Varicose veins (also known as spider veins when closer to the skin's surface) are a fact of life for many men and women around the world. They're not generally considered medically dangerous, but they can contribute to unnecessary aching, swelling, burning sensations, or night time cramps. By definition they are swollen, twisted, lumpy, discoloured and/or bulging veins, typically found in the legs. Varicose and spider veins can be aesthetically unappealing to many, especially here in Marbella and on the Costa del Sol where our beautifully sunny weather permits us to wear shorts, dresses, and bathing suits nearly all year-round.
At Reisbeck private medical centre in Marbella, we can offer a number of treatment options to help you remove superficial spider veins or deeper varicose veins, so that you can live more comfortably and benefit from flawless legs that you can show off with confidence.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Treatments in Marbella
For small and medium varicose (spider) veins, the expert doctors at the Reisbeck private medical clinic can employ a treatment option called Sclerotherapy. In this non-surgical procedure, which may be repeated several times depending on the severity of your condition and your personal goals, a special liquid or foam is injected into the blood vessels causing the spider veins to naturally disappear by forcing the body to re-route blood through healthier veins, eventually fading the unused vein as it gets reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue. Sclerotherapy sessions are quick (approximately 30 minutes long) and require no local anaesthesia beforehand and only a mild pain reliever afterwards to combat injection tenderness. You should also expect to wear compression stockings for a few days after treatment and avoid sun exposure for several weeks.
Stemming from the same vascular causes but deeper than spider veins, varicose veins are generally more prone to pain and discomfort, especially after walking or sitting or standing for long periods of time. Treatment and recovery for varicose veins is the same as that for spider veins (sclerotherapy), but may need additional sessions or recovery time for the affected veins to be reabsorbed and fade. Your doctor may also recommend an ultrasound to confirm if there's any indication of a blood clot, which could be a more serious condition requiring additional or emergency treatment.
On-Going Self Care
Some people are more prone to spider veins or varicose veins, including women, those with a family history of either condition, overweight patients, or those who stand or sit for long periods of time on a daily basis. Your risk of developing spider veins or varicose veins also increases as you age too, but no matter your risk factor, preventative and on-going self care is also an important part of treating your varicose or spider veins. Good blood circulation is the key to stopping varicose veins before they start, which is best achieved through regular exercise, a high fibre, low sodium diet, avoiding high heels and tight clothing, even taking extra time in your day to (literally) put your feet up.
Despite your best efforts though, spider veins and varicose veins aren't entirely preventable, so if you're concerned that you have or are at risk of developing spider veins or varicose veins, it's always a good idea to speak with your doctor to discuss early treatment options or medical intervention and how they can help you live a more comfortable, more confident lifestyle. Get in touch with the internationally-trained GPs and family doctors at Reisbeck private medical centre in Marbella who can provide a holistic approach to your treatment, so you can always leave with all your questions answered and a solution to any concerns you have, no matter what they may be. We also work closely with CardioCare vascular centre in Marbella to provide on-going cardio-vascular care or any other necessary interventions, as needed.
Get in touch today to get the flawless legs you deserve.