One of the many factors of life is natural aging. Two important things for us to maintain as we grow older are our health and our happiness. Vein health is one such area where age can complicate things, causing the development of swollen veins in legs, feet, or even the face. There’s a difference between these cases, though, and while both can be treated by a board-certified vein doctor, it’s important to know the difference beforehand. We at the United Vein Centers understand these differences and want to share them with you. If you’re looking to have your swollen veins treated, you can find us in West Palm Beach, Florida, or locate one of our other facilities across the country. 


Treating Veins in the Face Versus the Legs

Facial spider veins may seem like the same as spider veins or varicose veins in the arms, legs, or feet, but the truth is that they’re a little different. The main reason is because the appearance of varicose veins in the limbs and feet is largely caused by gravity, while this isn’t the case in the face. The veins of the face are also more delicate and can’t be treated in the same fashion as other veins.


Here at the United Vein Centers, we emphasize that vein treatment is something that is as minimally invasive as possible and designed to eliminate discomfort, be fast, easy, and ultimately not a burden on the patient. Regardless of the treatment you receive, you can rest assured that with us, your procedure will not only be fast but will allow you to return to your normal activities immediately after the session.


As for the treatment methods, veins found in the legs, arms, or feet are often treated with small injections. Sclerotherapy, for example, is a procedure where a medicine is injected into the problematic veins, which causes them to close up. The veins are then absorbed into the body and blood flow is redirected elsewhere. For the face, laser therapy or other light-based solutions are the more delicate alternatives. The results are the same, but the light procedures will handle the face more gently and work to eliminate facial spider veins.


What Causes Swollen Veins in Legs?

As mentioned briefly, the main difference in facial spider veins and the spider veins or varicose veins found in the limbs is gravity. This is because the veins work to fight gravity by sending blood up your legs. If the veins aren’t strong enough, some of that blood will trickle back down and pool on the veins’ valves. Varicose veins can develop as a result, and with them, can come several side effects. Some examples include soreness, tightness, or pain around the veins. Vein treatment can be purely cosmetic, but if your veins are causing you discomfort, it’s important to have them examined.


Contact Us for a Vein Doctor Nearby

If you’re struggling with the development of spider veins or varicose veins, regardless of whether they’re swollen veins in legs or in the face, a vein doctor can help you. With state-of-the-art technology, the United Vein Centers will provide you with a seamless procedure that will get you in and out of the office as quickly as possible. Contact our office in West Palm Beach or one of our other facilities in Florida. Need a location outside of Florida? Visit our website to find out where else we’re located across the country. 


*Due to legal limitations, our Free Screening offer cannot be extended to Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries or other recipients of federal or state health care benefit programs.

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