Veins carry deoxygenated blood, and so they appear dark and blue.
In general, when the superficial veins fill with deoxygenated blood they appear dark blue and are visible through the skin. There are two highly common conditions associated with blue veins – varicose and spider veins. The appearance of blue veins can have a negative impact on your body image and if they develop into varicose veins, can lead to more serious health complications.
Varicose and spider veins are caused by increased pressure in the vein.
Both of these conditions occur on the legs and are associated with increased venous pressure. The increased pressure causes valves to fail and the varicose veins to fill with blood. Once this happens, the blood can pool and become stagnate, causing the varicose veins to become large, distended and appear blue. Varicose veins may appear anywhere on the leg but are more prominent in the thigh. Spider veins also contain deoxygenated blood and usually occur in the upper thigh area and face. Varicose veins aren’t simply a cosmetic issue, they can cause more serious health problems such as blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, which can be painful and potentially life-threatening. This is why it is vitally important that varicose veins are treated as soon as possible.
At Sunshine Vein Clinic, we have a range of non-surgical, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments to reduce the appearance of these vein disorders.
These treatments include:
- Microsclerotherapy – This involves injecting a solution into the vein which injures the lining and triggers a natural healing process to reduce and fade its appearance.
- Vein Gogh Thermolysis – This revolutionary technology gently heats the vein and causes it to dramatically reduce in size and appearance. Our clinic on the Sunshine Coast is the sole provider of the Vein Gogh system in Queensland.
- Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy – This technique uses special ultrasound equipment to guide injections of sclerosant, which closes the abnormal varicose vein by washing away the lining of the vein allowing the two walls to stick together.
- Endovenous Laser Treatment – This treatment administers pulses of light into the vein and damages the walls, which causes the vein to collapse and seal shut.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy – This procedure, which is performed under local anaesthetic, involves minor key-hole incisions being made in the skin alongside the vein so that the vein can be successfully extracted.