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VARICOSE and SPIDER VEIN EDUCATION

What are varicose and spider veins?
Varicose veins are dilated vessels that become enlarged because of a weakness in the wall of the vein. They are most common in the legs and thighs. Spider vein refers to smaller varicose veins that usually appear in patches close to the skin.

Why do people develop these abnormal veins?
About one half of the population develops them, and mostly women are affected. The exact cause is often uncertain, however, there are some risk factors that include: heredity, pregnancy, hormones, injuries, prolonged standing or sitting, and aging.

What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a non surgical procedure used to remove spider and varicose veins. A medication is injected into the diseased vein. This causes irritation to the walls of the vein, closing the vein off. With deeper veins, ultrasound can be used to guide the needle into the vein, allowing precise and safe treatment with excellent cosmetic results.

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