Dilated blood vessels, called Spider veins, are small purple or red veins that can form from a trauma when hit. They are smaller in size by comparison to a varicose vein, but are often more noticeable and darker because they are toward the skin’s surface.
Women are more at risk for acquiring spider veins as they can be triggered through hormonal variations, such as hormone replacement therapy or pregnancy. The resulting symptoms of Charley horses, restless leg syndrome, night cramps in the arch or calf, itching, minor pains and aches. We remove spider veins where they can be found on the chest, face (sides and on nose), legs and ankles. Commonly considered to be an aesthetic problem, spider veins may be an indication of serious vein disease beginning below the skin’s surface. The only way to tell for sure is a Venous doppler ultrasound exam.
Laser Spider Vein Treatment, Sclerotherapy Treatment of Spider veins and Varicose veins.
Spider veins are usually treated with laser vein treatments, sclerotherapy injections or with surgical removal of veins (phlebectomy). To help determine the best option, discuss all of these services with a vein specialist.
Before embarking on an individualized treatment program, you should first have a screening test, usually with a Doppler Ultrasound by our accredited surgical site, American College of Radiology (ACR). The screening is done by a Registered Vascular Technician (RVT) with us by calling 724-987-3220
Though people use the terms varicose veins and spider veins interchangeably, there is noteable differences. Varicose veins are the more serious of the two and lead to surgery more often. Both conditions can escalate from a mild to severe case. Varicose veins are large bulging veins that are dark purple or blue. They typically affect the leg area and are more common in women than men. People that suffer from spider veins have similar contributing factors. Genetics and the fact that at different times during a person's life, such as puberty and menopause, cause an increase in the production of hormones. This can result in a weakening of the vein walls. As we age, vein wall valves begin to fail, causing veins to stretch or break. Normally, that's where spider veins will start to form.
A variety of factors may cause restless leg syndrome and spider veins. However, in some cases, restless leg syndrome associated with spider veins may be attributed to dysfunction of the veins in the legs. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) refers to a condition in which a person experiences unpleasant sensations in the legs when they are at rest. People with RLS may find it difficult to sit still, and they may have trouble sleeping due to the urge to move their legs. Restless leg syndrome is commonly associated with the presence of spider veins.
As we age, developing age spots, spider veins and broken capillaries can unfortunately become part of the ageing process. Even though they are unattractive natural occurrences, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with discolorations on your skin forever. One of the safest and fastest ways to rid the body of discolorations and spider veins is through the use of cosmetic laser therapy. Treatment can be done easily and quickly, with no down time. Vascular treatments target discolorations and spider veins non-invasively below the skin’s surface, while leaving outer layers of skin untouched.
Of course, that’s just one of many treatments that we offer. So, come see us for a consultation and an examination, and we’ll determine the most effective way to slay your spider veins.
An alternative to Laser Spider Vein treatment is Sclerotherapy - tiny injections of solutions into your spider veins. Our doctors perform the procedure in the office and administers the injection with a small needle and syringe. The solution sticks the veins onto themselves and causes them to absorb away, hiding their appearance.
Although not as serious as varicose veins, spider veins are still unattractive and caused by malfunctioning valves that allow blood to pool and stagnate in them. However, even though they may do more aesthetic damage than anything else (and that’s bad enough), if left untreated, they can continue to deteriorate.
Furthermore, perhaps because they prevent proper circulation, spider veins may trigger Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), one symptom of which is, quite fittingly, a creepy-crawly sensation.
Among the factors that can contribute to the formation of spider veins are age, heredity, hormonal fluctuations and pregnancy. Therefore, it’s no surprise that women are not only more likely than men to develop them, but also the need to rid spider veins, otherwise known as arachno-veino-phobia (a completely original and non-technical term).
A: Spider veins are small abnormal vessels located just under the skin.
A: Here at Advanced Vein Center we use a variety of methods to eliminate spiders veins. The process can be done with lasers such as Diode Laser, IPL and Gentleyag. Removal of spider veins can also be done through a process called sclerotherapy.
A: Yes, the results can be very long lasting. Patients have the most success when using along with the R.I.C.E. method - Rest Ice Compression Elevation. We have compression garments.
A: No one has come up with a way to permanently treat spider veins. Vein disease is slowly progressive. There are ten miles of veins in your body. Unless you treat the underlying vein disease and venous reflux then they may occur in new places.
A: Yes, at the Advanced Vein Center and Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa we can also treat spider veins on the nose, face and all over the body very easily and with little discomfort.
A: Spider Veins are not painful because they are so small that you hardly feel them. During treatment there may be a slight pinch. What may be painful are the unseen underlying Varicose veins and reflux disease that cause spider veins to form in the first place.
A: Spider veins are too small to cause noticeable changes in leg swelling; however the underlying cause, which is abnormal valves that cause varicose veins can also cause the appearance of spider veins
A: We provide many other ways to treat spider veins, which include: 1064 laser, Lamprobe, IPL treatment, liquid injectable sclerotherapy, Asclera, foam sclerotherapy and saline injections.
A: Many women consider spider veins to be an unsightly nuisance, some experts say they are a miniscule drain on the vascular system (because the body doesn’t need that much pooling blood to the surface of the skin). If left untreated they may worsen. However there is no urgent medical reason to fix spider veins as it is a cosmetic problem, so that is why it is often an out-of -pocket expense.
A: You should treat your spider veins as soon as they start to annoy you! There is no point in waiting, as they will not go away on their own. Since obesity is a risk factor, after losing weight is an ideal time for the removal of spider veins.
A: After pregnancy, wait about 6 months before having spider veins treated, until your hormones get back to normal. Pregnancy and female hormones are one of the biggest factors that cause spider veins. That is why multiple pregnancies are a main risk factor for spider veins.
A: Wait a couple months after you have finished nursing to start your spider vein treatment.
A: There are no effective creams to treat spider veins, they cannot penetrate skin deep enough to have much effect at all.
A: Asclera is a trade name for Polidocanol, an injectable irritant, used in sclerotherapy to treat varicose and spider veins. Asclera is FDA approved to treat 1mm to 3mm spider and reticular veins by damaging the inside of the small vein and causing minute fibrosis (scar tissue). Asclera is not to be used while pregnant or breastfeeding.
A: Sclerotherapy has been for many years the Gold Standard cosmetic treatment for spider veins. It entails using a tiny injection into the small abnormal red or purple spider veins just under the skin. Usually the injectable solution, or sclerosant, is a solution of saline, or salt, in varying concentrations, based on the size of the vein. This solution irritates the lining of the small spider vein and causes scar tissue or fibrosis of the vein, thus shutting it down and not allowing the blood to flow through the abnormal vessel. Blood is instead routed to healthy vessels.
A: The veins treated by Sclerotherapy are usually permanently closed and destroyed. However this doesn’t stop your body from making new ones somewhere else. Many times a cluster of spider veins was caused by an injury like being hit with a softball or banging your leg. Once these are treated, if you lack underlying vein disease your cosmetic outcome should be long lasting and very pleasing.
A: After sclerotherapy you should not lift anything over 10 pounds for 3-7 days, during which time you should also wear compression stockings.
A: The advantages of sclerotherapy to treat vein problems include good cosmetic outcomes with little down time; Ease of scheduling sclerotherapy treatment, and more confidence in your appearance. Sclerotherapy costs about the same as Laser treatment on spider veins
A: No therapy is perfect, and sclerotherapy does have its cons. Bruising, skin discoloration, small ulcerations and itchiness are all possible after sclerotherapy. Discuss this with your provider prior to treatment. There is a trade off in that the higher the concentration of sclerosing agent used, the better it works, but the risk of complications also increases, too little concentration and it may not work. So your provider should be adept at considering your skin color and skin health, and also the size and depth of the vein being treated when deciding on the concentration that is best for your individual treatment plan.
A: Sclerotherapy has been used safely and effectively for decades; however, the future is promising for using laser surgery such as Diode Laser, IPL, Lamprobe and 1064 Gentle Yag for the removal of spider veins. It is quicker, easier, safer and about the same comfort. At Body Beautiful laser Medi-Spa, we carry each of these lasers to choose the best treatment for your leg depending on vein size and underlying factors. Often the Doppler Ultrasound scan to assess your underlying vein disease is covered by insurance and can help you make your best choice of treatment.
A: Laser vein procedure is effective, but often takes several treatments with time in between treatments to see how well each laser spider vein treatment worked and what is left to treat. Do not judge you final outcome until healing is complete, a couple months later. Many providers will work on one area, or for a specific amount of time in each session. Plan on multiple sessions. Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa offers cosmetic treatment for spider vein packages and free consultations for spider vein treatment. Become a VIP and become eligible for big savings and large discounts. Compression garments are recommended following laser vein therapy.
A: Prevention is important in the care of spider veins. Vitamins to create strong blood vessels are important and include vitamin C, Zinc and Selenium. These are available at the Advanced Vein Center and Beaver Valley Foot Clinic. It is also important to avoid standing and sitting for extended periods of time, get up and move around throughout the day. Compression stocking are very helpful in promoting vein health, as is eating a healthy diet, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding trauma to the legs.
A: The best type of vein doctor to treat spider veins is an MD, Nurse, or Physician assistant under the guidance of a Board Certified General, Vascular or Cosmetic Surgeon. At the Advanced Vein Center and Body Beautiful, we have Board Certified General surgeon and Cosmetic surgeons on staff with highly trained and skilled extenders who perform these treatments on a daily basis with very satisfied patients.
A: All our Vein Centers in Butler, and Vein clinics in Beaver and Allegheny County offer laser spider vein therapy are reasonable prices, as most insurance companies consider it a cosmetic problem. Treating the underlying vein disease is often covered by insurance so you should have the doppler exam to determine if yours is a cosmetic or medically necessary condition.
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