Spider veins occur when the one-way valves in our veins fail. This allows blood to pool, especially in the legs, because they are farthest from the heart and blood must fight gravity to circulate properly. If you are embarrassed by your spider veins, there are several procedures available to remove them and give you flawless legs.
Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is done in the office, with no anesthetic needed. Medication is injected into the offending veins, which causes them to collapse and disappear within a few weeks. This therapy has been performed for over 150 years and is perfectly safe. Our circulatory systems are redundant, so blood flow will just be rerouted to another vein, deeper in the leg and out of sight. Possible side effects include swelling, bruising, itching and a slight chance of infection. You can use an ice pack to soothe any irritation and avoid infection by keeping the injection sites clean.
If you are not keen on needles, laser therapy uses light to get rid of spider veins. This treatment is popular for mild cases and does not work well on large varicose veins. You may experience skin pigment changes, swelling or bruising. As this method does not break the skin, the risk of infection is nil.
No matter what treatments you have for your spider veins, lifestyle changes can help lessen recurrance and help keep your veins healthy. Avoid standing for long periods and do not sit with your feet tucked under you, as both of these habits place enormous pressure on the legs. Exercise frequently to encourage good blood flow. If you notice small spider veins starting, have them treated before they gave a chance to get worse.
For most patients, a series of treatments is necessary to achieve full results with treatments being several weeks apart. We recommend starting vein treatment as soon as possible, so you can have beach ready legs in time for summer! At Mariposa Aesthetics and Laser Center, we’ll work with you to help you get the best possible results.
Spider veins are unsightly and can make you self-conscious, especially during the warm summer months. If you are ready to get treatment, call our office to schedule an appointment. At Mariposa Aesthetics and Laser Center, our medical team is happy to discuss your options and get you on your way to smooth, flawless legs.