Spider veins are a common concern among patients today. This condition can arise when circulation to the veins is obstructed or when blood vessels in the face burst. Spider veins can cause cosmetic worries in patients of all ages. Thankfully, there are many treatment options available, including several non-surgical treatments, to remove spider veins.
What Are Spider Veins?
When small veins become damaged, you’ll notice spider veins starting to emerge. Also called thread veins, these injured veins are generally red, blue, or purple in color. Spider veins may appear as thin, branch-like lines on the skin, generally on the legs or face. Spider veins often arise in patients’ younger years, but can become visible at an older age as well.
Spider veins typically aren’t painful or detrimental to your health, but many people choose to remove them to resolve cosmetic concerns.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Spider Veins
There are many different treatment options available for the removal of spider veins. Here, we’ll explore the non-surgical options available to patients.
Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a sclerosing solution. When this injection is administered directly to the affected vein, it causes the vein to break down and eventually disintegrate. Over time, the appearance of the treated spider veins will fade.
During sclerotherapy, your doctor will magnify the treatment area and place it under a bright light to ensure accuracy as the injection is administered.
In laser therapy, a powerful light beam is pointed at the spider vein. Similarly to sclerotherapy, this damages the spider vein and causes it to collapse.
Laser therapy is preferable to sclerotherapy for some patients because it doesn’t penetrate the skin. The laser beam can treat spider veins at the surface of the skin without injections or incisions.
During these spider vein treatments, you’ll remain conscious. Local anesthesia may be used to numb the treatment area and minimize discomfort.
Spider vein treatment involves little downtime; after approximately two to three days, you can get back to your regular schedule and activities. If the spider vein was located on your leg, wearing compression stockings can help prevent more spider veins from forming in the future.
If you’re looking to remove spider veins without surgery, contact us today to learn more about these effective treatment options.