Spider veins are red, purple or blue veins that twist and turn. They are typically found on the face and legs, and in most cases do not cause pain or discomfort. However, some people do experience aches, pains and/or a burning sensation from these veins. Spider veins are also unsightly and can put a dent in your self-esteem, especially if they appear in highly visible areas.
Thankfully, you have options to get rid of spider veins. Keep reading to explore the five most common treatment options.
Sclerotherapy is the most widely accepted treatment option. This procedure involves using a small needle to introduce sclerosant into the vein or vein network. The sclerosant then eliminates the vein from sight or at least significantly reduces its visibility. No anesthesia is required for the procedure, and in most cases a single injection will cure the affected vein.
2. Laser Surgery
Laser surgery sends strong bursts of light into the affected veins to make them disappear. The doctor does not need to make incisions or use needles for this procedure, and it can be particularly effective on facial spider veins. However, it is not usually successful in treating larger veins.
3. Endovenous Laser Treatment
The only difference between this treatment option and laser surgery is that the pulses of light are delivered inside the vein instead of outside of it. The procedure requires anesthesia.
4. Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation involves inserting a small catheter into the vein and then using the catheter to deliver radiofrequency energy to the vein walls. The energy causes the affected veins to shut down, after which your body reroutes blood to other, healthy veins.
5. Lifestyle Changes
Making lifestyle changes will not immediately get rid of spider veins, However, these changes can be effective long term and can also prevent the formation of new spider veins. Exercising daily, eating healthy foods and keeping skin clean are all effective steps for promoting good vein health and preventing unsightly spider and/or varicose veins.
The best first step you can take to deal with spider veins is to seek professional medical help. These veins appear for a number of reasons, and determining the root cause is vital both for getting rid of them and preventing spider veins from coming back. In most instances, a doctor will recommend treatment as well as natural steps you can take to keep your veins healthy and in good shape. If you have questions or want to schedule a consultation, contact Georgia Dermatology Partners today.