Spider veins are not as serious as varicose veins, but they can be unsightly and uncomfortable. They are close to the surface, and are typically red or blue. They can resemble a spider’s web, which is where they got their name. The face and legs are where spider veins are seen most often, but they can appear anywhere on the body. Fortunately, there are options for reducing or eliminating them. With the right spider vein treatment, a patient can see clearer looking skin, and not have the discomfort of trying to hide their spider veins from others.
Sclerotherapy is Commonly Used for Spider Veins
One of the most commonly used treatments for spider veins is sclerotherapy. This involves the use of an injectable solution that forces the veins to close and shut down. The treatment takes only about 10 minutes for a session, and patients can generally resume most of their normal life activities nearly right away. The risk of infection is minimal, as is any pain or discomfort associated with the procedure.
For larger spider veins, a foamed solution can be used to allow for more expansion. Additionally, an ultrasound can be completed in order to map the veins, so that a more precise treatment plan can be created. This will raise the chances that sclerotherapy will be able to address all of the spider veins in a particular area of the body.
Spider Veins Can Be Treated With a Transdermal Laser
Another common way of reducing or eliminating spider veins is through transdermal laser treatment, which is also called pulsed light therapy. This laser light closes the veins, and once that takes place the veins are reabsorbed by the body. The procedure does not take long, and since it is non-invasive there is little to no pain or risk of problems. That makes the laser treatment of spider veins very safe, and allows patients to get back to living their life almost right away.
Both the laser treatment and sclerotherapy are effective, and working with a good vascular surgeon can help a patient choose which one of the treatment options will be the right choice. No matter which option is selected, spider veins can be successfully treated in the majority of cases, to restore the look of the skin and help improve the vascular system.