Generally, unsightly veins appear mostly on the legs and thighs, but in some cases, sufferers will get them on their chests or the trunk of their bodies. Unattractive wherever they appear, blue chest and trunk veins can cause quality of life issues due to embarrassment or can sometimes be symptoms of life-threatening diseases. Fortunately, today’s technology allows us to rid or lessen blue veins visible on chest or trunk. For more serious health issues, starting treatment programs can be lifesaving.
Spider Veins on the Chest & Trunk
Spider veins on the chest are most likely related to damage caused by too much sun exposure and are relatively simple to treat with sclerotherapy for larger veins. Sclerotherapy is a procedure in which the physician injects a sclerosant into the dilated veins with a needle so tiny most people will not feel it, but may feel a mild burning sensation. The sclerosant will cause the vein to close and the vein will not be as apparent.
Spider veins on the chest can also be attributed to female hormones, steroid hormones, or can be a sign the patient is suffering from liver disease, Cushing’s syndrome, or other systemic diseases, so diagnosis by a physician is of utmost importance. Smaller veins visible on the chest are best treated with laser, IPL or radiofrequency equipment which are quicker methods that provide almost instantaneous results.
Varicose Veins on the Chest & Trunk
Varicose veins on the chest and trunk appear both on men and women, but are often caused by pregnancy in women and are relatively benign. They are also linked to the life-threatening vein disease deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or cirrhosis of the liver, a disease attributed to alcoholism, however, so physician diagnosis is always recommended. Unlike their counterpart spider veins, varicose veins can be extremely painful, leading to an increased desire for treatment. Caused by blood backing up in the veins, earlier methods of treatment were almost more painful than the veins themselves, involving surgery under a general anesthetic with long incisions and even longer recovery times. Today’s treatment options are usually performed under local anesthetic with much less pain and use lasers to break down the vein with only local anesthesia and resulting in minor bruises. Sclerotherapy is also used to treat varicose veins when varicose veins appear on the chest.
Treatable Conditions of Veins Visible on Chest
Both types of veins can be easily treated when examined and diagnosed by a knowledgeable physician and are also excellent diagnostic tools for diseases the patient may not have previously realized he or she has. The treatments spoken about here are just a sampling of what’s available; it’s worth discussing with your doctor about all the options, including natural remedies that may help as well.
Before and after vein treatment results often showcase dramatic improvement as legs and leg veins that were once overtaken by bulging, blue leg veins have been transformed into much smoother, younger-looking legs. In seeking your own before and after vein treatment results, the best choice you can make is to contact Dr. Seiger at the Skin and Vein Center. He can advise you on the proper procedure to consider for treating your spider veins or varicose veins disease properly and effectively. Contact us today for vein consultation!