What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are thin blood vessels that are usually red, blue, or purple in color. They normally have a twisted or branched appearance, and can cover large or small areas of skin. They are easily visible through the skin, and usually appear on the legs and face.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins can be caused by a variety of environmental or genetic factors. Some lifestyle or environmental factors that can contribute to spider veins are lack of exercise, pregnancy, hormonal changes, obesity, trauma to an area, or occupations that require long periods of sitting or standing. Most spider veins are caused from venous insufficiency but can be treated in the earlier stages.
Spider Vein Treatment at Breeze Laser Center
If you are tired of feeling self-conscious or trying to hide your spider veins, the vein specialists at Breeze Laser Center in Dr Phillips, Orlando can educate you about the available treatment options.
While the presence of spider veins on your legs is usually not a medical concern, these small, highly visible clusters of dark purple, blue or red veins can be cosmetically unappealing. At Breeze Laser Center, our sclerotherapy treatments safely and comfortably eliminate spider veins and restore natural beauty to your skin.
For small varicose and spider veins, sclerotherapy is often considered the most effective treatment. During sclerotherapy, a medicinal solution is directly injected into affected veins. The solution causes the walls of the veins to swell shut and block the flow of blood. Over a short period of time, the treated veins clot, causing the blood supply to reroute to healthier veins. The treated vein turn to scar tissue and are absorbed by the body, eventually fading.
When Will I See Results?
The results of sclerotherapy may take anywhere from three to eight weeks for treated veins to disappear. For larger treated veins, hyperpigmentation may occur and take longer to fade. Immediately after treatment, most patients return to normal activities, but compression stockings are recommended for four days. This allows the solution to remain in the targeted vein until it clots.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Minor bruising and swelling are common at injection sites after treatment, and will quickly subside. During your consultation, our provider will discuss complications with you, and help you determine if sclerotherapy is right for you.
Sclerotherapy is not recommended for patients with large varicose veins or people with chronic venous insufficiency.
Before a sclerotherapy treatment, it is advised to avoid shaving or applying any lotions to your legs. It is advised to avoid sun exposure or tanning beds immediately following the procedure.
Laser Vein Treatment
Laser vein treatment is one of the most popular options for the removal of spider veins. This advanced technology works by emitting pulses of laser energy into the skin, which bypass the surface and are absorbed by the targeted veins. The laser energy is then converted to heat, which causes the veins to seal shut.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Laser vein treatment may cause slight discomfort to treated areas. The veins may appear slightly flushed and raised before turning to a tiny scab. Although there is typically no necessary aftercare, Arnica cream can help healing and any inflammation that may occur.
Multiple treatment sessions may be necessary for total vein clearance, and not all cases qualify for treatment. The best way to determine laser vein treatment is right for you is to call us today at our Orlando location to schedule a consultation.