A large proportion of men and women from all over the world have spider veins on one or more parts of their body
Despite this, many of us still harbour misconceptions as to how and why they are formed, not to mention how they can be treated. Here are some of the common misconceptions people have surrounding spider veins:
MYTH #1: Australians don’t seek treatment for spider veins
Research shows that in industrialised nations such as Australia, up to a third of all women and a tenth of all men seek help with venous-related symptoms and problems in the legs. It’s a common problem, and people seek assistance for it every day.
MYTH #2: Spider veins are an inevitable part of aging
As you get older, your veins are affected by time and gravity. Some people might find that their parents and grandparents had spider veins. This means that you might experience more prominent spider veins as you age. What it doesn’t mean is that you have to live with it. You can do something about it. You can treat it.
MYTH #3: Spider veins are always harmless
Most of the time spider veins are harmless and are just an aesthetic concern. However,they can also be a symptom of a more serious venous disease, which is why consulting a vascular specialist is always recommended. Even if they are not dangerous, spider veins can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as swelling, cramping, pain, and feelings of heaviness.
MYTH #4: Removing spider veins involves surgery
The most commonly recommended method of removing spider veins is by sclerotherapy, which is when the veins are injected with a fine needle, causing them to gradually become less visible as the treatment takes effect. It is done in the doctor’s rooms and patients can return to work following treatment. There is no downtime with injection sclerotherapy.
MYTH #5: Treating spider veins is expensive
The cost of treatment to remove spider veins is moderate and partly covered by Medicare. It is a simple and cost-effective solution. There are many practices in Melbourne that can offer advice on treating spider veins however not by a Vascular Surgeon.
North Western Vascular is a specialist vascular practice with over 20 years of experience. Contact us today to organise a consultation to advice on the best mode of treatment for your spider veins.