Spider veins are one of many telltale signs of aging. At Premier Vein Clinic in Westlake, Ohio, board-certified vascular surgeon David Naar, MD, uses advanced methods like sclerotherapy and thermal ablations therapy to clear your skin of the tiny webbed veins that can appear on its surface. To find out more about the causes behind spider veins and the available treatments for them, call Premier Vein Clinic, or book an appointment online today.
Spider veins are tiny blood vessels visible on your skin’s surface. They can be red, blue, indigo, or purple. Their thin, twisted, and interconnected appearance can sometimes make them look like spider webs, hence the name.
The most common areas to develop spider veins are on your legs or your face. Since these two areas are often exposed, you might feel self-conscious about their visibility. While there’s usually no medical reason to target specific spider veins with treatment, many people want to remove or reduce them to make their skin look clearer.
At Premier Vein Clinic, Dr. Naar can assess you for underlying vascular issues that can cause spider veins. He can also provide treatment for the spider veins themselves to clear them from your skin’s surface.
Spider veins usually do not cause any pain, but some can become increasingly uncomfortable and tender with time. You should let Dr. Naar know if you experience any itching or discomfort associated with your spider veins.
The cause of spider veins often depends on their location. Spider veins on your legs often appear because your leg veins must work against gravity to return the blood back to your heart. To do so, they contain valves that open and close to carry blood upward.
If these valves malfunction or become weak, blood can remain in the veins and cause them to expand until you can see them on your skin’s surface. Other factors that can contribute to spider veins are:
Spider veins in your face do not appear because of valve issues. Typically, they appear when tiny capillaries near your skin burst due to high pressure or sun damage.
At Premier Vein Clinic, Dr. Naar offers several effective treatment options to remove your spider veins. Before you begin, he asks about your spider veins, examines them, and reviews your medical history. He may also ask additional questions like if you’re afraid of needles or sensitive to certain medications. The two most prominent available treatments for spider veins are:
Dr. Naar typically recommends sclerotherapy first because it is the most effective treatment for spider veins. During this in-office procedure, he cleans your skin before injecting a chemical solution directly into the spider vein. The chemical causes the vein to constrict, close, and eventually dissolve.
Cutaneous laser has been used to treat spider veins. The result is disappointing when used in the legs. Sclerotherapy is by far superior with better long-term outcomes. Cutaneous laser might have a role for spider veins in the face where gravity is not an issue.