If you have spider veins that make you feel self-conscious, you may be wondering – How can I treat spider veins? Millions of Americans are affected by spider veins, and although they are not usually harmful, they can be unattractive, so they’re often treated for cosmetic reasons.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are clusters of small blood vessels that form in a web-like pattern and can be seen just below the surface of the skin. Spider veins are most common on the face and legs and may be red, blue, or purple in color.
How Can I Treat Spider Veins?
There are several treatment options available for spider veins including sclerotherapy, laser therapy, and VeinGogh.
- Sclerotherapy involves the use of a sclerosing solution that is injected directly into the offending vein, causing the walls of the vessel to collapse. The vein generally fades within the following 4-6 weeks. Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis.
- Laser therapy is an effective treatment for small spider veins that cannot be treated with sclerotherapy. During treatment, the laser light is directed to the damaged vein, and the thermal heat causes it to collapse and close.
- VeinGogh is another treatment for spider veins that are too small to be injected. VeinGogh is a minimally invasive treatment that uses micro-bursts of heat to treat spider veins. The heat is delivered to the veins through a tiny probe. There may be some redness and inflammation after VeinGogh, but downtime is minimal.
In some cases, a combination of procedures may be needed to treat spider veins.
If you would like to get rid of unsightly spider veins, it is essential to consult with an experienced vascular surgeon to ensure the best possible results.