, weight gain, hormones, heredity, prolonged standing, injury, and medication use, as we age, those veins can become not only visible, but also unsightly.

About half of Canadians have some form of vein disease, with varicose veins impacting 50% of people over age 50. From tiny purple, creeping spider veins to swollen, protruding varicose veins, these aren’t only an embarrassing, aesthetic issue, but often a comfort one as well since they can become painful when left untreated.

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The two types of veins.

Visible, unsightly veins manifest in two different types, both of which are dilated superficial blood vessels caused by increased pressure in the veins:

Spider veins: Tiny blood vessels close to the skin’s surface, spider veins are often bright blue, red, or purple, and found on the face or legs. Their name stems from their web-like appearance since they cluster together and spread out. While spider veins don’t typically become medically problematic, they are unsightly, they can become uncomfortable (aching or throbbing), and they do worsen over time without treatment.

Varicose veins: Protruding, rope-like veins that can be felt and seen on the surface of your skin, varicose veins are most common on the legs, but may also appear in the groin or on the chest or hands. Varicose don’t always cause pain, but they can indicate a greater circulatory issue and if untreated can lead to complications.

What makes veins visible?

Veins lose elasticity as we age and the valves weaken. Combined with the inevitable impact of gravity, and blood can pool in veins, causing deoxygenation and making them varicose. Because pregnancy doubles blood volume and decreases blood flow to the lower body, some women can end up with varicose and spider veins at a much younger age.

Women are much more likely to develop varicose and spider veins, particularly if they’re over 50 years old, overweight, have a family history, or endure prolonged sitting or standing (which limits circulation).

The most common complication of varicose and spider veins is pain, typically cramping, swelling legs. Some people experience itchiness or bleeding along with discoloration and hardening, which can sometimes result in complications like ulcers and blood clots.

Why choose us?

At External Affairs, we care about every single one of your concern head to toes and we are dedicated to finding the best solution for you and your veins. We pride ourselves on extensive consultations with our highly trained and educated staff.

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