Spider veins refers to a vein condition called telangiectasia. They are more common in women than men with more than half of the women in the United States having spider veins. They are the thin, web-like reddish-purple veins that usually appear just under the skin on the legs or face but can appear anywhere on the body. Spider veins are not a health hazard but they are a cosmetic concern for many who have them. They don’t usually cause any discomfort, but in some cases can cause swelling, heaviness and tiredness in the legs. Fortunately, they can be removed with minimally invasive treatments. Here are some of the best treatments for spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is a common, minimally invasive treatment for spider veins. Our specialist or trained technician will inject a solution, usually saline solution, into the tiny vein. This damages the vein and causes it to close, stopping the blood flow. The vein may turn white and gradually be absorbed by the surrounding tissue and disappear. Sclerotherapy has a high success rate and is the most popular treatment for spider veins.
For the smaller, thin veins that may be difficult to inject, laser treatments are recommended. It involves a hand-held device that is aimed at the spider vein from the skin’s surface. The strong bursts of light go directly through the skin into the vein. You may need several treatments with a laser procedure before the spider vein disappears.
The closure system uses a sticky substance that is injected into the spider vein. It closes the vein permanently, and it slowly disappears.8
How to Avoid Spider Veins
Not everyone develops spider veins but the main cause is too much pressure on the legs. This may happen if you have a job that requires you to stand for long periods of time such as nursing or teaching. Heredity or the tendency to develop spider veins is another reason some people get them and some don’t. There are a few things you can do that may help reduce the risk of developing spider veins.
- Reduce the pressure in your legs by periodically walking for a few minutes if you sit for many hours. Maintaining a healthy weight will also help reduce the pressure in your legs.
- Get enough exercise by fast walking or jogging to strengthen your muscles and keep your circulation healthy.
- If you have to be on your feet, consider wearing compression stockings during the hours you are standing. You may also take a few minutes throughout the day to sit with your feet raised above your heart.
You don’t need to live with unsightly spider veins. When you talk to our specialist you can ask about the best treatments for spider veins. Your veins will be examined and a treatment may be prescribed. Reach out to us here at Rejuveination located in Cincinnati, OH. to learn more. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!