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Get rid of unsightly spider veins!

Spider veins are similar to and often associated with underlying varicose veins, but there are some major differences. Spider veins are smaller in size, beginning as tiny red capillaries that lie close to the surface of the skin and are easily visible. Spider veins are most commonly found on the thighs, calves, ankles or face, where they often become a cosmetic concern. They can also cause physical symptoms ranging from aching, heaviness and itchiness to night cramps.

 

Not all spider veins require treatment, particularly if they are not causing pain or other physical symptoms. However, some people decide to have them removed for cosmetic reasons, and treating these veins early could prevent worsening symptoms associated with venous reflux disease.

 

Lasers and Light

Lasers and intense pulsed light devices selectively damage or permanently destroy abnormal veins with intense heat energy and are used to treat small spider veins where a needle cannot be used. Bruising of the treatment site is normal and can last for a few weeks.

 

Laser treatment of spider veins

During laser treatment, a laser is applied to the skin over your spider veins. Laser energy causes your spider veins to coagulate and shrink. Laser therapy is most effective for small and medium size spider veins.  You are likely to experience mild discomfort similar to having a small rubber band snapping against skin. Treatments usually do not require sedatives, pain medications, or injections of local anesthetic. Immediately following treatment, spider veins will be darker and more visible. Over two to eight weeks, your spider veins usually fade.  After each treatment, you will see a 70% to 80% improvement in the appearance of face spider veins and 30-40% improvement in leg spider veins. An average of three treatments will be required at three-month intervals to produce desired results.

 

Spider Veins of the Face

A patient with spider veins in the face will usually choose to have laser therapy rather than sclerotherapy. Laser treatment may cause minor bruising that usually improves within a week, but often, recovery is immediate. Two to four treatments may be required to achieve your desired result. Immediately following treatment, you may apply makeup for a presentable appearance.

Sclerotherapy

Surface spider veins may be a symptom of poor health in deeper veins. Spider veins and blue veins that are in poor health may be treated with sclerotherapy. This technique involves injection of a sclerosing agent, sotradecol or asclera, to close off the veins. An insulin syringe sized needle is used to inject the solution into the vein. Cotton is taped over the vein so that the pressure encourages the body to produce new vessels rather than heal the ones that aren’t working well. Pantyhose style 15-20 mm Hg compression hose are used to provide further support. The morning after the treatment, all cotton balls may be removed. You simply wear the hose while upright for one week. Avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs for two days before your treatment. Bring shorts and your compression hose with you. Avoid applying lotion to the legs the day of your appointment. Plan your appointment for a time when you can walk 15-20 minutes after we finish. Walking 15 minutes daily places a demand on the vasculature that helps your body produce new healthy vessels. It typically takes only three treatments spaced at a month apart to dramatically improve your vein health.