If you have spider veins, you’re probably self-conscious about the clusters of thin, blue and red lines on the surface of your skin. It’s time to explore the procedures that can help to erase your spider veins. Each of these spider vein removal procedures is quick, requires little to no downtime and results in clearer skin and increased confidence in your appearance.
Spider veins get their name from the web-like patterns of blood vessels that emerge on the surface of the skin. Varicose veins and spider veins occur when the vein becomes damaged and blood that would normally be pumped to the heart flows the other way and gathers in the vein. The accumulated blood puts pressure on the walls of the veins, which causes the veins to become visible on the surface of the skin. Most spider veins are harmless, primarily causing concern to people because of how they frequently appear in more visible areas, like on the face or the legs. Occasionally, spider veins can cause discomfort, such as pain or itching caused by the pressure on the veins.
There are a variety of factors that contribute to spider vein formation. One is genetics -- if someone in your family has spider veins, you are more likely to get them too. Another is age -- as you get older, you are more prone to developing spider veins. Many women experience spider veins during pregnancy and other times of hormonal changes, like menopause. Others who are more likely to have spider veins are people who are obese, individuals who sit or stand a lot, people who have a lot of sun exposure, and those who suffer from rosacea.
Sclerotherapy for spider veins is a relatively quick, outpatient procedure that doesn’t necessitate anesthesia. After two sessions, your treated spider veins will usually disappear permanently, although it is always possible that new ones could form. In sclerotherapy, the doctor injects a substance that closes off the veins. The blood can then find healthier veins, while the treated veins die off and vanish within a few weeks. You may experience some swelling and bruising after the treatments, but this discomfort will disappear quickly. You can return to your daily activities immediately following the treatment. Sclerotherapy is an effective spider vein treatment for all skin types and tones and is recommended for spider veins that are too large to be successfully treated by a laser.
Laser therapy causes spider veins to fade by directing a strong light beam on the surface of your skin where the spider veins have formed. Much like sclerotherapy, the laser seals off the veins, causing them to disappear. Small spider veins can vanish completely after one treatment, while larger ones may need two or three treatments and take one or two months to fade away. The benefits of laser spider vein removal include that it is noninvasive and requires little to no downtime.
EVLT is used to treat spider veins and small varicose veins. During the procedure, the dermatologist numbs the area and then inserts a small, laser-enhanced fiber into the veins. The light from the laser closes off the veins, causing the blood to re-route in other veins. The veins will start to fade after several months, often completely disappearing in a year’s time. There is no downtime for EVLT, although you may experience some discomfort and bruising in the treated area.
Your doctor will probably recommend some at-home treatments you can do in addition to treatments done at the doctor’s office. These actions can help improve your circulation and increase the likelihood of new spider veins appearing. Your dermatologist will recommend that you wear compression socks after any of the non-invasive vein treatments. You can also continue to wear them, benefiting from the gentle squeezing they give, helping your blood move more productively. If you sit for long periods of time, get up and move around every 30 minutes. And if you have to stand for a while, take a break and rest every 30 minutes. Dermatologists also recommend exercising and losing weight, elevating your legs while resting and avoiding long, soaking baths.
Call Vanguard Dermatology in the greater New York City area to schedule your appointment with a board-certified dermatologist. The doctors at Vanguard can advise you on the best treatment for your spider veins and skilfully provide the recommended treatments.