Varicose and Spider Veins

Varicose and spider veins often become noticeable as we age. Although unsightly, they rarely become medical problems. But just because they are harmless does not mean you have to tolerate them. This article looks at what causes varicose and spider veins and the surgical and non-surgical ways to remove them.

Varicose veins look like jagged purple lines or swollen bluish cords, usually spreading across the thighs and calves. Spider web patterns in red, blue or purple may appear on the legs or on the face. Spider veins are tiny twisted blood vessels that become visible through the skin. Around 60 percent of adults have these faulty or warped blood vessels, which makes them a relatively common problem.

Who gets varicose and spider veins?

Varicose and spider veins occur in both men and women, but usually women are more susceptible to them. Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy and menopause, use of birth control pills and postmenopausal hormonal replacement therapy also make women more likely to get varicose and spider veins.

Varicose and spider veins pose a problem for people who are on their feet for prolonged periods, such as teachers, hair stylists, factory and retail workers and nurses. Lack of movement is another factor as is obesity or a history of blood clots. A genetic element is also involved. Anything that increases pressure in the abdomen, including constipation, tumours and even tight-fitting garments can increase the level of risk. Previous trauma or surgery of the legs or the veins and exposure to ultraviolet rays may also contribute to the development of varicose and spider veins.

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  • shirley ryan says:

    I have had spider veins on my legs and on my face, had the ones on my face I had them done a couple of years ago but they are coming back and the ones on my legs are getting worse, I paid almost $500 to have my face done a couple of days ago, I cant pay anything like this again, I am now on a pension now if this makes ant difference??

    • Costhetics says:

      Hi Shirley,

      Thanks for your comment!

      It really depends on whether you can get a Medicare rebate. If your treatment is for cosmetic reasons, then it is a considered cosmetic / elective treatment and no rebate is available.

      If you need them removed for health reasons there may be some rebate, but it is unlikely cover the entire fee. The best way to find out is exactly what the out of pocket expenses are is to ask your Doctor.

      Good luck! Costhetics

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