Blue Vein Removal
at Woodbury Dental and Laser Clinic in Kent
Blue veins can be visible in different parts of the body, especially if the individual has pale skin. Blue veins can be classified according to their size: enlarged blue veins are called varicose veins, while small blue veins are called spider veins. Blue veins may be seen on the legs and thighs, but they may also be visible on the face and the neck areas.
As the veins carry deoxygenated blood, they can appear blue and dark. The superficial veins in the arm can appear blue because they carry deoxygenated blood. In general, when the superficial veins get engorged with deoxygenated blood they appear dark blue and are visible through the skin.
Possible Causes of Blue Veins
Genetics – People who have relatives or family members who have blue veins are more prone to have blue vein problems as well. It is believed that genetics play a key role in the development of blue veins.
Obesity – Excessive weight can cause problems in blood circulation, and can cause veins to become abnormally enlarged. Blue veins are more visible on people who are obese, or who are overweight.
Blood Clotting Problems – Problems in blood clotting can also cause the development of blue veins.
Birth Control Pills Intake – It is believed that the intake of birth control pills can cause problems involving the veins, including blue vein conditions.
Laser Treatment for Blue Veins
Laser treatments provide the best treatments possible for blue veins. Laser vein removal is a quick, effective, and non-invasive way to treat the appearance of superficial blue veins. A laser treatment for varicose veins involves targeting the wavelength of light to the pigment in the blood. The light energy is absorbed by the lining of the blood vessels, and by the blood within the blood vessels. The laser heats up the small vein and works to damage it, so that in a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and eventually disappears. The advanced laser treatments allow the delivery of a precise dosage of energy to each blood vessel.
Other Treatment Options for Blue Veins
Sclerotherapy – This procedure involves the injection of small- and medium-sized varicose veins with a solution that will scar and close those veins. In a few weeks, treated varicose veins are expected to fade. Sclerotherapy doesn’t require the administration of an anaesthetic.
Endoscopic vein surgery – This operation may only be needed in cases involving leg ulcers. The surgeon inserts a thin video camera into the leg to visualize and close varicose veins; the veins will then be removed using a series of small incisions.
Vein stripping – This procedure involves removing a long vein through a series of small incisions. The removal of the vein will not affect the circulation on the leg because veins that are located deeper in the leg can take on the responsibility of the circulation of larger volumes of blood.
Catheter-assisted procedures – This procedure is usually performed by the insertion of a thin tube (catheter) into an enlarged vein; the tip of the catheter will then be heated. As the catheter is pulled out, the heat will work on destroying vein by causing it to collapse and seal shut. This procedure is normally used for larger varicose veins.
Ambulatory phlebectomy – This procedure is performed by removing smaller varicose veins through a series of tiny skin punctures. Only the parts of the leg that are being pricked will be numbed with this particular procedure.