Prevention and Treatment of Spider Veins
Do you already have spider veins on your ankles, legs, face or elsewhere on your body, or are you worried that you will develop these unsightly veins? You are not alone – the Office on Women’s Health says that about 50 to 55 percent of women and 45 to 45 percent of men in the United States have some type of vein problem, such as spider veins.
Spider veins most commonly appear on the lower legs, ankles, and face but they can develop anywhere. The main characteristic of spider veins is the appearance of tiny red, blue or purple squiggly lines. Spider veins can also cause aching and itching.
Prevention of Spider Veins
Certain risk factors increase your chances of developing spider veins. You can control some risk factors but not others.
The risk factors you cannot control include advancing age, a medical history of weak veins, a family history of spider veins or varicose veins, and hormonal changes associated with puberty, menopause and pregnancy. Taking birth control pills or other medications containing certain hormones can increase the likelihood of developing varicose veins.
You can control other risk factors, however, to reduce your chances of developing these unappealing veins. Maintain a healthy weight, for example, as obesity increases your risk of vein disease. Lead an active lifestyle; sitting or standing for a long time forces your veins to work harder. Avoid exposure to sunlight, as sun exposure can lead to the development of visible veins on your cheeks or nose, especially if you have fair skin.
Treatment of Spider Veins
If you do develop spider veins, your Florida vein doctor can provide safe and effective treatment of spider veins to reduce the appearance of these unsightly veins. They perform vein treatment in outpatient vein clinics, so treatment does not require an overnight stay in a hospital.
Vein doctors treat spider veins with sclerotherapy and transdermal laser treatment. Each of these treatments aims to irritate affected veins; the irritation causes the vein to close. Your body routes blood through other blood vessels. In time the treated veins breaks apart. Nearby tissue absorbs the remnants of the treated vein, leaving behind clear skin.
Sclerotherapy involves the use of a chemical irritant, known as a sclerosant. Your vein doctor injects the sclerosant into your skin with a very thin needle. The walls of the treated vein stick together and close completely. Your doctor may use ultrasound to guide placement of the needle. Sclerotherapy takes only about 10 minutes.
Transdermal laser treatment uses the power of light energy to irritate, close and disable spider veins. As with sclerotherapy, the treated veins break apart and is absorbed by the body.
Work hard to avoid developing spider veins by staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and staying out of the sun. If you do develop spider veins, talk to the vein doctors at United Vein Centers. Sclerotherapy and transdermal laser treatment are safe and effective therapies for spider veins.