What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are dilated or stretched blood vessels that have a branching pattern. They are commonly found on the thigh, lower leg and occasionally on the face. They are progressive in nature and usually increase in number and visibility with age.
Do Spider Veins need a treatment?
Spider Veins do not need a treatment if they are primarily a cosmetic problem. It is in severe cases that do not respond to compression therapy, especially those associated with ulcers and dermatitis, wherein further treatment is required.
WHEN DO SPIDER VEINS NEED A TREATMENT?
One should undergo SPIDER VEINS TREATMENT in the following situations:vIf you have visible veins on your legs or thighs that have a branching or web like patternvIf you have a pattern of branching veins on your face that you try to concealvIf you feel that your spider veins are a sign of aging that you would like to eliminate
What types of treatment should be done for Spider Veins?
Spider Veins can be treated either by going for Sclerotherapy or Laser Vein Treatment. These procedures are used to treat dilated or stretched blood vessels, erasing them from your skin. Both of the treatments are undergone respectively in the following manner:Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is effective for medium-sized blood vessels (greater than three millimeters in diameter). A sclerosing solution is injected into the vein with a micro-needle which causes the vein to shrink, turn white (blanch) and then gradually disappear. After the procedure, compression stockings are recommended to compress the veins and maximize the chance of treatment success. There is little if any discomfort when undergoing this procedure and there is no interruption. It is noteworthy that a person is not a candidate for sclerotherapy if one is either pregnant or if one has a history of blood clots.
Laser vein treatment
Lasers are typically used to treat small to medium-sized blood vessels (one to three millimeters in diameter) that usually occur in the face. The doctor covers your eyes during the treatment to protect your corneas and retinas from the laser beams. A handpiece is passed over your skin and the laser light is absorbed by the blood, causing the vessels to coagulate and be absorbed by the body. There may be some skin reddening, bruising, and blistering, but such side effects subside within a couple of weeks or a couple of months. It is necessary to protect the areas with the treatment from getting direct sun exposure.
Which procedure should be selected for the treatment of Spider Veins?
Sclerotherapy is a time-tested and proven method for a very safe and popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure for treating spider veins. In other cases, if spider veins are small and located around your ankle or on your face, then laser therapy may be a better option as a nonsurgical alternative to sclerotherapy.
What care should be taken while going for a treatment of Spider Veins?
One should talk with the doctor before about the pre-operational measures which one needs to implement before going for SPIDER VEINS TREATMENT. The doctor will generally give the following necessary instructions to the patient:vTo stop smoking in order to provide more scope for healingvTo avoid take other anti-inflammatory drugs, which cause bleedingvRegardless of the type of procedure, it is necessary to allow hydration before and after the surgery for the safe recovery from the problem
One should also check it out with the insurance company whether it will accept the claim for the treatment procedure or not to ensure about the cost of the treatment. The treatment of Spider veins is usually done on one-on-one basis. The patient should make sure that there is someone to stay with him/her for at least one more day after the treatment procedure is completed.