Even though they do not normally cause symptoms, if you have spider veins you are probably considering your treatment options. Spider veins are a smaller version of varicose veins that typically appear on the legs or face. Instead of the typical blue or green color, spider veins tend to be red or purple. Rather than being twisted in shape, spider veins are normally branched or weblike in appearance. No matter what they look like or what caused them, if you have spider veins, you will need some information about your spider veins treatment options.
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins. Veins are blood vessels that transport blood back to your heart after its travels throughout your body. Each vein has a one-way valve. When the vein is functioning properly, this valve will prevent blood from moving backwards. Varicose and spider veins have dysfunctional valves that cannot prevent blood from back-flowing into them, leading to their distorted appearance and abnormal function. Most spider veins do not cause symptoms, but their presence can be enough of a cosmetic concern to cause you to seek out some form of spider veins treatment.
Sclerotherapy is a spider veins treatment that has been in use for decades in the United States. It is a well-established practice, which means it is highly effective at removing spider veins. It works by destroying the walls of the dysfunctional vein, leading to its collapse and eventual absorption by your body. Blood contained within the destroyed vein will be taken up by nearby blood vessels that are healthy.
Laser Spider Veins Treatment
The Nd:Yag laser is a more modern spider veins treatment with the same goal as sclerotherapy. We cause the collapse of the dysfunctional vein by transmitting laser energy into its walls. As with sclerotherapy, the spider vein is absorbed by your body and its blood rerouted using blood vessels with a normal function.
After your laser procedure, you will be encouraged to walk some to help with blood circulation in your treated leg. You will also need to walk some each day. While you are recovering, avoid vigorous physical exercise or hot showers that could dilate your blood vessels.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you would like to explore your spider veins treatment options further, we encourage you to visit DermaNuva Skin & Health Care to begin the process of enhancing your appearance by removing spider veins. We are conveniently located in Olds, Alberta. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!