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    Varicose/Spider Veins
    Susan Evans, MD posted:
    Dear Readers,

    Also known as spider veins; varicose veins are one of the biggest complaints of my patients.

    Spider veins are not attractive and we feel very self conscious when they appear, making us reluctant to wear shorts, bathing suits, or shorter skirts.

    What can be done to combat them?

    Unfortunately, most over the counter products that are touted to "cure" spider veins, really do very little to change their appearance.

    Varicose veins (spider veins) are caused when the valves in our bloodstream weaken and allow blood to flow backward. This leads to pooling of blood, and when enough blood accumulates, it causes bulges and visible veins. They are usually blue in appearance. They twist and stick out from the surface of your skin. Some people even have spider veins appear on their face.

    Varicose veins are caused by a number of things: hereditary, hormonal changes, sun damage, and rosacea.

    How do you get rid of them?

    There are no over the counter remedies that actually work. There is a pulse dye laser treatment that can zap those dilated blood vessels, and help to eradicate or at least minimize the appearance of spider veins.

    You'll need to visit your dermatologist for three months in a row to achieve the best results, but once they're gone, you'll be really glad you made that first appointment.

    Dr. Evans
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