Leg veins

How to reduce the appearance of varicose veins

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What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins (otherwise known as spider veins) appear most commonly on the legs. They're the result of swollen, twisted blood vessels. Most often, they can make people feel unhappy about their appearance. Other times, spider veins can lead to aching legs and skin irritation.

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How did I get spider veins on my legs?

Sometimes, the veins in your legs can appear more prominent than what is considered 'normal'. This is most commonly linked to your genetic history. However, sometimes a change in oestrogen levels can influence the development of spider veins.

Other factors which can increase the risk of developing varicose veins are:

  • Standing or sitting still for long periods
  • Being immobile for long periods
  • Lack of exercise

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We can help heal the appearance of varicose veins

When you come in for your initial consultation, we'll assess the appearance of your varicose veins. If we find the veins will be easy to treat with our Vbeam Prima laser, we'll create a customised treatment plan.

However, when the veins are larger, and more widespread, we'll refer you to Vein Solutions Medical Clinic, just next door to our Kew clinic. Once there, they will perform an ultrasound to get a diagnosis of your condition, and the appropriate treatment for that condition.

How we treat spider leg veins

When your veins are raised, swollen, or protruding, then they are classified as varicose veins. Meanwhile, spider veins are smaller red, purple, and blue blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. They don't protrude, but they are visible.

Does treating varicose veins improve circulation?

Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body. Veins then return the blood to the heart and lungs, where oxygen is released into your bloodstream. It's all recirculated again.

When you have varicose veins, blood pools there instead of returning to the central circulation. This pooling of the blood produces increased pressure in the veins and causes pain and discomfort. Treating varicose veins can minimise the blood pooling and restore circulation.

Will spider veins go away on their own?

Depending on the severity of your condition, spider veins can go away on their own. But, more often than not, treatment is required.

Are bulging veins dangerous?

In severe cases, yes. Other than causing pain and discomfort, the condition can progress into a deep vein clot known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT is dangerous because part of the clot can break off and travel to your lungs, causes a blockage known as a pulmonary embolism.


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At Victorian Dermal Group, we're focused on results. We're passionate about skin care solutions and continually research the leading industry-standard techniques to treat spider veins.

We're not afraid to admit when we don't know something, either. That's why we've partnered with dermatologists, GPs, and practices like Vein Solutions Medical Clinic. If we can't help you, we'll refer you to someone who can.

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We've reduced, and prevented, varicose veins and spider leg veins in many of our clients. See the results.

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How we treat spider leg veins

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Step 1

Initial assessment

When you arrive at our clinic in Kew, we'll conduct an assessment. We'll ask you to fill out your medical history, and answer some questions about your general lifestyle. Then, we'll sit down in a consultation room and discuss your concerns.

When you leave, you'll have a comprehensive treatment plan outlining the treatment services you'll need, how to prepare for them, and how often you'll need them.

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Step 2

How we'll perform the treatment

Depending on the abnormality of your leg veins, we'll either perform a treatment with one of our lasers, or refer you to our affiliated partner clinic — Veins Solutions Medical Clinic. The clinic uses the latest medical-grade technology to perform results-driven treatments for abnormal leg veins.

Step 3

How to prepare for your appointment

If you're visiting us at our clinic in Kew, you'll need to prepare for your laser treatment. For one month prior to your treatment, avoid sun exposure where possible. Pigmentation in the skin makes it harder for the laser light to reach it's target. You should also avoid taking aspirin for one week prior to your appointment date.

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Step 4

How to care for your legs post-treatment

Apply a cool pack or compress to the treated area, and take a painkiller (but avoid aspirin — this can make the bruising worse). You may experience redness, swelling, and bruising after the treatment — this is completely normal.

Your legs should return to normal within 7-10 days of the original treatment. If you have any concerns, contact us on [phone] and our friendly staff can help you.


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