October 18, 2018

2 Effective Options for Treating Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

It’s one of those things that you might not notice on your body right away. When you discover it, it can look like a serious problem. And you probably won’t have any idea about how to treat it.

Fortunately, considering how unsightly they might be, treating spider veins, or the related varicose veins, is relatively easy and pain-free.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins and varicose veins are red, purple or blue blood vessels that can be seen through your skin. They get their name from the fact that the pattern of the veins can look like a spider web.

They can be caused by regularly standing or sitting for extended periods, hormonal issues or obesity, among other things. Their appearance is due to the inflammation of the blood vessel.

While they usually develop on the legs, they can also appear in other parts of your body, including the face.

Symptoms can include discomfort and/or swelling in the legs. In rare situations, varicose veins can lead to blood clots and/or sores on the skin.

How to Treat Spider Veins

Regardless of if you have physical symptoms due to your spider veins, you may want to treat them just because of their appearance.

Sclerotherapy and laser therapy are two fast, safe and effective spider vein treatments. The treatment that’s best for you depends on the severity of your condition.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy involves the injection of medication into the affected veins using a small needle. The medication helps to reduce the size and appearance of the vein until it disappears. Depending on the extent of your spider veins, you may need more than one sclerotherapy treatment. But don’t worry, they only cause very slight, temporary discomfort and they’re done in less than half an hour.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy uses heat energy that’s absorbed by the vein to shrink the vein until it gradually disappears.

If you are concerned about the appearance or health implications of your spider veins, contact True MediSpa today. We can help.