Spider veins. Most people have them, and most people hate them. Usually presenting themselves on the face or legs, these small veins named for their web-like appearance range from red to purple in color. Although spider veins are generally harmless, they can be unattractive and embarrassing. Treatments are available to reduce the occurrence of these veins, typically requiring little to no downtime. From laser vein therapy to an injectable procedure known as Sclerotherapy, an experienced physician can usually obliterate problem areas in as little as 1 to 2 treatments.
Sclerotherapy is typically the most effective and the most common method of treating spider veins on the legs. The treatment is a minor procedure done in-office, without any anesthesia. Your expert provider will begin by injecting a medical-grade liquid directly into the blood vessel, causing it to microscopically seal shut. Within a few weeks, the treated areas will be free of any fine red or purple lines. Depending on one’s tolerance, most patients experience little or mild discomfort during the procedure. Multiple treatments may be necessary for someone with an abundance of spider veins. Depending on your lifestyle, genetics, and overall health, most of the treated veins will be eliminated.
Another effective treatment to remove visible spider veins is laser vein therapy. Unlike an injectable treatment, laser vein therapy has the ability to safely and effectively fade away spider veins from the face. While sclerotherapy is the standard for removing these veins from the legs, a provider may recommend a type of laser treatment, such as photo-rejuvenation or other vascular lasers, depending on the patient’s unique medical history. The device used for this specific treatment precisely targets the red color of the blood vessels. A powerful beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by the unwanted spider veins. This produces a similar effect as sclerotherapy and leaves no damage to the surrounding tissue. With laser vein therapy, the entire treatment can be completed in as little as 30 minutes, with most patients reporting little to no discomfort. Typically, normal activities can be resumed immediately, and a certified laser technician can make customized post-procedure recommendations to ensure optimal results.
For those that are bothered by the presence of spider veins on the face and legs, comfortable and effective options are readily available. A comprehensive evaluation of the skin type and presenting condition by an expert provider will ensure maximum safety and results! Though these veins are typically asymptomatic, you are likely to be spider vein-free by utilizing one of these safe, effective treatments.