If you have spider veins on your face, hands, chest or legs, you may deal with embarrassment and even discomfort. Luckily, several treatment options are available for people with this condition. One of these options is transdermal laser treatment. Below is some information to help you decide whether transdermal laser treatment is the right option for you.
About Spider Veins
Spider veins are small, twisted veins that can appear in many locations on the body. They are usually small and may be bluish, purplish or reddish in color. Spider veins are rarely raised above the skin’s surface.
What is Transdermal Laser Treatment?
Transdermal laser treatment is a treatment method used specifically for spider veins. It utilizes light energy to heat spider veins from outside of the skin. This heat forces the treated veins to close off, and blood is then directed elsewhere. Eventually the veins dissolve and the body absorbs them. Although the treated veins will not reappear, additional treatments may be necessary if new spider veins develop.
Alternatives to Transdermal Laser Treatment
People with spider veins may be able to resolve their condition through at-home treatment in some cases. Some of the strategies that may prove effective include weight loss and regular exercise. For spider veins in the legs, compression stockings and elevation may also be helpful. People with spider veins may also elect to undergo sclerotherapy, which is a procedure that involves injecting the abnormal veins with a special solution. While at-home treatments are more conservative than transdermal laser treatment, sclerotherapy is more aggressive than transdermal laser treatment.
How Do I Learn More?
If you are interested in learning more about transdermal laser treatment or any of the other treatment options available for spider veins, please give Metro Vein Centers a call at our Sugar Land location. We will be happy to meet with you and help you decide on the most appropriate treatment for your condition.