How to Treat Spider Veins

Spider veins are blue or red lines shaped like a spiderweb or tree branch and are located just below the epidermis of the skin. They are most commonly found on the legs and face.

Many men and women struggle with spider veins. Fortunately, there are safe and effective procedures that can lessen the unattractive vein buildup and give you the confidence you need.

Although spider veins are harmless and occur naturally as part of the aging process, many people still dislike their appearance. The good news is that this guide will go over how to treat spider veins.

Causes Of Spider Veins

Spider veins in the legs can develop for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Weight fluctuation
  • Hormonal shifts

All of this raises the question of whether spider veins are preventable. Although there is no foolproof way to stop them, there are steps you may take to lower your risk.

Typical methods for avoiding spider veins include:

  • Regular exercise and weight monitoring 
  • A healthy diet low in salt and high in fiber
  • When seated, keep your legs straight and up. 
  • Increasing blood flow and muscle tone often reduces the chance of developing spider veins on the face and legs 

Spider Vein Removal

There are effective, safe, and painless methods for getting rid of spider veins. Depending on the severity of the spider veins and the desired outcome, many options are available. Sclerotherapy is one remedy. The following information will help you understand how sclerotherapy can be the best treatment for you.

Get Rid Of Spider Veins With Sclerotherapy

The most typical method of treating spider veins is sclerotherapy. Dermatologists and specialists have developed chemotherapy for over 70 years to make it safer and provide patients with better outcomes.

During this procedure, a solution is directly injected into the veins. The solution makes the vein walls enlarge, adhere together, and close, preventing blood flow and causing the vein to collapse.

Multiple sessions of sclerotherapy may be necessary for more prominent veins or situations that are more difficult to treat. You may have to wait three to four months to observe the full effects.

It takes between 30 and 45 minutes to perform sclerotherapy. Like with any treatment that involves injections, the injection site may experience some minor bruising or skin discoloration, but these side effects should go away after a few weeks.

Is Sclerotherapy Effective?

Generally, you can expect a positive outcome from this treatment. Spider veins are particularly responsive to sclerotherapy. An estimated 60% to 80% of veins may disappear with each treatment.

Most people notice vein shrinkage and fading a few weeks following treatments, while some patients need several months to see a change.

In most cases, the healing process following sclerotherapy is quick. You can drive home after treatment to resume your regular activities. Don’t be surprised if your specialist advises walking and or compression socks for your recovery.

Other Forms Of Treatment For Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is a standard, effective and safe treatment for many patients. However, there are also other forms of treatment for spider veins, e.g.

  • Laser treatment
  • Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT)
  • Surgery

Bottom Line

Simply put, anything that puts pressure on your vascular system may result in spider veins. Most of the time, they are painless and do not pose health risks. That said, some people may want to have them treated for aesthetic purposes.

Spider veins can either be removed or improved in appearance with various treatments like Sclerotherapy. It is always crucial to speak with a qualified healthcare provider who specializes in dermatology, vein care, or cosmetic or plastic surgery before having any medical procedures to treat spider veins.

Consultations Available Now

Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting with one of our knowledgeable medical staff at Yaletown Laser Centre for an in-person consultation.

Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

*Individual results may vary.

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