Spider vein treatment usually falls in two categories depending on the severity of the problem. If you’re experiencing spider veins, you know how unsightfuly they can be, despite not being a danger to your health. And while many spider veins are visible on the legs, they can also show up on the face.
What makes spider veins worse is that they’re usually purple or red-colored while sometimes bulging from the skin similarly to varicose veins. That reddish color comes from your blood vessels, and the reasons for it aren’t always known. Age usually plays a factor in why they appear.
So how can you get rid of them so they aren’t such a problem for your appearance? You should learn a little about Sclerotherapy and an alternative laser treatment.
What to Expect with Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy will be considered first for treatment. It’s the same procedure that’s done for those who experience varicose veins. The latter condition is similar to spider veins, except the only difference is varicose veins cause pain in the legs. However, Sclerotherapy is a pain-free procedure and merely involves injecting a solution into the vein to help make the redness in the blood vessels disappear.
Before you do Sclerotherapy, you need to be checked whether you have any allergies to the particular agent your surgeon chooses to use. There’s also a very small chance of a blood clot developing in a vein after the solution is injected. But this is extremely rare as is any chance of air bubbles in your bloodstream.
Overall, Sclerotherapy is one of the safest skin procedures available. The procedure itself is just as simple and doesn’t involve too much prep time. You only have to remember not to shave the spot where the injections will be. During the procedure, you’ll have to recline on your back with legs slightly elevated. Injections of the solution will be done in each vein, depending on how many spider veins you have.
The solution essentially closes off the offending vein to prevent any blood flow. Once the vein is closed off, it becomes scar tissue over the next few weeks to a point of elimination.
Then, when the procedure is done, you’ll only have to worry about keeping compression on the area to make sure the veins disappear. That’s usually done with compression socks or bandages. The stockings, in particular, fit tight so they can also prevent any bruises from developing around the area where the injections took place.
Laser Treatment as an Alternative
You’ll only need laser treatment if Sclerotherapy wasn’t completely successful in removing your spider veins. In some cases, they may be used together for treatment with stronger impact. Keep in mind that because a laser is involved, you might feel a little sting when it hits your skin. Regardless, most lasers use a cooling tip to alleviate an overly serious pain.
The laser will penetrate your vein and coagulate the blood flow just like the solution in Sclerotherapy does. Recovery is also the same with compression socks and bandages. You should also know that laser treatment sometimes means coming back for a second time to ensure complete removal of the spider vein.
Visit us here at BC Laser and Skincare Clinic or contact us to learn more about our spider vein treatments. Our founding doctor, Dr. Sachit Shah, does most of the skin procedures and uses the latest laser technologies to ensure any skin issue you have will be removed with excellent results.