Spider veins are common, affecting millions of people all around the country. Below is some information to help you understand this condition and compare your treatment options.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are abnormal veins that develop most commonly on the hands, legs and chest. However, these veins can develop in any location. They usually appear in web-like formations, and they may be blue, red or purple in color. Although spider veins are less likely to cause additional symptoms than varicose veins, some people with spider veins may experience burning, tingling, cramping, weakness and restlessness. Additional symptoms are more likely to occur when abnormal veins develop in the legs.
Spider Vein Treatment Options
If you are diagnosed with spider veins, treatment options are available to help you eliminate the appearance of these veins and deal with any associated symptoms. Some of these treatment options include:
- Transdermal Laser Treatment – Transdermal laser treatment, which may also be referred to as “pulsed light therapy,” is a non-invasive treatment designed for people with superficial spider veins. This treatment works by directing pulsating laser energy at the abnormal veins through the skin’s surface. This energy heats the veins and causes them to collapse.
- Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy is a treatment option that can be used to address spider veins and small varicose veins. During a sclerotherapy procedure, a vascular surgeon uses a thin needle to administer a special solution to the interior of the spider vein. This solution irritates the walls of the vein, causing them to swell and stick together. Over time, the vein will fade from view. Sclerotherapy is appropriate for spider veins that are too large or too deep to be treated with transdermal laser treatment.
Both of these treatments can be performed in the comfort of your vein doctor’s office, and the risk of complications in minimal. Regardless of the treatment option you choose, you should be able to return to your normal activities almost immediately after the procedure is complete.
How Do I Choose a Treatment Option?
If you think you may have spider veins, the first step is to make an appointment with an experienced vein doctor. Your vein doctor will evaluate your veins and provide you with an accurate diagnosis. This physician will also be able to help you decide on the best treatment protocol for your veins. To learn more, please call the professionals at Metro Vein Centers today.