Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels lying near the surface of your skin. While spider veins are usually harmless, they can sometimes cause burning, aching or even pain, especially after you havebeen standing for a long time.
Spider veins look like thin red, blue or purple lines and can sometimes resemble a spider’s web, hence the name. Spider veins usually appear on the thighs, calves, and ankles, although they can show up anywhere on your body – including on your face.
Some people are more likely to develop spider veins than are others. Women are more likely to develop spider veins than are men, according to Cleveland Clinic. Other factors that increase the risk for developing spider veins include:
- Hormonal shifts
- Activities or occupations requiring require prolonged sitting or standing
- Fluctuations in weight
Tampa Vein Treatment for Spider Veins
Our Tampa vein clinic provides safe and effective treatment for spider veins, but spider vein treatment is not right for everyone. Spider vein treatment may be right for you if are bothered by spider veins anywhere on your body, are committed to following the treatment course as prescribed by vascular surgeons, and have a positive and realistic treatment goals.
Your doctor will perform a thorough evaluation of your spider veins while you are standing. Your surgeon may ask that you undergo an ultrasound scan to check the blood flow in other veins lying near the surface of your skin. The surgeon will then prescribe a course of treatment based on the severity of your spider veins and the health of nearby veins. Tampa vein treatment for spider veins usually includes sclerotherapy or transdermal laser treatments.
During sclerotherapy, your Florida vein doctor will inject a sclerosant solution that closes down the affected vein. Your body then reabsorbs the closed vein and reroutes blood through nearby healthy veins.
In some cases, vascular surgeons will perform an ultrasound to map the veins before beginning sclerotherapy. Sometimes your doctor will use foamed sclerosant solutions to treat larger veins, since the foam can expand more and treat larger areas than can the regular sclerosant. Stubborn spider veins may require more than one treatment.
Transdermal Laser Treatment
Some Tampa vein treatment centers offer transdermal laser treatment, also known as pulsed light therapy, to close spider veins. As with sclerotherapy, the body absorbs the dissolved vein and reroutes blood flow.
If spider veins are ruining the smooth, healthy appearance of your skin, make an appointment with a Tampa vein clinic. You do not have to live with spider veins anymore.