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Common spider vein myths you might not know are false

Common spider vein myths you might not know are false


Spider veins are not uncommon

A large proportion of men and women from all over the world have spider veins on one or more parts of their body.

Despite this, many of us still harbour misconceptions as to how and why spider veins are formed, not to mention how they can be treated. Here are some of the common misconceptions people have surrounding spider veins:

MYTH #1: Australians don’t seek treatment for spider veins

In nations such as Australia, up to a third of women and a tenth of men seek help with venous-related symptoms and problems regarding the legs. It’s a common problem, and people are seeking assistance for it every day.

MYTH #2: Spider veins are an inevitable part of ageing

As you get older, your veins are affected by time and gravity. Some people might find that their parents and grandparents had spider veins. This means that you might experience more prominent spider veins as you age. What it doesn’t mean is that you have to live with it. You can do something about it, as you can treat it.

MYTH #3: Spider veins are always harmless

Most of the time spider veins are harmless and are just an aesthetic concern. However, they can also be a symptom of a more serious venous disease, which is why consulting a vascular specialist is always recommended. Even if they are not dangerous, spider veins can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as swelling, cramping, pain, and feelings of heaviness.

MYTH #4: Removing spider veins involves surgery

The most commonly recommended method of removing spider veins is by sclerotherapy, which is when the veins are injected with a fine needle, causing them to gradually become less visible as the treatment takes effect. It is done in the doctor’s rooms and patients can return to work following treatment. There is no downtime with injection sclerotherapy.

MYTH #5: Treating spider veins is expensive

The cost of treatment to remove spider veins is moderate and partly covered by Medicare. It is a simple and cost-effective solution. There are many practices in Melbourne that can offer advice on treating spider veins, however not by a vascular surgeon.

North Western Vascular’s team are experienced in dealing with spider veins, with over 20 years of experience. Contact us today to organise a consultation for advice on the best treatment for spider veins. Please click here.