Spider Vein Treatment


Spider veins appear right beneath the skin’s surface and are often red, blue or purple in color. Spider veins usually appear as small, thin, jagged lines that sometimes resemble tree branches or spider webs. They are usually present on the face or the legs. The main difference between spider veins and varicose veins is size — spider veins are smaller than varicose veins. They both occur as a result of pooling of blood in the veins, which is caused by weak or damaged vein valves.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Veins direct blood back to the heart from the rest of the body. As leg muscles contract, blood is pushed back to the heart against the flow of gravity. Leg veins have valves that prevent the blood from coming back down, but if a valve is weak or damaged, blood can get through and accumulate. This pooling of blood creates both spider and varicose veins.

There are a number of factors that contribute to a person’s chances of getting spider veins:

  • Heredity
  • Hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Injury
  • Standing occupation

Treatment Options for Spider Veins

  • SCLEROTHERAPY is one of the most effective treatments available for spider veins. It involves injection of sclerosants into the vein, which cause the vein to collapse. It is normally used to treat leg veins, but can also be used for facial veins. Most experts find sclerotherapy to be more effective and less painful than laser treatment of spider veins of the leg.
  • PULSED LIGHT REJUVENATION WITH ADVANCED FOTOFACIAL involves the use of pulses of visible light, primarily to treat spider veins in the face. Most experts prefer laser/light treatment for spider veins of the face.
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