I’m Walking Into Spiderwebs

Melissa’s Experience with Leg Spider Veins

I got a lot of physical features from my mom; her height, her bone structure and tragically, her spider veins. For those of you that don’t know, spider veins are those small cluster of “spider web” looking veins located near the skin surface.

Not to be confused with varicose veins, which are the enlarged, rope-like veins that pop up above the surface of the skin (please Lord, I hope I never have to deal with those).

You’ve probably heard you can get spider veins from crossing your legs, pregnancy or standing for too long. But allegedly, 80 percent of the time, spider veins are genetic. So Thanks, Mom! I am one of the unlucky few that got them at a young age. I was probably 18 when I noticed my first web of veins. Since then, they’ve only become more prevalent.

Fortunately, for me, there is something I can do about it. I found laser vein treatment to be fast, effective and affordable with no down-time! All of my leg veins were able to be treated in one 30 minute session! But sometimes a follow- up session is needed for those pesky non-compliant veins.

My first experience with leg vein treatment was…tolerable. The only other treatment I have ever had was laser hair removal, so I expected it to feel pretty similar to that of laser hair removal treatment. I was mistaken, it’s quite different! Whereas with LHR, the entire area is treated, with vein treatment only the problem veins are treated. And the feeling is quite different too. The closest thing I can relate it to is being punched. The pressure you feel in the spot you’re punched, if you could shrink it down, it’s like you’re being punched in the leg at the vein spot followed by a quick pinch. Luckily, it’s fast. All of my veins took about 15 minutes start to finish.

Laser vein treatment works because the laser is attracted to the hemoglobin in your blood. It attacks the hemoglobin, causing the vessel wall to heat up and collapse. Once treated, the veins swell and rise. This lasted for about an hour then subsided. Leaving a bruise in some areas where the vein webs were largest.

The bruising lasted about three weeks so I recommend having leg vein treatment in Fall and Winter. This way, you can cover up any unsightly bruises. I also used Arnica Montana to help with the swelling and bruising. You can find Arnica at your local pharmacy. It comes in a variety of forms but I specifically took Borion. It’s a homeopathic remedy, I found to speed up the bruising process. You can even take it a few days in advance.

So far, I found leg vein treatment to be well worth the time, money and effort. But before you choose a facility to have treatment done at, make sure the person treating you has a medical background. Lasers in the wrong hands can lead to big problems. Being comfortable is key to getting through this procedure. Good Luck!

This post was written by WIFH Office Manager Melissa Gatewood.

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