Spider veins and varicose veins can be visually unpleasant—and painful. Spider veins are very small pink or purple vessels that appear like webs or strings just under the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are larger and deeper under the skin in the legs.
While rarely considered a serious health concern, varicose veins can also cause a variety of medical problems. These include aching, throbbing, swelling, sores or rashes, bleeding, thickening of the skin, and enough discomfort to interfere with your daily activities. But you can get help. Whether you want to soothe the swelling or simply improve your looks, there are a variety of treatments available for varicose and spider veins.
For Spider Veins
Some of your treatment options for spider veins (telangiectasia) include the following:
- Sclerotherapy (legs) in which a chemical is injected into the veins, causing injury to the vessel lining. As the body heals, the vein scars in, so there is no more blood flow and therefore it disappears.
- Surface laser treatments (face) uses intense light or laser causing injury to the vessel lining. As the body heals, the vein scars in, so there is no more blood flow and therefore it disappears.
To determine if spider vein treatment is the right decision for you, request a consultation with one of our plastic and reconstructive surgery specialists.
For Varicose Veins
Some treatment options for varicose veins include the following:
- Radiofrequency and/or laser treatment to seal deeper veins
- Surgical ligation to tie off and remove the veins through tiny cuts in the skin
Pregnancy can also boost the risk of developing varicose veins. That’s because an increased blood flow makes veins enlarge, and the expanding uterus presses on veins. Varicose veins usually recede within about three months after delivery, but new varicose veins can appear with each new pregnancy. Discuss optimal treatment timing with your doctor.
To determine if varicose vein treatment is the right decision for you, request a consultation with one of our vascular surgeons.