- 1 What Are Spider Veins?
- 2 What Causes Spider Veins?
- 3 Treatment Options for Spider Veins
- 4 Before and After Photos
- 5 Benefits of Spider Vein Treatments
- 6 Candidates for Spider Vein Treatments
- 7 Personal Consultation
- 8 Preparation
- 9 Procedure
- 10 Recovery
- 11 Results
- 12 Complementary Procedures
- 13 FAQ
- 14 References
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are a condition where tiny blood vessels enlarge, causing stringy reddish and purple lines on the skin. This patterning happens over time and in patches. It’s also known as telangiectasia, but it is usually referred to as spider veins due to its web-like appearance. Spider veins can happen to anyone and occur anywhere on the body, but they are typically found on the legs and face.
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What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins are caused by dysfunctional delicate valves in the feeder veins, resulting in the blood flowing backward instead of upwards towards the heart. The backed-up blood is what causes the veins to become non-functional, enlarged, and visible. This is what is known as venous reflux. Spider veins materialize underneath the skin through several factors such as body weight, pressure, and gravity.
Other factors to consider are:
- Weight gain
- Long periods of inactivity
- Prolonged standing
- Extended sun and UV exposure
- Hormonal changes
Treatment Options for Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure where medicine is injected into the blood vessels, which causes them to shrink and eventually disappear. Sclerotherapy is a frequently used, low-risk, and highly successful method to treat venous problems. Sclerotherapy is often considered to be the first-line treatment and The Gold Standard for spider veins on the legs.
Cutaneous laser for spider veins is a treatment in which a laser, set to a specific wavelength to target the coloration of the skin, emits a pulse of light that penetrates the skin’s outer layer and gets absorbed by the underlying veins. The light energy turns to heat, which coagulates the blood, causing the vein to collapse on itself, eventually getting absorbed by the body and disappearing.
The laser is a relative newcomer to the treatment of lower extremity spider veins. Many studies have shown that doctors can achieve safe and efficacious treatment of superficial leg vessels with lasers.
Before and After Photos
Benefits of Spider Vein Treatments
Not having to worry about your appearance can leave you feeling happier and more secure.
People with spider veins tend to cover themselves in layers of clothing, even during the summer. Vein treatments give patients the confidence to wear their shorts and swimsuits.
By feeling more secure in their looks, patients begin going to the gym more, engaging in sports and other outdoor physical activities following their vein treatments.
Less Skin Irritation
Spider veins cause congested blood flow to the skin, resulting in thick, itchy, brown-looking skin and rashes. Vein treatments will take care of that.
Candidates for Spider Vein Treatments
The ideal candidate for spider vein treatments is somebody who is insecure about the sight of their spider veins. Pregnant women should avoid sclerotherapy.
At Premier Vein Clinic, Dr. Naar can assess you for underlying vascular issues that can cause spider veins. During your consultation, he can provide a treatment plan for your spider veins to clear them from the surface of your skin.
During your consultation, he will ask about your spider veins, examine them, and review your medical history. He may also inquire about additional concerns like whether you are sensitive to certain medications.
For both sclerotherapy and laser treatments, you will want to avoid taking Aspirin and other blood-thinning drugs as well as smoking and drinking because they can increase and impair bleeding.
You will also want to avoid shaving or applying any lotion to your legs and wear relaxed-fit clothing to your appointment. If your treatment targets spider veins on your legs, You may even want to wear shorts so that your legs are exposed.
This procedure involves injecting a solution called a sclerosant directly into the veins. The solution irritates the blood vessel’s lining, causing it to collapse. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that eventually fades from view.
Usually, you can return to work and daily activities without much restriction. You may want to avoid strenuous activity for two weeks following treatment to allow your legs time to heal. However, most patients resume normal activity immediately. Mild discomfort and bruising should resolve themselves within two to six weeks. You can use an ice pack and tylenol if you experience minor discomfort or itching.
The results of treatments are a noticeable reduction in your spider veins. If you undergo sclerotherapy, about fifty to seventy percent of the treated vessels will be permanently gone.
Varicose Vein Treatments
Varicose veins are engorged and often twisted or lumpy-looking veins that appear on the skin’s surface, typically on the legs. They can lead to health problems down the line if not appropriately addressed. Thankfully, the Premier Vein Clinic has just the right treatments for it.
Leg Cramp Treatments
Pain, swelling, numbness, or cramps in your legs can indicate vein and arterial issues. If you experience any of these symptoms frequently, you need to make an appointment.
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Spider veins are an ailment where tiny blood vessels enlarge, causing stringy reddish and purple lines on the skin.
Spider veins are caused by weak valves in the feeder veins, resulting in the blood flowing backward instead of upwards towards the heart.
Spider veins are not a serious health concern, but they can be uncomfortable in the legs.
Spider veins usually do not cause pain, but they can become increasingly uncomfortable and tender over time. Let Dr. Naar know if you experience any itching or discomfort.
* Varicose veins are darker and more dilated and can become a health problem if left unaddressed. They tend to bulge and become quite unsightly and cause severe skin damage. Spider veins are a significant cosmetic blemish and can cause unnecessary embarrassment.
* Spider veins are smaller and thinner bluish or reddish veins. They are virtually harmless and can show up in places like the legs, behind the knees, and on the face.
* Both ailments are caused by circulation issues. The main culprit is added pressure on the veins and blood vessels, which have to work harder to circulate blood through the body.
Unfortunately, cosmetic treatments, like sclerotherapy injections or laser therapy, for spider veins are not covered by insurance.
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure where medicine is injected into the blood vessels, which causes them to shrink.
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