Spider Veins and Best Treatments
Spiders and spider webs are fun during Halloween, but not when they cover your skin. Spider veins are a common skin condition consisting of clusters of red, blue, or purple veins that often appear on the legs and the face. Causes for spider veins include hormone changes, sudden changes in weight, pregnancy, genetics, or prolonged sitting or standing.
Although common, these veins can be a nuisance for patients who want clear skin, but the good news is that spider veins are highly treatable. Treatment options will depend on the location of your spider veins, but the board certified dermatologists of the ADC will be able to recommend the best course of action for each individual after a thorough examination of your veins.
Treatments for Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is an injectable glycerin spider vein treatment, and can also be used to treat spider veins on the legs. This treatment significantly diminishes the appearance of spider veins in a patient’s legs, and during the procedure, the legs are elevated and a provider injects the painless solution into the veins to help dissolve their appearance on the skin.
The number of injections needed depends on the number of veins that need treatment. After the procedure is completed, patients won’t have any trouble standing or walking, which is essential to preventing blood clots in the legs. Most patients can expect to see results in three to six weeks, and with a follow-up examination, the need for future treatments can be determined.
VBeam® Perfecta is a treatment which employs light energy to target spider veins under the skin. The VBeam® Perfecta emits energy that is absorbed by the spider veins, causing them to collapse, promoting the body’s natural heating response to reabsorb the veins.
The length of each treatment depends on the size of the area that needs treatment, and patients only experience mild bit discomfort, or no discomfort at all. Results are generally seen directly after treatment.