Eliminate Bothersome Spider Veins with These Effective Nonsurgical Treatments
Submitted by Dr. Joyesh Raj on Wed 12/20/2023 - 09:00
Spider veins are thin blood vessels that appear just beneath the surface of the skin as clusters of red, blue, or purple lines. They are often found on the legs but can also show up on other visible areas of the body, such as the face. While spider veins do not typically pose a medical threat, they can be a source of insecurity among patients. Dr. Raj understands the distress this condition can cause, which is why he offers spider vein treatment to reduce the appearance of the veins, leaving patients with more even skin. Learn more about these treatments below.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins develop when the superficial blood vessels in the skin weaken and expand. There are several risk factors for spider veins, including:
Family history: You are likely to develop spider veins if the condition runs in your family.
BMI: Excess weight can put extra pressure on the veins, effectively weakening them.
Sedentary lifestyle: Sitting or standing for long periods of time can cause spider veins to form due to prolonged pressure being placed on the legs and other areas vulnerable to spider veins.
Age: As we age, the likelihood of developing spider veins increases as the veins lose elasticity over time.
Dr. Raj performs sclerotherapy to improve the appearance of spider veins. The treatment involves Dr. Raj injecting a special solution directly into the veins. This solution causes the veins to fade away within a few weeks, and smaller veins may fade away almost immediately. The treatment can take as few as 30 minutes and there is no downtime; in fact, you will be able to drive yourself home and resume your daily activities right away.
Laser Vein Treatment
Laser vein treatment is another option available to patients with spider veins. During the treatment, a laser directs pulses of light to the spider vein to destroy it without harming or damaging the skin. As with sclerotherapy, small veins may disappear right after treatment. Depending on your unique case, Dr. Raj may recommend a series of laser sessions for you to get the full results of this treatment. Patients can expect laser vein treatment to take 30 to 60 minutes, and Dr. Raj will provide you with care instructions, including activities to avoid.
Eliminate Your Spider Veins
Spider veins can detract from your appearance; fortunately, you do not have to live with them. If you are ready to eliminate your spider veins, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.