Spider veins are not only unattractive but are unhealthy as well. Fortunately, treatment is available at Supriya Aesthetic Dermatology for those who live in Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County.
What are spider veins?
Veins that become dark red, blue, or purple can be either varicose veins or spider veins. Varicose veins are typically larger and darker in color. Spider veins are tiny and threadlike and are also closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Spider veins may eventually become varicose veins if they are left untreated.
What causes spider veins?
These veins result when valves inside the leg veins become weakened, thereby allowing blood to back up or leak. This, in turn, causes them to be enlarged and more visible. A number of factors contribute to this happening including the following:
- Hormonal changes
- Standing or sitting for long periods of time
How are spider veins treated?
The most common method of treating spider veins is through sclerotherapy. This involves the injection of a chemical into the enlarged vein which will cause the vein to swell and then become sealed. After some time, it will turn into scar tissue and then simply fade away. Multiple treatments are sometimes needed to remove all instances of spider veins, and procedures are normally performed at four- to six-week intervals.
Spider veins may also be sealed with the use of a laser or catheter. In these cases, heat is used to seal the vein. This also results in scar tissue formation, after which time the vein will not be noticeable.
Do spider vein treatments hurt?
When lasers are used to treat spider veins, patients may notice a burning sensation in the legs. To prevent this from becoming too intense, some method of cooling needs to be applied to the skin during treatment. There can also be some discomfort when catheters are inserted into the vein.
What side effects can be noticed after spider vein treatment?
The skin of the legs may be discolored or slightly red shortly after a procedure. This normally goes away within a few days. The skin may also swell and become itchy shortly afterward. Light bleeding and bruising may also occur near an injection site. Scarring and discoloration can take place, although it is rare that this happens.
When will results be noticed?
In most cases, results can be noticed in about two or three weeks, with continued improvement seen after each subsequent treatment.
What is the recovery period like?
Patients may need to wear a compression stocking for 72 hours or more after treatment. Most people are advised to avoid strenuous activities such as jogging for up to a week. Even so, walking is strongly encouraged, since this helps promote healthy blood flow to the legs.
Who is a good candidate for spider vein treatment?
Patients can have successful spider vein treatment if:
- They are in overall good health
- No blood-thinning medications are being taken
- Circulatory disorders or diabetes is not a problem
- They are not pregnant
How long will results last?
This varies from person to person, but many people can realize the benefits of this procedure for several years. Exposure to the same factors that predispose people to spider veins can nonetheless make them reoccur after a time.
Many people can benefit from having spider vein treatment. This outpatient procedure can be successfully performed by Dr. Supriya Tomar at our office.
How Much Does Spider Vein Treatment Cost?
Skin rejuvenation treatments are considered to be elective, so most insurance providers won’t cover the costs. To help make spider vein treatment affordable and accessible for everyone, Supriya Aesthetic Dermatology offers financing options via CareCredit®. We also accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards. Contact us today if you have any questions about the cost of spider vein treatment.
Supriya Aesthetic Dermatology treats all instances of spider veins for those who live in Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County. To schedule a consultation, those in this area can contact us at 561-529-4966 to set up an appointment.