Overview

What Are Spider & Varicose Veins?

What Are Spider & Varicose Veins?

Spider and varicose veins on your legs, face, and feet can cause embarrassment and make you hesitate to show off your skin.

  • Spider veins are very small pink or purple vessels that look like webs or strings just under the surface of the skin.
  • Varicose veins usually appear in your legs or feet and are swollen and twisted. They are larger and deeper under the skin.

Enlarged veins may make you feel uncomfortable with how your skin looks. But different types of laser and chemical injection treatments can safely and quickly make these veins less noticeable.

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What Are the Causes of Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are rarely considered a serious health concern, but they can 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.

Pregnancy can also increase your chance of developing varicose veins. That’s because increased blood flow makes veins larger, and the expanding uterus presses on veins. Varicose veins usually go away within about three months after delivery, but new varicose veins can appear with each new pregnancy.

Sclerotherapy: Treating Varicose & Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for treating unwanted leg veins, including reticular varicosities and spider veins.

During your first consultation, your doctor will examine your legs to make sure you don’t have more serious vein problems (like deep venous insufficiency, for example). If your doctor determines you’re a good candidate, your doctor will begin small injections of safe chemicals into your veins. Your doctor will use very small needles. You will feel only slight pain and won’t need topical numbing. Most patients read, listen to music, or have conversations with us during their treatment sessions.

We use either glycerin or polidocanol chemicals for the injections, and both of these solutions injure the blood vessel lining and cause the vein to collapse. As your body heals, the vein fills with scar tissue so there is no more blood flow. This causes the vein to disappear.

 The most common side effects include:

  • bruising for one to three weeks,
  • itching and hive-like swelling in the area of your injection,
  • and mild soreness for one to three days.

Most patients need two to four treatments.

We will ask you to wear compression stockings for two weeks after your treatment.

Alexandrite & ND:Yag Lasers

Althought Alexandrite & ND:Yag lasers are known for treating birthmarks and larger blood vessels on the face (like the large blood vessels on the nose), these lasers can also treat certain types of spider veins on the legs.  

Treating unwanted veins with Alexandrite and ND:Yag lasers is very fast. The laser uses intense light which injures you blood vessel lining. As your body heals, the vein fills with scar tissue so there is no more blood flow. This causes the vein to disappear.

Your doctor will put a topical numbing on your skin to make sure you don’t feel any pain. You may have bruising and darkened blood vessels around the area where the laser was used for one to two weeks after.

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