As you grow older, it is not uncommon to develop the condition of spider veins. Although they do not normally lead to symptoms, most people consider them to be undesirable and would like them removed. If this describes you, you will probably find yourself looking for a good spider veins specialist soon.
When you are seeking out treatment for varicose or spider veins, you will probably be looking for a vascular surgeon or vascular medicine specialist. These doctors specialize in conditions affecting blood vessels. A dermatologist may also be able to treat you for your spider veins.
What are Spider Veins?
When addressing spider veins, it may be helpful to understand what causes them in the first place. Veins are blood vessels that allow blood to travel through them back to your heart. They contain one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing back into them. A varicose vein is a vein with a faulty one-way valve that allows blood to pool into it and distort its appearance.
Spider veins are smaller versions of varicose veins. Instead of being blue-green in color, they tend to be red or blue and have a spider web appearance. Spider veins have a much lower incidence of causing symptoms, although most sufferers would like them to be removed for purely cosmetic reasons.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an older, non-invasive spider veins removal technique. Your spider vein specialist will inject the dysfunctional spider vein with a sspecialized solution to irritate the walls of the vein and cause its collapse. Your body will then absorb the remains of this spider vein and reroute its blood into healthy blood vessels.
After your sclerotherapy procedure, you’ll be encouraged to take a short walk immediately after your treatment, and walk about half an hour daily for a couple of weeks. Avoid vigorous exercise for a day or two, and aerobic exercise for one week.
What is EVLT?
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is a more modern spider vein removal technique that utilizes a safe laser to treat the condition. We direct a laser to transmit focused light energy into the walls of the dysfunctional vein. Like sclerotherapy, this leads to the collapse of the vein and the rerouting of its blood into neighboring blood vessels that are functioning normally.
After your procedure, you should begin walking daily for a minimum of 30 minutes. You should elevate your leg using pillows to reduce soreness. Avoid vigorous exercise like heavy weight training, Pilates, or high impact aerobics. Following these instructions will help to improve blood circulation in the treatment area and lower the risk of developing adverse events.