Are you bothered by unsightly spider veins or varicose veins? This condition is extremely common, particularly among those who are overweight or older. You may wonder why spider veins form in the first place and what your spider veins treatment options are for this condition. Some good information will allow you to make a more informed decision about your next step.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Varicose veins are dysfunctional blood vessels that cannot properly perform their normal function of returning deoxygenated blood back to the heart for another trip around the body. When a vein is functioning properly, it has a one-way valve to keep blood flowing to the heart. For some reason, this valve can become dysfunctional and no longer prevent the backflow of blood into the blood vessel. This causes the twisted and distorted appearance of the varicose vein.
Spider veins are a smaller version of varicose veins that appear somewhat differently. Instead of the twisted, ropey appearance of varicose veins, spider veins present as a branched or spider web appearance. Instead of being colored blue or green like varicose veins, spider veins tend to be blue or purple in color. Like varicose veins, spider veins can occur in different parts of the body like the face or legs.
Sclerotherapy is a type of spider veins treatment that has been used for decades to safely remove these unsightly blood vessels. We use a special sclerosing solution that is injected into the problem vein, which irritates the vein walls. This leads to the eventual collapse of the spider vein’s walls and its eventual absorption by your body. Blood contained in the treated vein will now be taken up by nearby blood vessels.
Following your sclerotherapy procedure, you will be encouraged to walk some each day. Try to walk a little more each successive day after your treatment. This will help to improve your blood circulation and quicken your recovery.
We also offer the Nd:Yag laser treatment to specifically target problem veins. It may take up to three treatments to see significant improvement, but the results are long-lasting. The laser treatment also features a special cool-down device that helps to ensure your comfort during the procedure.