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Health

Three things to know about varicose veins

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While varicose veins may seem to be just a cosmetic issue, they are actually not something to take lightly. That’s because if left untreated, vein disease can get worse over time. Some varicose veins can even lead to an increased risk of blood clots. Here are three things to know about varicose veins and their treatment:

1. There is a difference between varicose veins and spider veins

Varicose veins are enlarged rope-like blood vessels that are swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. They can be flesh-colored, dark purple or blue and often look like a cluster of grapes. They are commonly found on the back of the calves or the inside of the legs. However, notes Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center, they can form anywhere on the legs, from groin to ankle. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins but they are smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. They are often red or blue and look like tree branches or spider webs. They can occur anywhere on the legs and cover either very small or very large areas of skin.

2. Health insurance likely covers treatment

Most insurances will cover varicose vein. Spider veins, however, are not covered unless they are a result of the varicose veins, Malinowski said.

“When treating the varicose veins they can clean up the spider veins at the end,” she said.

3. There is no downtime

These days there are are a number of effective treatment options that can be done in-office under local anesthesia. That means no downtime for the patient.

“The day you get your varicose veins treated with the laser you are to be up walking with compression stockings on,” Malinowski said.

Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center : 217 Vertin Boulevard, Shorewood, 60404 : 815.254.8888 : https://www.eternalaser.com/