Spider veins can be embarrassing, but they are also incredibly common. If you are suffering from this condition, you may wonder whether there is anything you can do about it. Fortunately, several different treatment options are available to patients with spider veins. Below is some information to help you make the right choice.
Understanding Spider Veins
Spider veins are abnormal veins that typically appear in web-like formations on the face, chest, legs or other such locations. They are usually thin, and they may be blue, purple or red in color. In most cases, these veins are easily visible, but they are not raised above the skin’s surface.
Most people with spider veins don’t experience additional symptoms. However, if you have spider veins in your legs, you may notice discomfort, especially after standing or sitting for an extended period of time.
Two basic treatment options are available to people with spider veins: transdermal laser treatment and sclerotherapy.
Transdermal Laser Treatment
Transdermal laser treatment is a treatment option that utilizes light in the treatment of spider veins. During this procedure, the surgeon directs a beam of light at your spider veins from above the surface of the skin. This light heats the veins, causing them to close. They are then dissolved and absorbed.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure that involves the injection of a sclerosing solution into each of your abnormal veins. During the procedure, the surgeon may or may not use ultrasound technology to visualize your veins. Once the sclerosing solution has been administered, the walls of your veins will swell and stick together. Eventually, the body absorbs the vein and it will no longer be visible.
Which Treatment Option is Right for Me?
Choosing between the two available treatment options can be challenging. In general, transdermal laser treatment is most appropriate for small, superficial spider veins. Sclerotherapy, on the other hand, is appropriate for larger spider veins and even varicose veins. If you aren’t sure which of these procedures is best for you, consulting a vein doctor is highly recommended. Your vein surgeon will be able to examine your veins and recommend the procedure that is most likely to be effective.
If you are interested in learning more about spider vein treatment, please contact Metro Vein Centers today.