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How Should I Treat My Spider Veins?

Published on September 17, 2015

Genetics, prolonged standing, using birth control pills and hormonal changes from puberty and pregnancy can all cause spider veins to occur. The small, purple and blue veins are fairly common, occurring in 30 to 60 percent of adults. Though women are more likely to develop them, both men and women are susceptible. Though harmless, many people find the veins embarrassing and unsightly. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to help treat your spider veins.

Sclerotherapy to treat varicose veins

Sclerotherapy is normally the best option for small spider veins. During this treatment option, a fine needle is inserted into the vein and a saline solution is injected. A small amount of pain is normal as the solution is injected and it can cause brief cramping in the leg.

The procedure typically takes between 15 to 30 minutes. The solution causes the vein to collapse and eventually scar. In turn, the blood that originally went to the vein is forced to go through healthier channels. The spider vein is eventually reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue and fades. The vein normally fades away within two to three weeks after being treated, though it can take up to a month to see full results. In larger veins, sometimes more than one session is needed to completely treat the problem.

Laser Therapy Treatment in New York

Laser therapy is another effective treatment option for getting rid of spider veins. Using a small, hand-held device, high-intensity light is emitted onto the skin over the vein. A light tingling or stinging feeling may be felt as the laser is used on the skin. The heat from the laser damages the vein and cause scar tissue to form.

The scar tissue closes the vein and causes the blood to be re-directed. As it’s no longer being used, the vein will eventually die and be absorbed into the tissue. Laser therapy is effective on larger veins. More than one session is needed for the laser therapy to work, with sessions typically being scheduled six to 12 weeks apart.

Safety Concerns Associated With These Cosmetic Procedures

Both sclerotherapy and laser therapy are completely safe. Both have been used for many years to effectively treat spider veins. A board-certified dermatologist will thoroughly examine you before your treatment to determine which treatment option is best for you.

Call Westchester Center for Dermatology

At Westchester Center for Dermatology, our professionals can help you to regain your confidence by treating your spider veins. Call our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment.